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Soul singer's sophomore album coming in September; three-CD box set of late singer coming later.

Soul singer Erykah Badu is planning a Sept. 19 release for her new album, tentatively titled The New Du, according to a publicist from Kedar Entertainment. Badu has recorded for the Roots and OutKast since her 1997 debut, Baduizm. ...

A three-CD box set from late singer Johnnie Taylor, Lifetime, is due late this year, according to an announcement from Fantasy, Inc. The label, which recently issued the latest album from vocal harmonizers the Dells, also will release Can You Feel Me?, the debut album from 22-year-old singer Enchanette on Tuesday (June 20).

Janet Jackson and her production mainstays, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, plan to wrap up work on the pop star's follow-up to 1997's The Velvet Rope before the end of the year. The team has recorded four songs for the LP with hip-hop producer Rockwilder, including the ballad "Feels So Right" and "Who." "We kept joking that ['Who'] reminds us of an old Eddie Kendricks kind of record, like a 'Keep on Truckin" kind of record," Jimmy Jam said, referring to the late soul singer. ...

Singers Chico DeBarge and Monifah will appear on the soundtrack to "The Original Kings of Comedy," tentatively set for August release, according to Universal Records. Rappers Big Tymers and Nelly are also slotted for the album. ...

Bob Rolontz, a reporter, editor, producer and record executive who designated the platinum album to signify the sale of 1 million records — for the 1968 Cream album Wheels of Fire — died Wednesday at age 79 of complications from Parkinson's disease. Rolontz, who produced Mickey and Sylvia's 1957 hit "Love Is Strange," was vice president of publicity and advertising at Atlantic Records in the late 1960s, where he worked with the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and Yes. He also wrote and edited for Billboard magazine. ...

"Thong Song" singer Sisqó makes his TV-commercial debut this week in an ad for Pepsi in which he's singing at a party aboard a spaceship. ...

Singer Toni Braxton will make her feature film debut in "Kingdom Come," also starring LL Cool J, Whoopi Goldberg and Jada Pinkett Smith, according to MTV News Online. ...

Chaka Khan, Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson and Eric Benét will perform at the 50th anniversary celebration of KPRS-FM (Hot 103), the oldest African–American-owned-and-operated radio station in the United States. The party will be held July 22 at Bartle Hall/Kansas City Convention Center, in Kansas City, Mo., according to a station spokesperson. ...

R&B crooner D'Angelo and rapper Dr. Dre are teaming for a remix of the former's "Chicken Grease," according to MTV News Online. D'Angelo said he's also working on a remix of his "Devil's Pie," which should be released soon. ...

Grammy-nominated gospel singer the Rev. James Moore died June 7 in Memphis, Tenn., at age 44. His most recent album, Family and Friends, was released in April. ...

R&B-pop singer Monica has a supporting role in the new Freddie Prinze Jr. movie "Boys and Girls," released Friday (June 16). The singer also is set to appear in an MTV movie alongside Justin Timberlake of *NSync. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV.) ...

Prince has posted 18 song clips in RealAudio format in The Vault section of his Web site (www.npgonlineltd.com). Clips include a four-minute live clip of "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," as well as snippets of the studio recordings "Cybersingle" and "Splash." ...

The four-CD Doo Wop Box III, featuring tracks by the Dominoes, Drifters and Spaniels, will be released Aug. 1. The tracks on the set were chosen by artists who grew up listening to doo-wop, including Robert Plant and Keith Richards. ...

Tuesday's birthdays (June 20): Billy Guy (Coasters), 64, and Lionel Richie, 50.

— sonicnet.com staff report