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Destiny's Child is Billboard's Artist of the Year

Plus, NBC nixes ”Titans,” Clapton and Whitney Houston join Wyclef charity gig, and more

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AWARDS Say their names, say their names! Lineup challenged girl group Destiny’s Child was named Artist of the Year and Group of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards, held Tuesday night at the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show, hosted by ‘N Sync and Kathy Griffin, was broadcast live on Fox TV. Honors, based on groups’ chart rankings, were also doled out to Sisqó, who took home six prizes including Male Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. Creed was named Rock Artist of the Year and Christina Aguilera nabbed Female Artist of the Year. ‘N Sync’s record breaking ”No Strings Attached” was — of course — Album of the Year.

RECORDS But enough about ‘N Sync‘s measly 2.4 million albums sold in a single week. It seems the Beatles are still the world’s most popular boy band. The group’s latest anthology, ”1,” has officially broken ‘N Sync’s record for the fastest selling album ever, according to their label Apple. The greatest hits album sold 3.6 million copies in its first week of release and has sold more than 12 million units in three weeks. ”Sales are going through the roof and it’s not going to stop here,” Beatles press officer Jeff Baker told Reuters. The collection of 27 number one singles is on track to become the best selling album by a group — ever. Funny that people haven’t noticed that all of these classic tunes are available free of charge in elevators throughout the world.

AXED Alas, we’ll have to go somewhere other than NBC for our dose of nighttime soap opera trash. The Peacock has nixed Aaron Spelling‘s ”Titans.” Four of the fall season’s remaining 13 shows will air over the next several weeks, but network execs say they will not order a full year’s worth of episodes. Meanwhile, the show’s producers are reportedly gunning for Bush’s election in the hopes that he will revive public interest in mendacious American dynasties.

CHARITY Wyclef Jean has announced that Eric Clapton, Whitney Houston, and Destiny’s Child are among the performers who appear at his benefit concert to be held Jan. 19 at Carnegie Hall. ”Ever since I was a little kid, I was like, ‘One of these days, I’m gonna play Carnegie Hall,”’ Jean said at a press conference yesterday. ”This is the first time in history that you get a kid from a hip hop background headlining Carnegie Hall…. We told them we’d play things like Frank Sinatra.” Jean also said he’s written a new tune to perform with Clapton during the show. The proceeds of the star studded gala will go to The Wyclef Jean Foundation, which awards underprivileged kids with music lessons, instruments, and summer camp sessions. Tickets, available through the Carnegie Hall box office, range from what Jean called ”’hood prices” ($85 to $150) to as much as $1,000, otherwise known as the ”Puff Daddy prices.”

DENIED Dudley Moore says that reports of his health have been greatly exaggerated. On Monday, Moore, who suffers from a fatal degenerative brain disease, told a BBC show that his future is ”short and uncertain.” The quote prompted reports that the actor is close to death. ”I suppose my imminent death will sell papers, while my positive and life affirming work is of no interest to anyone,” Moore said in an email sent to the media via his publicist. ”I challenge you to set the record straight. His publicist added that he is making ”excellent progress in his treatment and recovery.”

MOTHER LOAD Pearl Jam fans, beware: The Seattle pop band is about to unleash another 47 CD bootlegs from their North American tour. The first set of 23 will be available via their Web site on Jan. 30 and in stores Feb. 27. The second set can be purchased online Feb. 27 and in stores March 27. We get exhausted just thinking about it.