Pop Beat: Corrs, Backstreet Boys, No Doubt ...

Irish pop group's third album due Sept. 12.

Irish pop group the Corrs will release their third album, In Blue, Sept. 12. The LP, whose first single is "Breathless," features production work by Robert John "Mutt" Lange (Shania Twain) and Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow). ...

Backstreet Boys are eyeing a late November release date for their untitled follow-up to 1999's Millennium, according to a spokesperson. ... Pop-rockers No Doubt are offering another exclusive download of a B-side song via www.nodoubt.com. "Cellophane Boy" was recorded during the sessions for this year's, Return of Saturn (2000). The group previously offered a download of the B-side "Under Construction." ...

Smashing Pumpkins launched a 24-hour online radio station Monday (Aug. 14) at www.smashingpumpkins.com that streams previously unavailable live recordings from the early '90s through the band's current tour. The Pumpkins have vowed to call it quits when the tour wraps. ... Pop songwriter Joe Jackson is working on Night and Day II, a sequel to his 1982 album Night and Day, according to a spokesperson. Singer Marianne Faithfull appears on the album, due Oct. 24. ...

Ex-Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur joins Rufus Wainwright for a song on his upcoming album, Poses, according to a spokesman for Wainwright. The album, due early next year, also features appearances from Teddy Thompson (son of Richard and Linda Thompson) and Rufus' sister, Martha. ... Pop quartet 98° made a $2,500 donation Thursday (Aug. 10) to the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, according to a band spokesperson. The group, three of whom attended the school, also donated a grand piano provided by the Disney Channel. ...

Garbage have entered a Madison, Wis., studio to work on their third album, according to Interscope Records. Singer Shirley Manson is posting a diary about the process on www.garbage.com. ... Organizers of Beatstock 2000 are aiming to break their own mark in the Guinness Book of World Records by putting 54 acts on one stage in one day. The lineup includes hitmakers from the '70s (Carol Williams, Musique), '80s (Deborah Gibson, Colonel Abrams) and '90s (C+C Music Factory, Amber), as well as current chart toppers Pink and Son by Four. ...

*NSync's Challenge for the Children II basketball game raised $550,000 for charity, according to event organizers. The July 29 game, which also featured Queen Latifah, Youngbloodz, Jordan Knight and Pink, as well as basketball players Elton Brand and Stephon Marbury, will benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women, the Justin Timberlake Foundation and the Nordoff-Robbins Foundation. ... Rapper Eminem, whose mother filed a $10 million defamation of character lawsuit against him, ignored a recent $2 million settlement offer she made, according to The Macomb Daily newspaper. Eminem is scheduled to give a deposition in the case Sept. 13. ...

Tuesday's birthdays (Aug. 15): Billy Pinckney (Drifters), 75; Stix Hooper (Crusaders), 62; Pete York (Spencer Davis Group), 58; Jimmy Webb, 54; Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake), 50; William Griffin (Miracles), 50; Bobby Caldwell, 49; Jackie Brenston, 1930–1979; and Bobby Helms, 1933–1997.

— sonicnet.com staff report