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SOUND BITES If this music thing ever falls through for ‘N Sync, at least Chris Kirkpatrick has something to fall back on: his career as a designer of women’s sportswear. Kirkpatrick has been selling his FuMan Skeeto label of Asian-influenced streetwear in department stores for a couple years, but he’ll make his New York Fashion Week debut on Feb. 11 with a show of his upcoming line. Like Kirkpatrick, the label’s logo has interesting facial hair; it’s a mosquito with a Fu Manchu mustache. A live musical act yet to be named (presumably not ‘N Sync) will accompany the fashion show….

It’s a beautiful day for U2 fans who are also Target shoppers. The department store chain is the only place you can buy ”U2 7,” a seven-dollar album released today that contains seven rare remixed tracks, including ”Walk On,” and an acoustic ”Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.”…

Here’s a bill you never thought you’d see: Sting, The Dixie Chicks, LeAnn Rimes, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They’re some of the musicians who’ll be performing at the Feb. 8 opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Olympic organizers usually like to keep the opening ceremony’s lineup a surprise, but NBC, which is airing the games, let the cat out of the bag in a promo during the network’s broadcast of the Golden Globes on Sunday, at which Sting won a trophy for his song ”Until,” from ”Kate & Leopold.” Also on the Olympic bill: Robbie Robertson and Rita Coolidge….

She woke up this morning… and found out she’d earned five nominations. Blues keyboard queen Marcia Ball tops the list of nominees for the 23rd annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards, with nods that include blues entertainer of the year, blues album, and instrumentalist. In the entertainer category, she’ll be up against B.B> King, Bobby Rush, Rod Piazza, Shemekia Copeland, and Ike Turner (yes, THAT Ike Turner). Vying for top album honors with Ball’s ”Presumed Innocent” will be John Hammond‘s ”Wicked Grin,” Kid Ramos‘ ”Greasy Kid Stuff,” Kim Wilson‘s ”Smokin’ Joint,” and Otis Taylor‘s ”White African.” The awards, given by the Blues Foundation, are decided by a panel of industry insiders and a poll of 30,000 fans. They’ll be handed out May 23 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

TUBE TALK And now it’s springtime for Hitler. First, there was his depiction in the musical-within-a-musical in Broadway’s ”The Producers,” then the portrait of the fuehrer as a frustrated young artist in the upcoming movie ”Max” (”Shine”’s Noah Taylor plays the youthful Adolf, with John Cusack as his mentor in the Viennese art scene). Now, CBS will explore Hitler’s early life and rise to power in a four-hour miniseries to air during the 2002-03 season. Based on works by historian Ian Kershaw, the miniseries aims to present a new take on the Nazi leader. ”We want to do a work that is very dangerous and indeed daring. It’s an extraordinarily brave take that CBS has allowed us to do,” producer Ed Gernon tells Variety. That is, he’ll be something of a kinder, gentler Hitler. Not that the filmmakers plan to go ”out of our way to create a sympathetic character,” Gernon says, only that ”We’re going to put the story up on its feet and let the audience judge him.” Because even in depicting Hitler, it would be so uncool to appear closed-minded and judgmental….

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