R&B Beat: Rodney Jerkins, Sisqo, Prince ...

R&B producers/songwriters working with girl group; singer to perform at awards show; R&B artist rehearses for tour.

Pop group the Spice Girls plan to release a double A-side as the first single from their upcoming album, Forever (Nov. 7), their publicist said. The single, which should surface in October, will feature the songs "Holler" and "Let Love Lead the Way," both co-written and produced by famed hip-hop/R&B producer Rodney Jerkins (Brandy, Michael Jackson). Forever, which follows 1997's Spiceworld, also features production work by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson). ...

Sisqó and Christina Aguilera will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards, which will be broadcast live Sept. 7 from Radio City Music Hall in New York. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV.) ...

Prince will begin rehearsals Sunday (Sept. 3) for a tour that will feature four distinct themes, including an acoustic set, and will allow select audience members to vote for the next song at various points during the concerts, according to the artist's official Web site, www.npgonlineltd.com. The itinerary hasn't been announced yet, but the tour will be preceded by several rehearsal shows in clubs and small theaters, the Web site said. ...

The Blues Foundation will honor Ray Charles with its lifetime achievement award at an Oct. 2 celebration at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Past recipients include B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Ruth Brown. ...

Destiny's Child will perform Sept. 21 at the MuchMusic Awards show in Toronto, according to the Canadian television network. Ben Harper and members of *NSync and Aqua will present awards at the ceremony. ...

TLC's Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins plans to take a two-year break from her group, but meanwhile she will be on the soundtrack for "Rugrats in Paris," according to Maverick Records. The album, due Nov. 7, also includes a track from former Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, who composed the film's score. ...

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. The new venture, to be known as J Records, will be an "instant major label," according to a statement released Thursday (Aug. 24) by BMG. Davis and BMG have not announced which artists will be part of J Records' roster. Davis, who signed such artists as Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Whitney Houston during his nearly 40-year career, most recently spearheaded Santana's comeback with the blockbuster album Supernatural. ...

The men of Jodeci are talking about a reunion, according to a representative for bandmember Dalvin DeGrate. The group's most recent album as a foursome was 1996's The Show, the After Party, the Hotel. ...

Lucy Pearl's self-titled debut album, released May 23, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America this week, according to a press release from the band's publicist. The R&B supergroup is opening for D'Angelo and headlining its own shows this summer on a tour that will be extended into the fall. ...

R&B singer Mya will release "Free," the first single from the soundtrack to the Jamie Foxx film "Bait," this week. The soundtrack — which also features Missy Elliott, the Roots, Donell Jones and Nelly — hits stores Sept. 12; the movie comes out Sept. 15, according to the film's publicist. ...

The third installment of Guru's Jazzmatazz series features a host of R&B artists, including Macy Gray, Kelis, Isaac Hayes, Angie Stone and Amel Larrieux. Look for the album, Streetsoul, on Sept. 26. ...

Boyz II Men will take the stage at New York's Beacon Theater on Sept. 11 in the latest concert to benefit VH1's Save the Music Foundation, which supports music education in New York public schools. Tickets are available only to Time Warner Cable subscribers, and attendees who bring a musical instrument will get a free copy of the group's new album, Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns VH1.) ...

Wednesday's birthday (Aug. 30): Ronald Beitle (Wild Cherry), 46.

— sonicnet.com staff report