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September 28, 2004

Queen Latifah jazzes it up on new album

DENVER (AP) - Queen Latifah is getting a little jazzier.

Five albums and 15 years after her hard-hitting hip-hop debut, "All Hail the Queen," Queen Latifah was poised to release Tuesday the jazz-obsessed "The Dana Owens Album" in which she sings standards.

"This is definitely not a one-shot deal," the 34-year-old singer, whose real name is Dana Owens, told The Denver Post in Sunday's editions. "Hopefully, with the success of it, I'll be in it till I'm dead. I've always looked at singing as something I can do forever. I don't know if I can rap forever. I don't know that I can stay as hot as the hottest girl in the game."

It was her experience in the 1998 feature film "Living Out Loud," co-starring alongside Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito, that led to her new album. She played nightclub singer Liz Bailey and sang a couple of jazz standards.

Hammond is better Regis than Regis

NEW YORK (AP) - You'd think Regis Philbin is the "Best Regis" - but not according to the Relly Awards.

Instead, comedian Darrell Hammond's impersonation of Philbin was awarded Best Regis in the second annual Rellys, created by the "Live With Regis and Kelly" show, with co-host Kelly Ripa, to offset its lack of success in the Daytime Emmys.

The winners are decided by viewer votes, but the Rellys are otherwise a fun, mock-award show with statues of a Golden Stool - a trophy-size version of the seating that accommodates "Live" co-hosts and guests - that go to mostly self-affirming categories such as Funniest Guest.

Philbin had difficulty believing someone could be better at being, well, him. In fake anger, he trashed the set of the syndicated talk show when Hammond's name was announced Friday.

Guitarists celebrate Stratocaster birthday

LONDON (AP) - Famous guitarists such as Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, Brian May of Queen and the Eagles' Joe Walsh played at Wembley Arena in a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster.

When he took the stage at the outdoor concert Friday night, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd brought some of the packed crowd to its feet by playing the first-ever Fender-made 001 model of the guitar.

The concert, which raised money for the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity, also featured guitarists Hank Marvin of the Shadows and Genesis' Mike Rutherford.

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