Pop Beat: Barbra Streisand, Cat Stevens, Beastie Boys ...

Diva in talks to perform at benefit for Democratic Party.

Barbra Streisand is in talks to perform at an Aug. 17 fund-raising concert for the Democratic Party at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, Reuters reported. ... Seventies pop star Cat Stevens, born Stephen Georgiou but known since the late '70s as Yusuf Islam, was detained at an Israeli airport and then turned away by Israeli officials Wednesday morning, the Associated Press reported. The 51-year-old "Peace Train" singer, who was ordered to return to Germany, is on a government list of undesirables based on his support for the Islamic militant group Hamas. ...

The Beastie Boys will release a two-disc DVD anthology including remixes of their songs by such artists as Moby and Fatboy Slim, the Criterion Collection DVD company announced. The anthology will contain 18 videos and will include previously unreleased audio tracks, camera footage and audio commentary by the band and video directors. ... "Almost Famous," the latest film from writer/director Cameron Crowe ("Singles," "Jerry Maguire") will hit theaters Sept. 15, according to DreamWorks Pictures. The film, inspired by Crowe's experiences as a young rock journalist in the 1970s, will be accompanied by a classic-rock soundtrack to be released Sept. 12. ... Rage Against the Machine will play three shows at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium before launching their tour with the Beastie Boys, MTV News Online reported. The shows, on July 25, 27 and 28, will be recorded for a live album and home video, which are scheduled for a November release. ...

Lenny Kravitz and Wyclef Jean will headline a benefit concert Friday (July 14) in Miami, according to MTV News Online. Proceeds from the show, the fourth annual Zo's Summer Groove concert, will help provide services to Florida youths. ... Metallica singer/guitarist James Hetfield rejoined the band on tour Wednesday (July 12) in Denver, after missing three shows because of a back injury, MTV News Online reported. ... 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. ...

Friday's birthdays (July 14): Dan Trammell (Fireballs), 60, and Tameka Cottle (Xscape), 25.

— sonicnet.com staff report