Billboard Bits: Stereophonics, Massive Attack, Christina Aquilera

News on Stereophonics, Massive Attack, Christina Aguilera

StereophonicsBritish modern rock act Stereophonics will release its next album, "You Gotta Go There To Come Back," May 19 internationally via V2. The album, produced by lead singer Kelly Jones with help from Jim Lowe (Feeder, Black Crowes), will be preceded by first single "Madame Helga," due May 5 in the U.K.

According to a posting on the band's official Web site, lead singer Kelly Jones said the album has more of an electronic sound. "There's probably about three songs on there which are similar to the single like a Sly and the Family Stone glam rock kind of thing." Song titles include "Maybe Tomorrow," "Climbing the Wall," and "Help Me."

Although no North American release date has been announced, the band is expected to tour the region in September and October. A British arena tour will follow in November.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto

Massive AttackMassive Attack has postponed two shows in New Zealand this weekend until March 29 (Wellington) and March 30 (Auckland). The news comes in the wake of group member Robert Del Naja's recent arrest on child pornography and drug charges. According to a statement, "the tour is going ahead as planned from [March 11] starting in Melbourne. The rest of the band's tour in Japan and
Europe remains unchanged."

The group's latest Virgin album, "100th Window," is No. 1 for a second week on the European Top 100 Albums chart. Following the Far East shows, Massive Attack returns to Europe for an extensive tour, beginning April 8 in Glasgow.

Regarding Del Naja's arrest, the statement says, "Robert Del Naja continues to deny allegations made recently and is hoping for a swift and positive resolution."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

AguileraThe Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will honor pop star Christina Aguilera at its 14th annual GLAAD Media Awards, set for April 26 in Los Angeles. The artist is being recognized for including gay and transgender images in the Jonas Akerlund-directed video for her hit single, "Beautiful."

GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will also be held in New York (April 7) and San Francisco (May 31). Those events will honor newscaster Diane Sawyer, former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, and actors Stockard Channing ("The West Wing") and Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace"). For more information on the events, visit the official GLAAD Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.