Several pop music artists have been cited by fashion crank Mr. Blackwell, who included Britney Spears, Fiona Apple, the Dixie Chicks and Celine Dion on his annual Worst-Dressed List. Blackwell, a former designer who has been compiling his worst-dressed lists for 40 years, denounced Apple as "a kinked and curled Kewpie Doll wrapped in a collection of yesterday's fatal fashion frights" . . .

Being the wife of Ozzy Osbourne is apparently easier than managing the Smashing Pumpkins, as Sharon Osbourne has just found out. The English native announced in a statement late Tuesday that she has resigned as manager of the Chicago-based rock group after only three months in the job, because of problems with band leader Billy Corgan . . .

British glam rocker Gary Glitter has been freed from Bristol Prison after serving half of a four-month sentence for downloading more than 4,000 pornographic pictures of children from the Internet. Upon his release, Glitter's name was added to a sex offenders' register. It will remain on the register for seven years, and he will have to notify police of any change of address . . .

Barbra Streisand's New Year's Eve sellout show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, her first live performance since 1996, grossed $14.7 million, setting a U.S. box office record for a single concert.