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Thursday, 30 March, 2000, 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK
Glammed-up Noddy gets MBE
Noddy Holder with son Django
Palace date: Noddy Holder with five-year-old son Django
Glam rock legend Noddy Holder was all smiles after collecting his MBE from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

The 53-year-old Slade frontman, honoured for his services to music, said: "It was a smashing occasion. It was as good as I thought it would be."

He resisted the temptation to shout "It's Christmas!", but added: "Prince Charles must know the Christmas song - everyone knows that one."

Dire Straits singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler, 50, wore a morning suit to pick up his OBE and admitted: "The Prince said it was nice to see me looking so smart!"


'N Sync break US record

Boy band 'N Sync have overshadowed the Backstreet Boys after breaking two US music sales records.

Their new album, No Strings Attached, sold a million copies on its first day and 2.42m in the first week.

Record company Jive Records says that makes No Strings Attached the biggest album release of all time.

Backstreet Boys previously held the record, shifting 1.13m copies of their 1999 release Millennium in the first week


Musical movie for Bjork's acting debut

Singers Bjork and Thom Yorke are both contributing to the soundtrack for a new musical film, Dancer In The Dark, in which Bjork makes her acting debut.

The Icelandic star will play an east European girl who goes to the US and expects life to be like Hollywood films.

The film, by controversial Danish director Lars von Trier, is expected to premiere at Cannes Film Festival in May.

The soundtrack is expected to be ready for release in September.


Pacino flies in for new movie premiere

Scores of fans cheered Hollywood legend Al Pacino at the London premiere of his new film Any Given Sunday.

The actor, 59, whose films include the Godfather trilogy and Oscar-nominated The Insider, was accompanied by the movie's director Oliver Stone.

He told reporters it was "wonderful" to be back in Britain - "a real treat".

In the film, which opens nationwide on Friday, he plays an ageing football coach trying to revive a flagging team.


Rock memorabilia goes on display in US

A selection of the late Kurt Cobain's handwritten lyrics are to go on display at a museum in Seattle.

In celebration of the US city's grunge scene, the museum has collected rare memorabilia from top bands like Nirvana Mudhoney, Sound Garden and Pearl Jam.

The exhibition, which opens in June, will also include interactive features and specially recorded interviews, plus a a Jimi Hendrix collection, displaying his guitars.


Fatboy Slim wins presidential approval

Chart-topping DJ Fatboy Slim - who is backing Ken Livingstone in the London mayoral race - has got mixed up in American politics too.

Praise You, a huge hit for Slim last year, is being used by US presidential candidate Al Gore at his rallies.

The musician - also known as Norman Cook - told MTV it was "kind of funny". "Thank God it wasn't the Republicans," he added. "I would have had to sue."


Tree featured in U2 song faces the axe

Authorities in Auckland, New Zealand have been advised to cut down a tree featured in a 1987 U2 album track.

The historic Monterey pine on top of the city's One Tree Hill has been dying since two chainsaw attacks in 1994.

One Tree Hill was the name of a song recorded by U2 in memory of their Maori roadie Greg Carroll who was killed in an accident.

The tree has been attacked by Maoris who see it as a sign of colonialism.


Oscar winner Davis set to return to TV

Hollywood actress Geena Davis is set to return to US TV in a sitcom for the ABC network, after a break of 15 years.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winner Davis will star as a thirtysomething career woman in the new sitcom Lost and Found.

She is said to have demanded a 22-episode commitment from the network and will reportedly earn more than 125,000 per episode.

In Lost and Found, Davis' character enters into a relationship with a widower who has two young children.

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