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Sunday, 24 February, 2002, 19:06 GMT
Westlife enjoy 10th number one
Westlife have scored their 10th number one single, beating Brits princess Kylie Minogue to the top of the charts.

Her single In Your Eyes was no match for Westlife's World Of Our Own and entered the chart at number three.

The Irish band now join the likes of Madonna, who has also clocked up 10 number ones, although hers were over an 18-year period.

They have a long way to go to beat The Beatles' run of 17 number one hits, however.

Award makes Denzel's day

Denzel Washington has won the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) award for best actor for his role in Training Day.

It is his fifth award from the NAACP in seven years.

Actress Halle Berry won the best actress NAACP award for her performance in Monster's Ball.

Both actors have also been nominated for Oscars for their roles.

Bob Dylan to perform at Grammys

Bob Dylan, OutKast and Joshua Bell have signed up to perform at the 44th annual Grammy awards on 27 February.

They will join a host of other confirmed acts for the event - the most important in the American music business calendar - at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The other acts include Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, the Dave Matthews Band and U2.

In the running to pick up the most titles at the Grammys - which gives out gongs in 100 categories - are U2 with eight nods and soul singer India Arie, who has seven.

Rod Stewart finds new label

Rod Stewart has signed up with a new record company, after his split from Warner Music at the end of last year.

He signed up this week with J Records in a worldwide deal for several new albums, with the first out in October.

J Records is headed by former Arista Records boss Clive Davis, with whom Stewart was keen to work.

The singer told Billboard on Friday: "It's a dream come true working with Clive. I'm over the moon about the whole thing."

Costume designer De Nobili dies

Lila de Nobili - celebrated for her stage designs and costumes - has died in Paris, aged 85.

De Nobili died on Wednesday, said Ms De Nobili's family, without giving the cause of death.

De Nobili built a respected reputation for her self-taught craft, which graced theatre, opera and dance productions in the 1950s and 1960s throughout Europe.

She dressed the likes of Edith Piaf, Maria Callas and Ingrid Bergmann and worked on many high profile productions such as a 1959 staging of Carmen in Paris.

Author Lindgren remembered in stamps

Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author of Pippi Longstocking, who died on 28 January aged 94, will be honoured in set of Swedish postage stamps.

The book of seven stamps will feature likenesses of the author as well as characters from her children's stories including Pippi, Karlsson on the Roof and Emil.

The first of the stamps will be issued on 5 March, said a statement issued by the Swedish postal service.

The head of the postal services stamp division, Ingegerd Mattsson, added: "Astrid Lindgren's literary heritage to the children of the world is of great importance and helps us create a better world."

Connery 'signs 20m film deal'

Former Bond star Sir Sean Connery has won back his licence to serve Queen and country with his latest film deal, according to reports.

Sir Sean will star in action movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, set during the reign of Queen Victoria, said the Hollywood Reporter.

Sir Sean closed a deal with 20th Century Fox to take the lead role in the 60m film directed by Steve Norrington.

Sir Sean will play Allan Quatermain, the captain of a group of superpowered individuals, in the movie adapted from a comic book series by Alan Moore.

Cleese gets top comedy award

Fawlty Towers actor John Cleese has been honoured with a top comedy award.

He will receive the Sir Peter Ustinov/Comedy Network Award at the Banff Television Awards on 10 June.

The Monty Python star said: "I feel very, very humble that I have been chosen to receive this wonderful award.

"Of course, I'm not going to pretend that I don't deserve it. Obviously I do."

McGregor appeals for polar bears

Actor Ewan McGregor has written to the US government pleading for the release of seven Arctic polar bears which he claims are being ill-treated at a Puerto Rico circus.

The Moulin Rouge star became interested in polar bears last year when he was asked to host a BBC documentary on them in Canada.

Writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, he wants the bears confiscated and placed in a US zoo.

The charity are offering to pay for their relocation.

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