Pop Beat: Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Police ...

New Jersey rockers among those honored by international music industry group.

Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Melanie C, Sasha, Barry White and the Corrs are among the June recipients of European album-sales awards from international music-industry group IFPI. A ceremony Thursday (July 13) in Brussels, Belgium, will honor artists from the past two years who have achieved sales marks in Europe, among them Bob Dylan, R.E.M., U2, Oasis, Radiohead, Sting, the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. ...

Michael Jackson's representatives called the lawsuit filed by a Beverly Hills jewelry store owner against the singer "meritless." In a statement, Jackson's spokespersons said the jeweler had been repeatedly told that Jackson was making up his mind about whether to buy the diamond watch he was borrowing and that the watch was returned "months ago." ... An accountant for former Police guitarist Andy Summers has pleaded guilty to forging Summers' signature on two checks for $25,000, the Associated Press reported. The accountant faces up to 30 years in prison. ... Web site SpinRecords.com is starting a music subscription service that will allow subscribers to download an unlimited number of songs from bands represented by the site. In a statement, the site said the service, which will launch Saturday (July 15) and will cost $4.95 a month, also will provide access to live tracks and live or archived Web broadcasts of performances. ...

Madonna's upcoming album, Music, will be released worldwide on Sept. 19, Warner Bros. said in a statement. The title track and first single will be released in early August, and its video has been shot by director Jonas Akerland, who won a Grammy in 1998 for his work on Madonna's "Ray of Light" clip. ... The Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Spice Girl and soon-to-be solo artist Victoria Beckham, Moloko and about 40 other acts performed at Party in the Park in London's Hyde Park last weekend, the Guardian reported. About 100,000 fans assembled to watch the concert, during which John took the place of Backstreet Boy AJ McLean, who was home in the United States with a sick family member. ... Christina Aguilera, whose "Genio Atrapado" (a Spanish-language version of her hit "Genie in a Bottle") is nominated for a Latin Grammy, will release her first Spanish-language album Sept. 12. Produced by Rudy Pérez, the album, tentatively titled Mi Reflejo (My Reflection), will feature 12 songs, including translations of such tracks as "Genie in a Bottle" and "So Emotional" ("Tan Emocional") — both from her self-titled album, which sold 6 million copies — as well as several new compositions. The album also will feature a duet with singer Luis Fonsi. ...

"Alligators in New York Sewers," a new song from British rockers Radiohead, is available www.ateaseweb.com. The song was performed for the first time Sunday (July 9) in Caesaria, Israel, and was posted shortly afterward. ... A Los Angeles concert by the Smashing Pumpkins, taped the day they announced their breakup, will be webcast at www.virginjamcast.com Thursday (July 13) at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT. The concert, held May 23 at Universal Amphitheatre, will be available at the site on demand from July 21 to 23. ... The Goo Goo Dolls will hit the road with Tonic for a brief tour of state fairs and festivals beginning Aug. 28 in Pueblo, Colo. The tour will run through Sept. 4, MTV News Online reported. ...

MP3.com has announced a partnership with Fun e-Business, an Internet kiosk company, to place Web-enabled jukeboxes in bars, restaurants and stores. Through the new jukeboxes, customers will be able to download digital music, as well as purchase CDs, merchandise and concert tickets through MP3.com, the companies said. ... Emusic.com is planning to integrate more subscription-based services into its existing pay-per-download business, a company spokesperson said. Earlier this month, the site made a foray into a subscription model as part of a promotion with Hewlett-Packard. ...

Thursday's birthdays (July 13): Stephen Jo Bladd (J. Geils Band), 58; Roger McGuinn (Byrds), 58; and Mark Mendoza (Twisted Sister), 44.

— sonicnet.com staff report