Hip-Hop Beat: Clive Davis, Lucy Pearl, DJ Quik ...

Legendary music executive starts news label; supergroup gets gold album; BMG to sell downloads.

Legendary music executive and producer Clive Davis, who was forced out of his position as president and chief executive officer of Arista Records earlier this year, has founded a new record label with Arista's parent company, BMG Entertainment. Davis and BMG have not announced which artists will be part of his J Records roster. Davis has signed such artists as Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston during a nearly 40-year career, and his last label was parent to Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Entertainment. ...

Lucy Pearl's self-titled debut album, released May 23, was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America this week. The R&B supergroup — which is opening for D'Angelo and headlining its own shows this summer on a tour that will be extended into the fall — will perform Friday (Aug. 25) on HBO's "The Chris Rock Show." ... BMG, whose artists include Toni Braxton and DJ Quik, will begin selling a small portion of its catalog online as digital downloads in September, according to a Reuters report. BMG previously had announced it would begin selling music online in June. ...

Queen Latifah raps on "I Can Do Too," a song by South Bronx, N.Y., newcomer Cole that's the first single off the soundtrack to the film "Girlfight," due Sept. 26. Dallas Austin (TLC) wrote and produced the single. The soundtrack also includes cuts by Fat Joe, MC Cuban Link, Remy Martin, Dilated Peoples and Stevie J. featuring Eve, along with "Olympic Festival," rock band Santana's first new song since their blockbuster 1999 album, Supernatural ...

Wyclef Jean, De la Soul and Black Eyed Peas will tour U.S. colleges from Oct. 1 through mid-November on MTV's Campus Invasion tour. "There ain't nothing like a bunch of college kids," said Wyclef, whose second solo album, The Ecleftic — 2 Sides II a Book, hits stores Tuesday (Aug. 22). "They're stressed out, and they need a concert." An itinerary has yet to be announced. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV). ...

Blade, a singer who has appeared on tracks by Eve, Q-Tip, Rah Digga and Canibus, will release her debut solo album in February. Producers include DJ Premier, DJ Clue and DJ Scratch. Busta Rhymes, R&B singer Carl Thomas and Prodigy of Mobb Deep make guest appearances. ...

Skee-Lo, a Chicago rapper who scored a 1995 pop hit with the title track from his album I Wish, will follow up this fall with an album called I Can't Stop, according to his publicist, Carey Schueler. The 11-track album, which includes the songs "At the Mall" and "Do It Tonight," — uses live Chicago musicians, refrains from profanity and uses no samples, Schueler said. ... San Francisco police are trying to obtain statements from members of the Wu-Tang Clan in their investigation of a reporter's claim that Wu-Tangers Ghostface Killah and U-God and a bodyguard attacked him when he asked for an interview after an Aug. 12 concert, Inspector Daniel Dedet said Friday (Aug. 18). The rap group's representative is cooperating, but the investigation can't proceed without the statements, Dedet said. A label spokesperson declined to comment. ...

Eminem has several guest spots on a solo album by Detroit rapper Royce Da 5'9" that should be out in about six months, according to Game Records general manager Rick Nucci. Royce Da 5'9" was featured on "Bad Meets Evil," a song from Eminem's The Slim Shady LP, and has performed with Eminem on some Up in Smoke tour dates. "Boom," a DJ Premier-produced single from the untitled LP, will be released Aug. 22 on Game/Rawkus Entertainment. ...

Universal Records will re-release the Ying Yang Twins' independent album, Thug Walkin', on Aug. 29, according to spokesperson Dawnalisa Johnson. The Twins' ode to Atlanta strip clubs, "Whistle While You Twurk," debuted at #1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. The re- release will include new remixes of the hit. ... Fugees rapper/guitarist Wyclef Jean will perform at an HMV record store in New York's Harlem neighborhood Tuesday (Aug. 22), the day his second solo album, The Ecleftic — 2 Sides II a Book, comes out. He'll also appear Aug. 25 at a Best Buy in Willow Grove, Pa., to sign autographs, a Wyclef spokesperson said. ...

OutKast and Elektra Entertainment have launched Aquemeni Records. The new label will release Southern rapper Slimm Calhoun's debut album, The Skinny, in November, according to Elektra publicist Anne Kristoff. Slimm Calhoun appeared with the respected Atlanta rappers on "High Schoolin' " from the 1999 soundtrack to "Light It Up," and will be featured on "Gangsta Shit," a song from OutKast's upcoming Stankonia (Oct. 24). ...

Ruff Ryders Entertainment, the hip-hop imprint whose roster includes DMX and Eve, will sponsor a summer camp Aug. 28–Sept. 2 at Camp Pontiac in upstate New York. One hundred kids, ages 8 to 15, were chosen based on their academic achievements for the weeklong event, which will include educational and athletic activities, a Ruff Ryders spokesperson said. The Lox and Drag- On will perform on Sept. 1 at a concert at the camp. ...

Friday's birthday (Aug. 25): DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy), 34.

— sonicnet.com and MTV News Online staff report