The Backstreet Boys are fresh off the heels of releasing This Is Us, but the group was temporarily sidelined due to a swine flu diagnosis for longtime member—and Christian pop star—Brian Littrell. The Backstreeters canceled appearances on CBS' Early Show, along with the NYC Pinktober benefit at the Big Apple's Hard Rock Café.

"We were really looking forward to spending time with our closest fans and friends in NYC and take part of Pinktober, an unbelievable and important program," Littrell said in a statement regarding the breast cancer research benefit. "I hope we can come back soon and do everything we can to help."

The group's other three members—Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, and A.J. McLean—were symptom-free, but the band and crew were prescribed Tamiflu as a preventive measure. Despite the cancellations, Littrell appeared on Larry King Live with his doctor over the weekend and the group's fall concert tour will kick off as planned October 30.

U2's next: Songs of Ascent

U2 has dropped a few hints about its next album, Songs of Ascent, coming sometime in 2010. In an interview with USA Today, Bono called the project "a very intimate affair. They are beautiful love songs, where the object of love is not always obvious." Considering a) Bono's love of the Psalms, and b) the fact that there are 15 "Psalms of Ascent," we can guess the "object of love." Meanwhile, in a recent issue of Rolling Stone, the band also discusses the new album, and mentions the song "Every Breaking Wave," which was left off their recent No Line on the Horizon album but may appear on Songs of Ascent. Other songs that may (or may not) appear on the album are listed here.

Blind Boys duets on tap

Veteran gospel group Blind Boys of ...

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