For The Record: Quick News On Brandy, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, NIN And Dave Grohl, Hanson & More

Brandy scored a hit single talking about love, so she's doing it some more. The R&B singer, whose "Talk About Our Love" helped her Afrodisiac debut at #3 on the Billboard albums chart, is following up the single with the LP's title track. " 'Afrodisiac' is about a love, a desire, a need for somebody," Brandy said. ...

In the wake of her canceled summer tour, Christina Aguilera's one-off show that was to take place in Pittsburgh on Saturday has now been scrapped as well — because the promoter filed for emergency bankruptcy at the last minute. Though a total number of fans who bought tickets has not been disclosed, up to 20,000 of them paid between $75 and $150 for passes to Elements, an all-night dance party which would have been the singer's first public performance since strained vocal cords caused her to cancel her tour. Ticketholders now have to wait for bankruptcy court to review the promoter's assets and debts (which he has to provide within two weeks) before they can be considered claimants and get any refunds, even if they paid through Ticketmaster or PayPal. A lawyer representing the promoter said that they're going to make every effort to pay back fans, but there's no guarantee. ...

Alicia Keys is the first artist announced for an international pop music concert at the Great Wall of China to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Great Wall restoration project. The event, which will take place September 25, will mark the first time a concert is staged in front of the national landmark. The Wall of Hope - China 2004 concert will be the first of a series of benefits planned for Beijing, Shanghai and Guanzhou. Proceeds will go to the China Children and Teenagers' Fund. ... Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl played drums for Nine Inch Nails during a session at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, on Friday. The performance will likely make NIN's upcoming album, Bleed Through, for which no release date has been set. ...

Following his sentencing last week for a DUI, Scott Weiland issued a statement late Friday, stating that he has been clean and sober for more than eight months and has reunited with his wife and children. He claimed that the drugs in his system during the DUI, from October, were prescribed by his doctor. "Now that this is all behind me, I will be able to set the record straight," Weiland said. In an interview with Stuff magazine, the Velvet Revolver singer said that he had been on medication for manic depression, for which he'd sometimes medicate himself with heroin. "I was in a suicidal depression, a narcissistic, obsessive depression," he told the magazine. "And the only thing I could think about was my own self-centered, dark world. My thoughts today are not on myself." ... Seventeen-year-old English soul singer Joss Stone will release her new album, Mind, Body & Soul, on September 28. Stone's sophomore LP, the follow-up to her breakthrough debut, The Soul Sessions, will feature original songs this time around, and such guests as Betty Wright, the Roots' ?uestlove, producer Salaam Remi, Angie Stone and Portishead's Beth Gibbons. ...

One of TV's most famous wives and mothers, Isabel Sanford, died of natural causes on Friday in Los Angeles. Sanford, an Emmy winner best known for playing George Jefferson's spouse, Louise ("Weezy"), on the long-running sitcom "The Jeffersons," was 86. ... Hanson's "I Will Come to You" is going to be used in a multimedia Volkswagen campaign — but only in China. The band is planning to tour Asia in November, and the car company will co-sponsor the group's dates in China. Sony Music Asia will also release a special version of the band's Underneath album containing a live recording of the song as an exclusive bonus track. ...

The first full account of Belle and Sebastian's history is due on bookshelves next year. "Just a Modern Rock Story" will be the first biography on the enigmatic group, notorious for avoiding the press. In addition to giving author Paul Whitelaw in-depth interviews, lead singer Stuart Murdoch is also donating pictures for the book and art for the cover. The tome is due out in the spring/summer of 2005, to coincide with the release of the band's next album. ... The White Stripes are also ending up on bookshelves, thanks to the handiwork of Detroit rock journalist Chris Handyside. His book, "Fell in Love With a Band: The Story of the White Stripes," includes their entire history, from inception to current day. The book is due in October. ...

Apple's iTunes has found a winner for its contest where the person who purchased the 100,000,000th song from the iTunes music store would win an Apple gift pack. Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas, will win a 17-inch PowerBook laptop, a 40GB iPod and a gift certificate for 10,000 iTunes songs. The track he downloaded to win? Danger Mouse's remix of "Somersault" by the group Zero 7. ... Wilco planned to play select shows at Lollapalooza before it was canceled, and now they've announced six replacement U.S. shows. Dates start in Milwaukee August 2 and wrap up in Newport, Rhode Island, on August 8. ...

Ben Folds has produced and co-written a new album for "Star Trek" actor William Shatner. Titled Has Been and due October 5, the record includes tunes co-written by novelist Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity") and country singer Brad Paisley, and a cover of Pulp's "Common People." Shatner last worked with Folds on the latter's Fear of Pop, Vol. 1 in 1998. ... On Saturday night at Strata in New York, clubgoers were treated to a surprise performance of "Slow Motion" by Juvenile and Wyclef Jean. Clef also performed renditions of "Gone Till November" and "Guantanamera" while Robert Iler of "The Sopranos" looked on. ...

07.09.04

The tables were turned on prosecutor Tom Sneddon in the Michael Jackson case on Friday (July 9), when he was ordered to testify at an upcoming hearing about how much he knew about the singer's private investigator before searching his office and taking evidence. Sneddon offered to testify immediately, but Jackson's attorneys asked for a delay to study materials handed over to them. The defense is arguing that law-enforcement officers went beyond the scope of their warrant and took evidence that was privileged. Though Sneddon has a planned vacation during the time of the next hearing, scheduled for July 27, the judge suggested that the defense accommodate the prosecutor by allowing him to videotape his deposition or appear at a later hearing. The defense also requested a delay with the issues that were to be argued on Friday, which was granted, despite Sneddon's objections that he had brought witnesses from Los Angeles and wanted to proceed. In addition to the July 27 hearing, a hearing is scheduled for August 16 as well (where suppression of evidence is to be argued). The judge also ruled that Jackson violated a court gag order when he commented on a leak of information about the 1993 case, but he was willing to overlook it — this time. ...

P.O.D. are writing for G-O-D ... and Mel Gibson. The spiritual rockers will contribute a track to the album of tunes inspired by the film "The Passion of the Christ," due August 31. Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp's solo offering, "Relearn Love," will serve as the album's first single. ... Having wrapped up their North American tour in support of Room on Fire, the Strokes are taking the first steps toward its follow-up by starting pre-production with longtime producer Gordon Raphael. The band's third album is expected to drop in mid-2005. ...

Wyclef Jean has gone from The Preacher's Son to "Fortunate Son." The rapper will lend his cover of the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival cut to the soundtrack of "The Manchurian Candidate," which will also feature tracks by Fountains of Wayne, the Walkmen, A Tribe Called Quest, Dead Kennedys and others. Wyclef's tune will open the film. ... The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network has announced the date for a Boston Hip-Hop Summit — July 26, the first day of the Democratic National Convention, also being held in Boston. The summit will take place at Roxbury Community College and will bring together community leaders and rap celebrities in a drive to register new voters. ...

At their Sunday show in Augusta, Maine, with Slipknot and Hatebreed, Slayer will perform their classic 1986 album, Reign in Blood, in its entirety for a new DVD. The 75-minute "Reign in Blood: Still Reigning" will be released on September 28. ... A reissue of the Clash's historic 1979 album, London Calling, will be released on September 21 along with a disc of demos from the sessions and a DVD of previously unreleased live footage. ... "Last Summer," a 2-CD single from the Lostprophets, will include B-side cover versions of the Strokes' "Reptilia" and Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight." The 7-inch vinyl version includes a cover of the Cure's "Boys Don't Cry." Both formats will be available as imports on August 23. ...

Let's hope AZ isn't going the route of fellow Brooklynite Jay-Z and thinking about calling it quits from the rap game. The former member of the Firm has announced the title of his next LP, The Final Call. Due on September 21, AZ's album features guest appearances from Aaliyah, C.L. Smooth and Ron G. Singer Tony Sunshine is featured on the album's first single, "Talkin' Gangsta." ... Proof that any time is Miller time, the beer company is holding a contest that will allow winners to attend a special concert, called Rock Through Time, on September 17-18 at New York's Roseland. Performers include the Strokes, Velvet Revolver, the Darkness, Lenny Kravitz, James Brown, Bo Diddley, Cheap Trick, Slash, Ben Folds, Wyclef Jean and the Doors of the 21st Century. ...