Has Bruce Springsteen been working on a new album in Atlanta? While his representatives are keeping tight-lipped, E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren confirmed reports that have been circulating on the Internet when interviewed last week by ESPN Radio's Tony Kornheiser. "Last week, in Atlanta, we got together -- I mean, it was supposed to be a big secret, but it's all over every Web site there was," Lofgren said.
The musical lineup for the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star game continues to grow. Elton John is now confirmed to perform "Philadelphia Freedom" prior to tip-off on Sunday (Feb. 10) at Philadelphia's First Union Center, and will also play the songs "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" and "I'm Still Standing" at halftime.
At 22 years of age, singer/pianist Norah Jones holds the distinction of being the youngest artist on the Blue Note Records roster -- and of being one of the artists on the half-century-old jazz imprint most likely to cross over.
Nashville country-soul collective Lambchop has announced the details for its U.S. tour in support of "Is a Woman," the group's sixth Merge album and the follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed "Nixon." The tour, which kicks off Feb. 28 in Atlanta and runs through late March, will be followed in May by a spate of gigs in the U.K. and Ireland. "Is a Woman" is due Feb. 19.
St. Louis, Mo., native Nelly and his group, the St. Lunatics, were honored yesterday (Feb. 5) by officials in the state's Jefferson City capitol for their promise to play basketball with high schools that showed increased participation in standardized state tests.
Creed's latest Wind-Up album, "Weathered," has been certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. sales of 5 million copies. The set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after its release last November, and logged eight weeks on top of the chart. "Weathered" continues to show its staying power, and currently holds at No. 2 on the chart for a second week after being knocked back by Alan Jackson's Arista Nashville set "Drive."
The hard rock-packed Roadrunner soundtrack to the forthcoming film "Resident Evil" will sport a new version of Slipknot's "My Plague," as well new tracks from Coal Chamber ("Something") and Static X ("Anything But This"). At deadline, the full track listing for the album was not yet finalized, but it will also feature tracks from Marilyn Manson, Mudvayne, and Rammstein, according to a label spokesperson.
Britney Spears is fun, fearless -- and to the point. After hearing praise from Cosmopolitan Editor in Chief Kate White, publisher Susan Plagemann, and her own mother at the magazine's Fun Fearless Female Award luncheon on Monday in New York, Spears spent only a minute at the podium thanking organizers.
Bonnie Raitt has confirmed a dozen spring tour dates in conjunction with her upcoming Capitol album, "Silver Lining," due April 9. Dates are set to begin March 30 in Madison, Wisc., and wrap May 30 in Houston. Jon Cleary, the newest member of Raitt's backing band, will also serve as the opening act. In the midst of the shows, Raitt will hit "The Late Show With David Letterman" on April 24 and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" on April 30.
R&B/soul legend James Brown took the witness stand in his sexual harassment trial yesterday (Feb. 5) in Los Angeles, declaring, "I wouldn't do that," when asked if he had improperly touched a former employee. Lisa Ross Agbalaya says Brown grabbed her, made unwanted sexual advances and fired her after she complained.