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February 21, 2002

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Can't finish what he started

Baton Rouge, La. Â Master P has been forced to sell an unfinished recording studio to settle unpaid construction bills and other debts.

The rap mogul, whose real name is Percy Miller, announced plans for the $10 million Baton Rouge studio in 1997. Contracting disputes slowed construction and the studio is now a shell, with unfinished walls and a chain-link fence warning of guard dogs.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is scheduled to auction the property today.

Boy-band forecast cloudy

New York  98 Degrees is cooling off for a while.

The four-member boy band is taking "an extended break," according to its official Web site.

"They have no immediate plans to record or tour," the site says in a message to fans, adding that "their future is unclear" and they're accepting no new fan club members.

Two of their albums, "98 Degrees and Rising" in 1999 "Revelation" in 2000, went multiplatinum.

Singer Nick Lachey, 28, and pop star Jessica Simpson, 21, recently got engaged.

Dreaming of 'Diaper Service'

Mexico City  Colombian singer Shakira says she's dying to have a baby and would like to marry her boyfriend, the son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua.

During a visit to Mexico to promote her first English language album, "Laundry Service," Shakira said she and her boyfriend, Antonio de la Rua, would like to fulfill their dream of getting married, but haven't picked a date.

The 24-year-old singer told reporters she'd love to have a baby: "The truth is I'm dying (to have a baby) but right now my baby is called 'Laundry Service."'

Grammy grab bags revealed

The megawatt stars taking the stage at this month's Grammy Awards are each getting a grab bag with $16,000 worth of freebie loot.

The party favors, for performers like Janet Jackson, 'N Sync and Britney Spears, include $1,900 diamond earrings, $4,500 Sports Club/LA memberships, pagers, iPod music players and a two-night stay at the Ian Schrager hotel of their choice, reports The New York Post.

There is one "practical" item included  a personalized bust of each performer, in bronze or aluminum. Each bag also contains personal hygiene items, like deodorant and mints.

The show airs at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 on CBS.

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