R&B Beat: Sammie, Mya, Curtis Mayfield ...

Thirteen-year-old R&B singer featured on TV news program.

Thirteen-year-old R&B sensation Sammie will be featured on CBS-TV's "48 Hours" at 10 p.m. EDT Wednesday (July 5), in a show that examines the ups and downs of fame. Camera crews followed Sammie as his debut single, "I Like It," began to climb the charts. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns CBS.) ...

R&B singer Mya, who released her second album, Fear of Flying, in April, will appear on a Monday (July 10) episode of "Farmclub.com" on the USA network. Also appearing are rap artists Eminem and Nelly and rockers 3 Doors Down. ...

Rhino Records will reissue remastered versions of the late Curtis Mayfield's first two solo albums. Curtis and Curtis/Live! are tentatively set for an Aug. 15 release. ...

Much like her mentor, Erykah Badu, singer N'Dambi quickly will follow her debut album with a live set. She will release Studio Sessions Volume One: Tuning Up and Cosigning in the fall. ...

R&B singer R. Kelly has set an Oct. 24 release date for his fifth album, TP-2.COM. Kelly will release the first single from the album, "I Wish," on Aug. 14. ...

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 began Saturday (July 1) in Memphis, Tenn., are working on their third album, which they hope to have out by the end of the year. ...

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. ...

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 now are being shown on The Box, and by Wednesday (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. ...

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. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report