For The Record: Quick News On Lil' Romeo, Marilyn Manson, Billy Bob Thornton, Britney Spears, Andrew W.K. & More

Lil' Romeo and Silkk the Shocker have been added to the roster of celebrities, athletes and industry execs who will compete at the third annual T.J. Martell B-Ball Classic, taking place in New York City on April 25. Master P was previously announced as the event's Commissioner of Basketball, and Hot 97 DJ Miss Jones will sing the national anthem. ... Kelly Osbourne and ex-Smashing Pumpkins-heads Melissa Auf Der Maur and James Iha were among those taking in the Andrew W.K. show at New York's Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday. ...

Marilyn Manson's crotch-rubbing case in Clarkston, Michigan, progresses, as a pre-trial hearing date has been set for April 25, at which the rocker plans to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges (assault and battery, disorderly persons). At a motions hearing on Wednesday (March 27), Judge Gerald E. McNally denied a request by the prosecution to recuse himself, leaving the prosecution with 21 days to appeal ... Actor Billy Bob Thornton will show off the crooner within when he launches a two-week tour to promote his debut album, Private Radio. The eight-city jaunt will start in Los Angeles on May 17, according to Reuters. ...

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After arriving an hour late to Monday night's London premiere of "Crossroads," Britney Spears was booed by a crowd of 3,000 fans who didn't expect her to rush straight into the Odeon Theatre and had waited for hours for the chance to get her autograph or picture. A U.K. spokesperson issued a statement Tuesday (March 26) saying that security concerns kept the pop star from lingering or venturing into the crowd. ... Gorillaz' Dan "the Automator" Nakamura, Crazy Town and Sense Field are the first acts announced for the 7th Annual Boarding for Breast Cancer benefit scheduled for April 14 in Tahoe, California. Linkin Park and Static-X performed at last year's event. ...

Fatboy Slim won two awards at the inaugural DanceStar USA Awards in Miami on Sunday: Best International Act and Best Video (for "Weapon of Choice"). Other winners included Jennifer Lopez (Best Chart Artist), the Crystal Method (Best Act), Paul Oakenfold (Best International DJ), Felix Da Housecat (Best Album for Kittenz & Thee Glitz) and Deep Dish (Best Compilation Album for Global Underground: Moscow). ... And speaking of the funk soul brother, the Chemical Brothers' remix of Fatboy's "Song for Shelter" is the lead track on the Astralwerks' compilation, Rarewerks 2, due April 2. Daft Punk's remix of the Chemicals' "Life Is Sweet," a live version of Air's "Dirty Trip" and Felix Da Housecat's remix of Playgroup's "Number One" are among the highlights. ...

Bounty Killer can finally make good on the claim that if you look up raw rhythms (or riddims) in the dictionary, you'll see his face. The reggae Don is putting out a double LP, Ghetto Dictionary, on May 14 comprising two volumes, The Art of War and Mystery. ... On Saturday in Phoenix, electro-punk band Kill Me Tomorrow kick off a tour that runs through May 10 in Merced, California. They will be joined on the road by acts such as Xiu Xiu and Erase Errata. ... The Cranes will hit the road on their first North American tour in five years starting April 24 in Washington, D.C., and running through May 26 in Orlando, Florida. ... The second leg of Naughty By Nature's tour begins April 3 in San Antonio, Texas, and wraps up May 30 in Washington, DC. Their sixth album, Iicons will be released on May 7, while they're out on the road. ...

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil will host the 6th annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament to raise funds to fight children's cancer, leukemia and AIDS. The tournament — named in memory of Neil's daughter, who died of stomach cancer in 1995 — will take place on May 2 at the Malibu Country Club in Malibu, California. ... Our Lady Peace will release their fifth studio album, Gravity, in the U.S. on June 11. ... Fresh from their European tour with Radiohead, hip-hop's Anti-Pop Consortium will head out across North America to promote their album Arrhythmia,, which hits shelves April 2. The tour starts that day in New York City and concludes on May 9 in Montreal.