R&B Beat: Blaque, Syleena Johnson, Kelly Price ...

R&B trio to collaborate with boy-band member; Chicago R&B singer to perform in hometown; performers scheduled for birthday bash.

Poppy R&B trio Blaque's next single will be "As Is," a collaboration with *NSync's Joey Fatone, Blaque member Brandi Williams said on Wednesday (Aug. 2). The single is from the upcoming soundtrack to the cheerleading movie "Bring It On," due later this month. ...

Chicago R&B singer Syleena Johnson, whose debut album, Chapter 1: Love, Pain and Forgiveness, comes out Sept. 26, will perform Saturday (Aug. 5) as part of the African American Women on Tour conference series. Johnson, whose dad is soul singer Syl Johnson, will play at 1:30 p.m. CDT at Chicago's Hilton Hotel. ...

Singers Kelly Price, Chaka Khan and Rachelle Ferrell are among the performers for Isaac Hayes' Aug. 16 birthday celebration. The charity event, called "Memphis in Manhattan," will pay tribute to Memphis music and also will include Stax performers Sam Moore and the Bar-Kays. ...

San Francisco radio station KMEL-FM will host R&B acts Ideal, Next and Lucy Pearl for its annual All-Star Summer Jam on Aug. 12 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif. Also performing will be hip-hop artists Mos Def, Lil' Kim and Da Brat, according to station organizers. ...

The lawyer representing former Destiny's Child members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett in their lawsuit against the group and its manager, Mathew Knowles, said the suit may never reach court. Dallas lawyer Gerald Conley said he has been given "certain financial information from the defendants, which we are now reviewing with an eye toward possible mediation in the next month or so." Knowles couldn't be reached for comment. ...

"Thong Song" singer Sisqó, whose ballad "Incomplete" is at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, has signed a television sitcom development deal with Big Ticket Television, according to Reuters. Big Ticket previously turned singer Brandy into a television star, with the show "Moesha." (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns Big Ticket.) ...

R&B-jazz legend Quincy Jones is a co-founder of New Urban Entertainment (NUE) television. Including hip-hop and R&B, the network is available on satellite systems and will show up on various cable networks by September. ...

The first 25,000 copies of the upcoming Supremes box set, due Aug. 29, will include an extra concert disc. In addition to the four career-spanning discs in all pressings of the eponymous retrospective, these copies will boast the 11-track In Person — An Evening With the Supremes, which will include songs from Diana Ross' final performance with Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong. ...

The soundtrack to the upcoming Spike Lee movie "Bamboozled" offers a who's who of R&B and hip-hop artists. Tentatively scheduled for September release, the album will feature rappers Goodie MOb, Canibus, Chuck D and Common, along with soul artists Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Prince. ...

Gospel-soul legend Mavis Staples will honor Mahalia Jackson in a tribute concert at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Aug. 26. Jackson, perhaps the best-known gospel singer of all time, sang at the 1963 March on Washington at the personal request of Martin Luther King Jr. ...

R&B vocal group Boyz II Men will be featured along with pop group 98° in the August installment of the Box Music Network's "Summer Music Experience 2000" promotion. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, MTV Interactive, also owns The Box.) Viewers will have a chance to win a trip to meet Boyz II Men, who are putting the finishing touches on their next album, Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya. ...

Mariah Carey is filming a movie with co-star Da Brat in Canada, and she will record new songs for the soundtrack with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, a representative for Carey said. In the film, "All That Glitters," Carey plays a member of an up-and-coming girl group. Mariah previously worked with hitmakers Jam and Lewis on her 1999 album, Rainbow, which also featured a guest rap by Da Brat. ...

Thursday's birthdays (Aug. 3): Beverly Lee (Shirelles), 59; Morris "B.B." Dickerson (War), 51; and Johnny Graham (Earth, Wind & Fire), 49.

— sonicnet.com staff report