Blaque Teams With 'NSYNC's Fatone For Next Single

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The ladies in Blaque have a new single and a movie cameo on the way, but they're already setting their sights on the follow-up to their platinum debut album.

"It'll definitely be a step up from the first album," group member Brandi Williams said. "We're going to have a track from Babyface and one from Diane Warren."

In the meantime, the group -- Williams, 17, Shamari Fears, 19, and Natina Reed, 18 -- will appear on the silver screen in "Bring It On," a cheerleading movie starring Kirsten Dunst, coming out August 25. Their next single, "As If," leads the movie's soundtrack and is a collaboration with 'NSYNC's Joey Fatone. The single also will come out this month, but its release date hasn't yet been settled on.

It won't mark the first time the Detroit teen trio has gotten superstar help. TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes signed Blaque to her Left Eye Productions, and its first single was the R. Kelly-penned and produced

"808," which went top 10 on the pop and R&B charts. The group also made made its biggest splash with "Bring It All To Me," a sort of anti-"No Scrubs" testament to love being more important than wealth, which featured all five members of 'NSYNC.

"Those guys are like our big brothers," Williams said. "They haven't been in the business a whole lot longer than us, but they've taught us a lot."

So has Kelly, she added. "He really taught us that we need to always remember that this is a business," she said. "There's time for games and time for work, and when you're with him, you'd better work."

The group just finished 13 dates on the Nickelodeon "All That" Music & More festival tour, which also featured A*Teens, B*Witched, and LFO.

"It was great to look out in the audience and see so many little kids," Williams said. "Usually, concerts aren't for kids, so it was really a great thing.

"We try to put out music and an image that girls, and guys,

can relate to and maybe even be inspired by," she added. "We don't want to be just a girl group."

To that end, Williams is adamant that, despite the superstar help, Blaque has its own musical vision. Reed had a hand in writing six songs on the group's self-titled debut, including the Motown-sounding "I Do" and the pensive "Mind Of A King."

"Blaque" will vie against Destiny's Child's "The Writing's On The Wall," 702's self-titled disc, and Trin-I-Tee 5:7's "Spiritual Love" for the Soul Train Lady of Soul award for Album Of The Year By A Group, Band Or Duo. The awards will be presented September 2 in Los Angeles (see "Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child Lead Lady Of Soul Nominees").