For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Andre 3000, Fefe Dobson, Flaming Lips, Barry Manilow & More

The Grammys just got regal with the addition of Prince and the princess of pop, Britney Spears, to the show's lineup. Spears, along with Keith Urban, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Joshua Bell, will present awards, while the purple one and Beyoncé are slated to perform. Tributes honoring the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' historic performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," featuring Sting, Dave Matthews and Pharrell Williams; and the legacy of the late Warren Zevon, with Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and others, have also been added. ...

Reports that 50 Cent had an arrest warrant issued for him on Saturday in New York are false, according to a spokesperson for the New York City Police Department. 50 was involved in an incident in the St. Albans section of Queens in which the rapper drove up to the set of a local hip-hop video shoot, got out of his car and feigned the firing of a gun. Police say the matter was investigated but quickly closed. ... A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Snoop Dogg that accuses the rapper of including an answering machine message in a song without permission. The suit was filed last March by a man who wished to keep his identity secret out of safety concerns. He sought financial compensation for the use of the one-minute message on a song from Snoop's 2002 album, Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss, expressing support for Snoop in his rivalry with record exec Suge Knight. ...  

Seen recently at the Sundance Film Festival, Outkast's Andre 3000 is slowly making his way from the pop charts to the big screen. He's been cast in "Be Cool," the sequel to "Get Shorty," both of which are based on books by Elmore Leonard. Andre plays the leader of a rap group named the Dub MDs. The film also stars John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel and Cedric "The Entertainer." ... Wilco have joined the lineup for the fifth Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Also expected to be added are the Flaming Lips, who are dedicating the first half of 2004 to completing their consummate work-in-progress, the film "Christmas on Mars." They're hoping to be finished by spring, at which time they'll begin work on the follow-up to 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots with producer Dave Fridmann. ...

"Billy S." singer Skye Sweetnam is checking into the Onyx Hotel. The 15-year-old Canadian will open for Britney Spears on her upcoming tour, which also features Kelis. The outing begins March 2 in San Diego. ... Fefe Dobson will begin a new tour on February 18 in Cleveland. Dates run through March 3 in Boston. Toby Lightman will join the trek starting February 19 in Pittsburgh. ...

Rapper Turk remains in Shelby County Jail in Tennessee on $750,000 bond following his arrest for first-degree attempted murder last week. Meanwhile, police have acknowledged that one of the two officers shot in the drug raid in which Turk is alleged to have been involved was actually injured by friendly fire. Earlier, the county sheriff's office said none of the 12 police officers in the raid had returned fire, but it now says ballistic tests show SWAT officer Jason Pagenkopf was hit in the neck with a bullet used by sheriff's deputies. ... Last November's AIDS benefit concert in Cape Town, South Africa, which featured Beyoncé, U2, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Geldof and Paul Oakenfold, was recorded for a three-CD, two-DVD set, due April 5. The show, dubbed "The 46664 AIDS Benefit Concert" after the identification number former South African President Nelson Mandela wore during his imprisonment, was organized by Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. ...

Soft-rock crooner Barry Manilow was hospitalized with chest pains due to stress on Saturday. The 57-year old singer had just returned to his Palm Springs, California, home after a trip to New York. ... The White Stripes are the first band slated to play this summer's Reading and Leeds Festivals in England. The duo were scheduled to perform last year, but the fractured hand Jack White sustained in a car accident in July prevented the band from playing. ...

Mike Patton's left-field supergroup the Fantômas will embark on a monthlong jaunt beginning March 25, though an itinerary has yet to be confirmed. Following a European trek thereafter, drummer Dave Lombardo will get back to work on the next Slayer record. Lombardo's other project, Grip Inc., will release their fourth album on March 16. ... Taproot will head to Chicago in two weeks to record a collaboration with former Smashing Pumpkins/ Zwan frontman Billy Corgan. The band also recently worked with Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter. Both tracks are slated for the next Taproot album, due later this year. ...

A Station fire benefit concert that raised $6,000 is now at the center of a battle over who should receive the money. The band that headlined the show, Draw the Line, wants to distribute the cash to all Massachusetts residents affected by the Rhode Island blaze. However, 22-year-old pianist Arthur Conway, who suffered lung damage and burns in the fire, has sued, claiming the March 8 show was scheduled strictly to help him pay his medical bills. The cash is currently in escrow in Boston while the Massachusetts attorney general's office reviews Conway's lawsuit. ... Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will perform a free concert in Longview, Washington, on Friday to encourage young people to register to vote. The show is part of Music for America, a series of shows and voter-registration drives to be held across the country. ...

Alien Ant Farm will start a 14-date North American tour Thursday in Sacramento, California. Dates run through February 21 in College Station, Texas, after which the band will head overseas. ... Björk has plans to release a complete box set of all her singles in April, according to her Web site (www.bjork.com). The box will include every single, remix and white label ever issued in her name, including those tracks and mixes released in other countries. Last spring, the singer released a box set of live recordings and accompanying DVDs. ... Atmospheric rockers Broken Social Scene won't be relaxing anytime soon. February 10 will see the release of the Valley of the Giants' debut, which features members of BSS, Godspeed You Black Emperor! and Do Make Say Think. Then on March 23, Broken Social Scene will release Bee Hives, a collection of B-sides and outtakes. ...

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After initially selecting the raunchy celebration of public affection "In Public" for her next single, Kelis has changed her mind. Her follow-up to the suggestive "Milkshake" will now be "Trick Me," a song about scorned love set to a ska-like beat from producer Dallas Austin. She's scheduled to shoot the video for the song at the end of February. ...

Turk was arraigned on charges of first-degree attempted murder Friday (January 30) in a Memphis courthouse, where he will return February 18 to enter his plea in a preliminary hearing. The Hot Boys rapper's bail was also reduced from $1 million to $750,000. ... After Fred Durst lambasted a Spanish journalist on the Limp Bizkit Web site for asking about his "knack for pissing people off" and then dared the writer to be "front and center" at next month's concert in Spain, the scribe shot back in an open letter to the Bizkit bigwig. While defending his line of questioning, Jordi Meya asked that Durst "prove [him] wrong by having an adult conversation, instead of trying to kick [his] ass when [he] comes to Spain." ...

Ryan Adams will undergo surgery this week to repair his left wrist, which he broke during a January 22 show in Liverpool, England. His North American tour, which was to run from March 2 in Columbia, Missouri, to March 26 in Denver, has been canceled. ... Rapper Mos Def will play the role of Ford Prefect in the upcoming flick "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," based on the novel by Douglas Adams about a man who is saved from the destruction of planet Earth by his best friend, who turns out to be an alien. Mos, who also starred in "The Italian Job" and "Monster's Ball," will start shooting in April. ...

He may not be the hunkiest musician on the block, but Elvis Costello knows the secret to making the ladies swoon, which he promises to share in a forthcoming book. His idea for the how-to book (as in "How to play guitar, sing loudly and impress girls ... or boys," as he says in the proposal) is based on the presumption that people need to take a more punk approach to learning music: "While I am not promoting musical illiteracy, it is my own experience that the rapid mastery of a few chords gives almost instant satisfaction and encouragement to the beginner. ... This in turn may actually inspire a curiosity to learn more about music, to train the ear to understand harmony ... and all the while basking in the admiring and occasionally lustful gaze of members of the opposite sex." ... Coolio is bringing his braids to TV both here and abroad. After losing his shirt on Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown," the rapper is set to get all alphabetic on comedienne Kathy Griffin and former "Cosby" kid Keshia Knight Pulliam on "Celebrity Spelling Bee," a three-part FOX series beginning February 13. He'll also participate in "Comeback — The Great Chance," a German TV show that pits artists past their prime against each other for a chance to record with an as-yet-unnamed superstar producer. ...

If you ever wanted to have the Offspring stage a concert in your living room, now you can — only problem is that the bandmembers are just three inches tall and may cause small children to choke. The Offspring collectible play set, which is already available in Japan, comes to these shores in a few months. Online orders are being taken at store.merch.com/offspring. ... Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen will return to the studio in March to begin work on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to Frederiksen's 2001 side-project album, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards. Armstrong produced, engineered and mixed that effort. Now on tour with Armstrong and the rest of Rancid, Frederiksen is slated to play with the Bastards at this summer's Vans Warped Tour. ...

Iggy Pop's hometown reunion show with his band the Stooges will be available on a DVD titled "Live in Detroit" on March 23. The proto-punk band's first Motor City show in nearly three decades took place August 25. ... Following in the footsteps of Prince, Metallica and most recently Jay-Z, the Dandy Warhols want to release a Black Album of their own. Comprised of never-before-released material they had recorded prior to releasing ... The Dandy Warhols Come Down in 1997, The Black Album will be combined with another LP of rarities, titled Come on Feel the Dandy Warhols. The band hopes to release the double-disc set in a few months exclusively on www.dandywarhols.com. ...

The Barenaked Ladies will launch a 32-date North American tour February 11 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The outing, which will feature Gavin DeGraw on the first half and Howie Day on the second, will wrap up April 1 in Calgary, Alberta. Before joining the Ladies, Day is touring with the Stereophonics beginning February 4 in Washington, D.C., and ending February 28 in San Francisco. ... Canadian chanteuse Sarah McLachlan will launch her first North American tour in five years on July 5 in Seattle. Dates run through September 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia. McLachlan will be touring behind her album Afterglow. On Monday, her new single, "Stupid," will ship to radio; a video for the song was directed by Sophie Muller. ...

Bad Religion are reissuing remixed and remastered versions of five of their early albums. The LPs, due April 6, will be accompanied by a DVD release of their 1990 home video, "Along the Way." ... For his next solo album, Grown Backwards, due March 15, former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne hummed into a tape recorder and cut up the sounds to create some of the songs. Singer Rufus Wainwright appears on the operatic track "Au Fond Du Temple." …