Billboard Bits: Black Keys, Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Jagged Edge and more
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The Black Keys are a duo no longer, at least when it comes to the band's fiery live performances. The band debuted its new lineup as a four piece during live taping for AOL this afternoon (May 18). The group is on the road in anticipation of it's sixth album, "Brothers," including an opening slot on Thursday for Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden.
The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmitt underwent an unexpected surgery Friday, an the band has cancelled four of its planned arena dates. The group plans to resume performing on Thursday (May 20) in Denver.
Christina Aguilera took to her website to deny dissing Lady Gaga, after an interview in Out was released. "I think she is great, and I appreciate any woman fearless enough to go against the norm. She has earned her success with hard work and a clear focus and I have nothing but respect for that. There is room for all of us on everyone's iPods," she wrote.
Bobby V reunites with production duo Tim & Bob plus Jazze Pha for his upcoming fourth album, "Fly on the Wall" (Blu Kolla Dreams/Capitol). Already out is the track "Phone Number" featuring Plies.
R&B group Jagged Edge returns Sept. 28 with Capitol album "Lay You Down." Look for the first single to premiere shortly.
After 40 years, iconic songwriter/producer Jimmy Webb ("MacArthur Park") and R&B legend Thelma Houston will perform together for the first time in 40 years at L.A.'s Grammy Museum (May 21). Webb and Houston (who worked together on her first album, "Sunshower") will perform songs from that project plus "Park" and other Webb hits.