BACK AT XCEL: Country superstar Brad Paisley is returning Jan. 14 to the Xcel Energy Center, with the Band Perry and Scotty McCreery as opening acts. No ticket information has been announced yet.

BONJOUR BABY: French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a 43-year-old singer and former model, gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday night -- the first infant born to a sitting president of modern-day France, media reports said. President Nicolas Sarkozy, 56, was returning from a meeting in Frankfurt when the child was born.