This week on the music beat

By Tom Sinclair
Updated September 17, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

TOY VEY Randy Newman has sung most of the tunes he’s written for the movies — five of them Oscar nominated — but we won’t hear a peep out of him in Toy Story 2. The animated sequel’s big ballad, ”When She Loved Me,” has been recorded by Sarah McLachlan, warbling on behalf of a doll neglected by a little girl. We’ll also hear a reprise of ”You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” because ”you want to remind people of what fun we had when everybody made half a billion dollars,” says Newman. This time it’s sung by Wheezy the penguin, a.k.a. … Robert Goulet. — Chris Willman

GRAND OLE TEEN POP-RY Hank Williams died for this? Bubblegummers ‘N Sync will hit the Grand Ole Opry House to perform ”God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You” with Alabama, Sept. 22, at the 33rd Annual Country Music Association Awards (the two groups recorded the song together for Alabama’s new album, Twentieth Century). Lance Bass, ‘N Sync’s resident country fan, says he’s psyched about the gig, but admits he had to educate his band mates: ”The other guys weren’t into country at all, but since I’ve made them listen to it, they actually respect and enjoy a lot of it.” Will they get duded up? ”I don’t think we’ll wear cowboy hats or boots,” says Bass. ”We’ll just look like ‘N Sync — but maybe a little bit dressier.”