R&B Beat: Whitney Houston, K-Ci & JoJo, Lauryn Hill …

R&B singer's The Greatest Hits certified double-platinum; ex-Jodeci members working on third album.

Singer Whitney Houston‘s The Greatest Hits collection has been certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The two-disc set, released May 16, includes the single “Same Script, Different Cast,” a duet with Deborah Cox. …

Former Jodeci members K-Ci & JoJo, who are joining Gerald Levert and Kevon Edmonds on the bill for the SoulFest 2000 tour, which begins on July 1 in Memphis, Tenn., are working on their third album, which they hope to have out by the end of the year. …

An attorney for four producers and songwriters who sued acclaimed singer/rapper Lauryn Hill confirmed that the Fugees member will testify via deposition this week. Drum programmer Vada Nobles, guitarist Johari Newton, pianist Tejumold Newton and vocalist Rasheem Pugh sued Hill in 1998, alleging they were denied co-songwriting and co-production credits for the Grammy-Award winning The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. …

Singer Kenny Lattimore is working on the follow-up to his 1997 self-titled debut album, which featured the singles “For You” and “Never too Busy.” He’s recording the album at Bob Marley Recording Studio in Jamaica. …

A week after investor David Pullman announced that he had “securitized” the royalties for James Brown‘s catalog, he did the same for the Isley Brothers, whose catalog includes such hits as “Twist and Shout” and “It’s Your Thing.” Securitization, which Pullman pioneered with rocker David Bowie, allows the artists to keep 100 percent of their royalties, while selling bonds against future royalty earnings. …

R&B singer Pink will allow viewers to choose between two versions of her “Most Girls” video in a promotion on The Box Music Network called “Final Cut.” Both videos will be broadcast on The Box beginning Monday (June 26), and by July 5 a final version will be determined from online and telephone voting. (MTV Interactive owns The Box and sonicnet.com.) …

The songs from R&B singer Jennifer Walker‘s debut album, Jennifer, recently were posted on the music Web site PlayJ.com. “Y U Callin’ Me” and “To My Home Girls” are the first two singles from the album, which was released March 23. …

Al Green will team with the Dave Matthews Band for a duet at a Friday (June 30) performance at Chicago’s Soldier Field that will appear in the IMAX film “All Access.” Other acts who have taped performances for the film are Sting with Cheb Mami, Kid Rock, Macy Gray, Moby, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars with Mary J. Blige, Phish‘s Trey Anastasio with B.B. King, the Roots and Carlos Santana with Rob Thomas. Producers hope to premiere “All Access” on IMAX’s 250 giant screens worldwide around the time of next year’s Grammys. …

Former Jodeci singer Dalvin DeGrate has been dropped by Maverick Records, according to a publicist at the label. DeGrate released his solo debut, Met.A.Mor.Phic., on April 18, and he had released one single, “Why Can’t We,” when the move was made. Maverick had given no reason at press time. …

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

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. …

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. …

Monday’s birthdays (June 26):

Billy Davis Jr. (Fifth Dimension), 60; and Mark Decloedt (EMF), 33.

— sonicnet.com staff report