It's a safe bet that Robert Bradley is flashing a wild grin and a sparkle in each of his cloudy, opaque eyes. On a break from a day-long trek across the Midwest to a mid-December 2001 gig in Chicago, the blind, raspy-voiced soul singer is reminiscing about Christmastime at Detroit's Eastern Market -- where he spent some 14 years busking.
Faced with rumors of a "sex tape" featuring Christina Aguilera circulating the Internet in recent weeks, the pop starlet's management has posted a message denying the validity of such claims on her official Web site. "The video clips advertised on the Web sites are of a woman with blonde hair shown only from the back -- the person in the video is not Christina," the statement insists.
Singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb has completed a new album, "Cake and Pie," which is due for a Feb. 26 release via A&M/Interscope. It's Loeb's first album since 1998's "Firecracker," which peaked at No. 88 on The Billboard 200 and featured the single "I Do," which reached No. 18 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.
Reunited modern rock act Concrete Blonde will kick off a North American tour Jan. 18 in San Diego, just three days after the release of "Group Therapy," the band's first album in more than eight years. Currently confirmed dates have the band's original lineup -- singer/bassist Johnette Napolitano, guitarist Jim Mankey, and drummer Harry Rushakoff -- on the road through a Feb. 21 show in Boston.
Tracks from Rancid, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Dropick Murphys, Agnostic Front, and others will be featured on the third volume of Hellcat's budged-priced punk and ska compilation series, "Give 'Em the Boot." The label, an Epitaph imprint run by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, says the previous two albums have collectively sold more than 250,000 units worldwide.
British rock act Gomez will release its third album, "In Our Gun," on March 18 via Hut/Virgin internationally. No North American release date is yet solidified for the album, which is the follow-up to 1999's "Liquid Skin." That set debuted at No. 30 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 72,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
In addition to accepting the Artist of the Century award at the 29th American Music Awards on Wednesday (Jan. 9), Michael Jackson will also perform his 1988 No. 1 hit "Man in the Mirror" on the show, to be broadcast on ABC. Michael's sister Janet will appear on the show via satellite from Tokyo, where she is promoting her latest Virgin album, "All for You."
Britney Spears has been tapped to perform her single "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" during a Feb. 9 National Basketball Association (NBA) television special. Set to air at 11 a.m. ET, "NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration" will originate in Philadelphia and will be broadcast by NBC, TNT, BET, Nickelodeon, and NBA.com TV in the U.S., and MuchMusic in Canada.
Destiny's Child are confirmed to perform at the 17th annual Gospel Music Stellar Awards, to be taped Saturday (Jan. 12) at the Atlanta Civic Center and air in syndication through Feb. 10. The group will sing "Gospel Medley," from its latest Columbia album "Survivor," while group member Michelle Williams will sing a new song, "Steal Away," with CeCe Winans. That track is slated to appear on Williams' Columbia solo debut.