For The Record: Quick News On Michelle Branch, Nas, TLC, Incubus, Avril Lavigne, R. Kelly & More

In addition to such previously confirmed performers as No Doubt, Shania Twain, the Dixie Chicks and Celine Dion, the NFL is set to announce even more girl power for the pre-game stage lineup at the Super Bowl. Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Branch will both be joining Branch's "Game of Love" compatriot Carlos Santana and his band. Super Bowl XXXVII will take place January 26 in San Diego, and will air live on ABC at 3 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. ET. ...

It's time for the fellas to get their say. Nas continues to be one of the most sought-after MCs for remixes, as he appears on the new version of TLC's "Girl Talk," which is produced by the Trackmasters. ... Mariah Carey will kick off the motor sports festivities at the Daytona 500 by singing the national anthem, the Daytona International Speedway announced Thursday. The Daytona 500 will take place February 16 and will be broadcast live on Fox. ...

Maurice Gibb, bassist and keyboardist for disco legends the Bee Gees, is recovering in critical but stable condition after having surgery for a blocked intestine on Thursday. The 53-year-old Gibb was admitted to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, on Wednesday. ...

The members of Incubus are putting their time between albums to good use. Drummer Jose Pasillas and guitarist Mike Einziger, who is up for a Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Grammy for his work on the band's latest LP, Morning View, are among the musicians working with an 11-piece orchestra for an evening of psychedelic funk billed "The Time-Lapse Consortium." The ensemble will perform at the Roxy in Los Angeles on January 24. Meanwhile, the group's DJ Kilmore is sharpening his remixing skills, and singer Brandon Boyd has been surfing. ... Toni Braxton has selected a second single from her More Than a Woman LP, and this one most likely won't be mired in controversy like "Me and My Boyfriend," the singer's original choice for her next single until Jay-Z released his " '03 Bonnie & Clyde" track, which used the same Tupac sample. The diva has chosen to go with "Lies, Lies, Lies" instead. ...

Infectiousness in pop music is usually a good thing, but Avril Lavigne could do without this form of contagiousness. The 18-year-old rocker's name is used to identify a new computer virus, which attaches itself to e-mail that may have her name in the subject line and attempts to disable anti-virus and security software. Stranger still, if it's the 7th, 11th or 24th of the month, a browser directed at Lavigne's official Web site, www.avril-lavigne.com, will open. The virus, which follows fellow celebrity-named bugs Anna Kournikova, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, only affects PCs using the Windows operating systems. ...

"Can Fly! The R. Kelly Story," the 1998 children's book about the singer's rise to stardom, is being re-released on March 1. The author, Kim Dulaney, said the decision was made due to public demand. ... Jurassic 5's Chali 2na is two songs into recording a solo album. The rapper told the Los Angeles Times the LP would explore a variety of sounds outside of hip-hop. ... R&B and hip-hop fans: Are you going for a fashion statement that's equal parts Ziggy Stardust and P.M. Dawn? You're in luck. Producer 7 Aurelius, who has worked with Ashanti, Janet Jackson and Foxy Brown, is debuting his own clothing line. Creatively titled "Aurelius," the line will debut next week in Milan and will feature a signature "7" stitched on all the outfits. ...

The Walkmen will be doing a two-week tour of the West Coast starting January 23 in Vancouver and wrapping up February 7 in Seattle. After that, the band will hit the studio to record its second album. ... Rich Robinson of Black Crowes fame will set out with his new band Hookah Brown for an eight-date tour of the Northeast, beginning January 21 in Baltimore. The shows will feature some Black Crowes songs alongside Hookah originals, as the band looks for a record deal. ...

01.09.03

Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott are the latest performers added to the 30th annual American Music Awards, airing live on ABC on Monday. Britney Spears, Outkast, Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, Vanessa Carlton, Busta Rhymes and Trista Rehn of "The Bachelorette" are the latest presenters. Organizers also announced on Thursday that Bobby Brown will join Ja Rule for his hit, "Thug Lovin'." ...

When singer/songwriter Allison Moorer took to the stage of 12th & Porter in

Nashville on Saturday night to record her upcoming live album (due in April), Kid

Rock hopped up onstage to duet on "Bully Jones." Rock was returning a favor, as Moorer is the female voice on the radio version of his current single, "Picture" (the album version features Sheryl Crow). Moorer was also joined for three songs by her sister, Grammy-winning singer Shelby Lynne. ...

Nikki Sixx has announced that "XXX" screenwriter Rich Wilkes has been hired to adapt Mötley Crüe autobiography "The Dirt" for Paramount and MTV Films. Sixx, currently recording six new songs with his Brides of Destruction project, also wrote in his diary on the Crüe's official Web site that the band will not tour again until 2004, at the earliest. ... Fresh off their Grammy nomination for the single "Days Go By," Dirty Vegas will release the mix album to A Night At the Tables on January 28. The collection features two previously unreleased Dirty Vegas tracks, along with remixes of Kylie Minogue's "Love at First Sight," Underworld's "Two Months Off" and other dance tracks. ...

There's certainly no shortage of Mike Patton material in the record shops. In addition to such current projects as Tomahawk, Fantômas and his recent EP collaboration with Dillinger Escape Plan, fans of the eccentric singer can look forward to the January 28 release of This Is It: The Best of Faith No More, featuring extensive liner notes from all of the defunct Bay Area, California, band's members and 19 tracks spanning 1985-1997, including "We Care a Lot" (with original vocalist Chuck Mosely), "Epic," "The Perfect Crime" and their cover of the Commodores' "Easy." ...

On the heels of their surprise MTV Europe Music Awards win for Best Video for "Remind Me," Nordic chill-out duo Röyksopp will hit North American shores for the first time in support of their debut disc, Melody A.M. Beginning March 5 in Los Angeles, the nine-date mini-tour will wrap up on March 20 in Orlando, Florida. ... Look for the bar on "Boston Public" to become what the Bar on "Ally McBeal," the PeachPit After Dark on "Beverly Hills, 90210" and the Bronze on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" were — band central. Some of the first musical acts set to appear on the Fox drama include Duncan Sheik (January 27) and Counting Crows (February 3) ...