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Guess He’s Learned That Synched Lips Lose Ships

Compiled By Staff Writer Rick Bo

Former Milli Vanilli member Fabrice Morvan’s lips are no longer sealed about the disgraced musical duo.

Morvan and partner Rob Pilatus won a Grammy in 1989, but were stripped of the award after it was revealed that neither one actually sang on their records.

“It’s still difficult to talk about,” Morvan said in the Sunday New York Post. “It’s a part of my life that I try to push away.”

On VH1’s “Behind the Music” program Sunday, Morvan insisted he and Pilatus were deceived into fronting the phony group but admitted he regrets his part in the fraud.

“I’ve always wanted to do something on the whole thing,” he said. “The truth about what happened should come from me … Of course I feel bad. My goal now is to come back and prove myself.”

Loose talk

Sheryl Crow, on touring in Japan (in US magazine): “There are too many people, too many cars, way too much information. But I’m really enjoying it this time around even when I asked for a massage and a 70-year-old woman came to my hotel room and beat the (crap) out of me.”

The one who was working for Jay, then walked

Branford Marsalis turns 37 today.

And he probably can’t wait to kick off the tour

Action star Steven Seagal, who also happens to play guitar and sing country tunes, starts his first North American concert tour Wednesday. Seagal’s new thriller, “Fire Down Below,” features guest appearances from such country performers as Kris Kristofferson, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart and Mark Collie.

Sounds like he’s pretty rapped up in himself

Will Smith, the former rapper who turned to a film career with such movies as “Independence Day” and “Men in Black,” is working on his first album in four years - but don’t call it a “comeback,” he insists. “It’s something I’ve done my whole life,” the former “Fresh Prince” tells The Source magazine. “I make records ‘cause I love doing it. I like hearing myself on the radio. I like how that feels.”

They dusted the gun, but found no fresh prints

Meanwhile, Smith is being sued for libel by his first record promoter, Dana Goodman of Philadelphia. Smith told US magazine that Goodman got him and his former partner, DJ Jazzy Jeff, to sign a contract in the mid-1980s by putting a gun on a car dashboard, and later fired shots at them “every time he saw us” after selling their contract to a record company - allegations Goodman says are false and have ruined his chances of reviving his career.

What makes his so special? The material, girl

The Ripley’s museum in Los Angeles is still missing a pair of Elvis Presley’s custom-made black briefs that disappeared on Aug. 17, the 20th anniversary of his death. The undies were “specially designed with extrastrength elasticity to endure the stage antics and pelvic gyrations which made Elvis a legend in rock ‘n’ roll,” a spokesman said, adding that “displays featuring a pair of Madonna’s panties were untouched.”

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