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MUSIC NOTES: Martin and UTA

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

Ricky Martin may soon be moving from the concert stage to the sound stage.

The bon-bon shaker has inked a deal with United Talent Agency to develop the singer’s TV and film career, Reuters reports.

But Martin is no stranger to the camera. He appeared in "General Hospital" back in 1994 and also made his live theater debut in 1996, starring as Marius in "Les Miserables."

'N SYNC AND BACKSTREET BOYS TOGETHER! Tired of 'N Sync yet?

Too bad, for the boy band, along with rockers Aerosmith, will headline the halftime show of the Super Bowl on Jan. 28 in Tampa, Fla., The Associated Press reports.

They join Ray Charles, who will perform "America the Beautiful," and the Backstreet Boys, who will perform the National Anthem, before the big game begins.

Produced by MTV, the show will be broadcast on CBS with 130 million U.S. viewers and 750 million expected to tune in.

GELDOF RECEIVES CUSTODY: Rocker Bob Geldof was awarded custody of the 4-year-old daughter his ex-wife, Paula Yates, had with her lover, late INXS singer Michael Hutchence, AP Press reports.

The British High Court gave Geldof custody of Tiger Lily for a year so that she could live with her three half-sisters from Yates’ earlier marriage with Geldof. He’s had custody of the orphaned child since Yates was found dead in her London home. Hutchence committed suicide three years ago in Australia. BRIT AND LL: Britney Spears and LL Cool J on the same stage? AP is reporting that the rapper will join the pop queen as host of the 28th Annual American Music Awards on Jan. 8 on ABC.

Producer Dick Clark made the announcement Monday. Country singer Faith Hill leads the pack with four nominations, while Marc Anthony and Creed each have three nods.

Aerosmith is the recipient of the AMA's Award of Achievement.

A GOOD BOSS: Where else would the Boss give a benefit concert? Bruce Springsteen was back in his old stomping grounds of New Jersey to raise money for eight charities.

The sold-out concerts were held on Sunday and Monday, with members of the E-Street Band and the Max Weinberg 7 -- the house band for "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" -- joining Springsteen on stage, according to AP.

Proceeds from the concerts went to charities that help addicts, homeless and abused women, HIV-infected victims, needy children and people in need of health care and food.

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