Pop Beat: *NSync, 98°, Beastie Boys ...

Backstage passes to pop quintet's show to be auctioned for charity.

*NSync will auction off 10 sets of four tickets, with backstage passes, beginning Saturday (July 15) at auctions.yahoo.com. Money from the auction will benefit the Justin Timberlake Foundation and the Challenge for the Children Foundation. ... 98° are planning a Sept. 26 release for their second album, Revelation, according to Universal Records. The LP's first single, "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)," includes Spanish lyrics and an upbeat Latin tempo, according to the label. ...

"Free Tibet," the 1998 documentary of the first Tibetan Freedom Concert, staged in 1996 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, will be released on DVD Aug. 29. The concert, organized by the Beastie Boys, featured sets from John Lee Hooker, Beck, Björk, the Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, A Tribe Called Quest and others. The DVD will include a bonus track of the Beasties' "Root Down," from the 1997 Tibet benefit in New York, and interviews with Beastie Boy Adam Yauch and director Spike Jonze. ... Christina Aguilera will be the official spokesperson for the new Fetish cosmetics line, according to New Dana Perfumes Corporation. The line will consist of makeup, perfume, bath and body products, and will be available in January. ... Experimental singer Yoko Ono is suing Tokyo's Teito Rapid Transit Authority for issuing fare passes featuring an Andy Warhol portrait of her late husband, Beatles singer/guitarist John Lennon, the Associated Press reported. The subway operator claimed it printed the portrait on a 1,000 yen ($9.24) transit card with permission from a museum staging a Warhol exhibit. Ono is seeking $120,000 for copyright infringement. ...

The Recording Industry Association of America submitted its final brief Thursday (July 13) in its bid for a preliminary injunction to keep copyrighted material from flowing through the portals of MP3 file-sharing software company Napster Inc. for the duration of its copyright infringement lawsuit against the company. Napster argued that file-sharing is protected by a home-taping exception to the Copyright Act — an exception the RIAA says does not apply to "Internet piracy." A hearing over the injunction is scheduled for July 26 in San Francisco Superior Court. ... 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. ...

Monday's birthdays (July 17): Spencer Davis (Spencer Davis Group), 58; Zoot Money (Animals), 58; Brian Glascock (Motels), 52; Mick Tucker (Sweet), 52; Mike Vale (Tommy James and the Shondells), 51; Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers), 48; Phoebe Snow, 48; Regina Belle, 37; and Nicolette Larson, 1952–1997.

— sonicnet.com staff report