Pop Beat: Britney Spears, *NSync, Papa Roach…

Teen pop singer, boy band to perform at weeklong festival in Brazil; Papa Roach plan club tour.

Pop stars Britney Spears and *NSync will headline Brazil’s third annual Rock in Rio for a Better World, a weeklong music festival that begins Jan. 12, according to festival organizers. One-and-a-half million people are expected to attend the event, which also includes Brazilian acts Fernanda Abreu, Pato Fu and dozens of others from around the world. …

Three remixes of the title track of Madonna‘s upcoming Music (Sept. 19) album — released as promotional downloads on the Web sites sonicnet.com, MTV.com and VH1.com — were pulled this week. The promotion began Wednesday and was supposed to have lasted until Aug. 16, according to the MTVi Group. Officials at the MTVi Group, which runs all three sites, would not say why the tracks were removed. Madonna’s representative at Warner Bros. did not return calls by press time. A fourth remix, by the duo Deep Dish, was still available Friday (Aug. 4) at madonnamusic.com, a site owned by Madonna’s Boy Toy Inc. The single will be released in stores Aug 26. … Papa Roach will follow their tour as a supporting act for Korn with a club tour of their own, according to DreamWorks Records. The band has lined up 15 shows, beginning Aug. 22 in Quebec City, Quebec, and continuing until Sept. 15 in Charleston, S.C. …

Collective Soul, who will release Blender on Oct. 10, according to Atlantic Records, will join Creed on the fall leg of their North American tour, beginning Sept. 22 in Sacramento, Calif. … Veteran guitarist Carlos Santana has designed a T-shirt in conjunction with the Hard Rock Cafe to raise money for the Milagro Foundation, a charity he started with his wife in 1998 to help grassroots youth organizations. The shirts, which will be sold at the 40 U.S. Hard Rock Cafe locations, feature the message “Treat each other with dignity, justice, compassion and love,” according to the restaurant chain. …

Former Beatles singer/bassist Paul McCartney has invested an unspecified amount of money in Magex, an Internet company devoted to copyright-protected digital-music trading and downloads, the company announced. Universal Records is also a major investor and partner in Magex. … Singers Christina Aguilera, LeAnn Rimes and Seal will perform at golfer Tiger Woods’ Tiger Jam III at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, a spokesperson for the event said. The Oct. 7 concert will benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and other children’s charities. …

Five people were injured at a No Doubt concert in Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday (Aug. 2) when a crowd of 4,000 people rushed the stage, the Associated Press reported. Three people were taken to the hospital, but none of the injuries was serious, according to fire department officials. … Pop artists *NSync, 98°, Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, Destiny’s Child, Pink, Vitamin C, the A*Teens and others will play an all-day show Aug. 13 in Jacksonville, Fla., being billed as the “Biggest Concert in the World.” Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. EDT Friday (Aug. 4) at the Jacksonville Coliseum and through Ticketmaster. …

Dominic Chianese, who plays Uncle Junior on the HBO series “The Sopranos,” is recording his debut album in Nashville. The untitled project features Chianese’s take on everything from Bruce Springsteen and Italian love songs to his own country-pop material and “Amazing Grace.” A release date has not been set. … A California man is suing Duran Duran for listing his home phone number on their Web site as the contact number for such items as T-shirts and tickets. The band is not commenting on the suit, which seeks unspecified damages. Cornell Zachary, 56, claims his health was permanently ruined by the multitude of calls he received. …

Monday’s birthdays (Aug. 7): Herb Reed (Platters), 69; B.J. Thomas, 58; Kerry Chater (Gary Puckett & the Union Gap), 55; Andy Fraser (Free), 48; Richard Joswick (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods), 48; Jacqui O’Sullivan (Bananarama), 40; and Ian Dench (EMF), 36.

— sonicnet.com staff report