For The Record: Quick News On Outkast, Britney Spears, Jadakiss, Wes Borland, Cheap Trick, The Cure & More

Outkast will perform during player introductions at the NBA All-Star game, taking place February 15 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Prior to tip-off, Christina Aguilera will sing the U.S. national anthem and Nelly Furtado will take on the Canadian anthem. The game will be televised on TNT at 8 p.m. ET ...

Rumors started circulating that Britney Spears was seeking help after she was spotted late last week at two Southern California medical facilities — Centinela Hospital in Inglewood and Parkside Medical Center in Santa Monica — but her rep says that there's nothing wrong with the singer. Rather, her mother, Lynne Spears, had the appointments, and the singer was merely tagging along. In the meantime, ABC Family is moving forward with their adaptation of the twosome's book, "A Mother's Gift," called "Holly" in its telepic version. Lindsey Haun, the daughter of Air Supply guitarist Jimmy Haun, has been cast as the Britney-like character, with Virginia Madsen set to play her mom. Production starts in Toronto this week. ... The Cure have been added to this year's Coachella lineup, joining previously announced artists Radiohead, Kraftwerk and a reunited Pixies at the annual event, which takes place May 1-2 in Indio, California. Robert Smith and company will headline the festival's second night. ...

Jadakiss registered to vote for the first time on Monday at "Good Morning America" 's Times Square studios as part of the "One Mind, One Vote" program, set up to support Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's voter-registration initiative. LL Cool J, Loon, Bad Boy's Da Band and Jada's LOX teammate Styles were also on hand. ... Ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland and Nine Inch Nails multi-instrumentalist Danny Lohner are likely to appear on the forthcoming album by Rob Zombie, expected to drop near the end of 2004. Lohner is also working on the soundtrack to the forthcoming flick "Hellboy" and has worked with Helmet frontman Page Hamilton on the soundtrack to "Saw," an upcoming horror movie scored by Lohner's NIN bandmate Charlie Clouser. ...

One of Bono's greatest heroes growing up was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose words and deeds inspired the singer to honor the late civil-rights activist with the U2 song "Pride (In the Name of Love)." On Saturday in Atlanta, King's widow, Coretta Scott King, returned the honor, presenting Bono with the Salute to Greatness Award. The singer was praised for his efforts to promote AIDS awareness, facilitate funding for those suffering from the disease and to relieve Third World debt. ... A fan's remix of a rare Radiohead song, "Follow Me Around," has become a favorite among the group's legion of followers. Pawel Osmolski took a version of the song frontman Thom Yorke performed solo acoustic at a KROQ holiday show and built a "full band" version around it at his home studio. After releasing it online, his version has showed up on many radio and tastemaker charts in the U.K. No word on whether the band has heard it or whether there are plans to release it as a B-side. ...

Breakdancers and b-boy crews from around the globe will exhibit and compete at the World B-Boy Championships on February 7-8 at Wembley Arena in London. Slick Rick and Ludacris will headline the closing concert in what will be Slick Rick's first performance in the land of his birth in almost two decades. Meanwhile, the Clipse have recorded a theme song for the event, called "Fabulous," which will be available on a special B-Boy Championship compilation to be released that week. ... After nine years with the band, Oasis drummer Alan White has been served his walking papers. White replaced original member Tony McCarroll for the recording of 1995's (What's the Story) Morning Glory? The Britpop band claims not to be currently looking for a replacement, and guitarist Noel Gallagher has been playing drums on early demos for Oasis' next album, expected to drop later this year. ...

SoCal punk vets the Vandals have hitched their wagon to a portion of this summer's Vans Warped Tour and will perform alongside Bad Religion, New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday and many others. Meanwhile, Non Phixion and Lordz of Brooklyn are among the unsigned and independent acts slated to play the Code of the Cutz stage, the hip-hop performance area that's been part of the tour for the past two years. ... The flap between the family of late Beatle George Harrison and the doctor who was treating him when he died appears to be over. Harrison's family, which had accused Dr. Gilbert Lederman of coaxing Harrison to autograph his son's guitar while he lie dying, has agreed to drop the lawsuit against him if he disposes of the guitar. ...

Former Smashing Pumpkins/ Zwan frontman Billy Corgan will join Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter, Giant Sand's Howe Gelb, Calexico and the Jayhawks in contributing to the two-disc Por Vida, a benefit album to help singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo cover his medical expenses as he battles Hepatitis C. The LP is due in April. ... A head-on collision with two parked cars can't stop Andrew W.K. The hyperactive hipster drove into the sedentary sedans while filming an episode of his upcoming MTV2 series. The cars were totaled but Andrew walked away without much damage. ...

Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland claimed in a British court Monday that he did not attempt to rape a mentally impaired teenager to whom he was giving drum lessons. He said that he was bisexual and simply assumed the teenager was, too. ... The Offspring will play a free outdoor concert on January 27 in Aspen, Colorado, following the conclusion of the 2004 ESPN Winter X Games. ...

Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten (a.k.a. John Lydon) will take part in the British reality series "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here." The show, which starts airing January 26, will feature Rotten duking it out in the Australian outback with a host of quasi stars. ... Aerosmith have announced dates for a lengthy North American tour with power pop veterans Cheap Trick. The first show will be March 11 in Lubbock, Texas, and the two bands will remain on the road through June 28 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. ...

Following Johnny Santos' departure earlier this month, Spineshank are on the hunt for a new vocalist. Those interested in screaming for the Shank are asked to send music, photo and bios to: Scott Koenig c/o King Artist Management; N. Kings Rd # 102; West Hollywood, CA 90069; or they can e-mail to Spineshanksinger@aol.com. ...

01.16.2004

Beenie Man was moved from the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine to the private St. Joseph's Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday after undergoing surgery following his single-car accident earlier that morning. In a statement, police said they believe Beenie Man was speeding in his Hummer and not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, which occurred along a stretch of the Mandela Highway that was under construction. He is expected to stay in the hospital for at least three weeks. ...

Ron O' Neal, who starred as the uptown drug dealer Youngblood Priest in the 1972 blaxploitation classic "Superfly," died Wednesday night after a lengthy bout with cancer. He was 66. While the film was criticized for glorifying the lifestyle of the inner-city drug dealer, O'Neal's character was celebrated by a generation of rap stars, such as Snoop Dogg, who mimicked his sartorially regal street style in his music videos. ... Willie Nelson and Toby Keith will perform at the Super Bowl XXXVIII pre-game show on February 1 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. They join previously announced acts Aerosmith and Josh Groban. ...

A hearing held on Thursday to determine whether C-Murder will get a new murder trial has been postponed until Wednesday. According to the rapper's attorney, the court is awaiting testimony from one of the key prosecution witnesses who appeared in the original trial. The witness was expected to appear at the hearing, but the prosecution claimed that it could not locate her to serve her with a subpoena. The defense is now trying to track the witness down to do so. In the previous hearing on December 12, prosecuting attorneys argued that they did not know that the witness was a convicted felon and had no method of finding out this information because her criminal record had been expunged. At the hearing this week, it was established that the witness' criminal record was on file, accessible, and had been there for over a year. ...

Aaron Carter, singer and brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, dropped his request for legal emancipation from his parents after meeting with a family lawyer on Sunday. The request stemmed from allegations that his mother, Jane Carter, had taken more than $100,000 from his bank account without permission. Only two days later, Jane, who separated from Aaron's, father, Robert in March, was arrested for assaulting her estranged husband's new girlfriend, Ginger Elrod. Carter allegedly broke a window to get into her husband's home and then attacked Elrod, pulling her from the bed by her hair and beating her. ... Michelle Branch and Gavin DeGraw are going to college — 18 of them, in fact. They, along with newcomers Joe Firstman and Michael Tolcher, will hit the road this spring on the Virgin College Megatour. Besides the performances, concertgoers can experience an interactive village and receive special giveaways. A full itinerary is expected to be announced next month. ...

The 14th Annual Tibet House Benefit concert hosted by composer and artistic director Philip Glass will feature ex-Talking Heads singer David Byrne, Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Bright Eyes, Keb' Mo', Yo La Tengo as well as a few surprise guests. The show will take place on February 25 at New York's Carnegie Hall. ... R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst will appear on the debut album from Now It's Overheard, a band fronted by Oberst's bandmate, guitarist Andy Lemaster. The album, called Hold on Love, is due March 9. ...

SoCal punks Pennywise will hit the road once again to support From the Ashes, their seventh album, which dropped in September. The five-week trek begins January 21 in Atlanta and runs through February 29 in Minneapolis. Guttermouth, Bleed the Dream and Stretch Arm Strong will open the shows. ... A new collection of music from late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia and mandolin virtuoso David Grisman, Been All Around This World, will be released on March 23. The seventh release culled from collaborations between the two will include covers of Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" and James Brown's "It'll Go Crazy." ...

Following a successful reunion tour last fall, Primus will play another 14 shows starting February 24 in Kansas City, Kansas, and running through March 13 in Washington, D.C. The band is playing with its original lineup for the first time since 1996. ... Skye Sweetnam, whose single "Billy S." was featured on last summer's "How to Deal" soundtrack, will release her debut album, Noise From the Basement, on April 20. The 15-year-old co-wrote and recorded the album in the basement of her parents' home with 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist James Robertson. Included are a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" and the girl-power anthem and first single "Number One," which Eric Valentine (Good Charlotte) co-produced. ...