R&B Beat: Marvin Gaye, TLC's Chilli, Sam Salter

Late R&B singer's last concert recording coming, TLC singer posing nude, crooner Salter to release second album.

A recording of the last concert performance by Marvin Gaye will be released in May. Recorded less than a year before his death in 1984, The Final Concert includes romantic numbers, such as "Sexual Healing" and "Let's Get It On," alongside more topical songs, such as "Inner City Blues" and "What's Going On." ...

TLC member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Ruff Ryders rapper Eve are among the

celebrities who took it all off for Allure magazine's special "skin" issue. ...

R&B crooner Sam Salter is set to release his second album, The Little Black Book, on June 20. His single, "Once My Shit," is getting heavy urban radio airplay. ...

R&B singer Mary J. Blige joined rapper Wyclef Jean on the song "911," from Wyclef's forthcoming album, The Ecleftic, at a club show at S.O.B.'s in New York on Thursday. Rapper Pras also joined Wyclef on the Fugees' "Ready or Not." ...

Wild-haired singer Kelis straightens her locks in the video for her latest single, "Get Along With You." Paul Hunter, who helmed the video for TLC's "Unpretty," directed the blue-tinted, Gothic-style clip. ...

Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are kicking into high gear again. They've recorded a Janet Jackson song for the upcoming "The Nutty Professor II" soundtrack, and they're working with Babyface and Patti LaBelle on their upcoming albums. ...

Speaking of LaBelle, the R&B singer is working on her next album in a Los Angeles studio. Set for September release, When a Woman Loves will consist entirely of songs by Diane Warren. ...

Smooth soul man Bilal, who sang on "Funky for You" on rapper Common's Like Water for Chocolate, is working on his debut album, tentatively set for July release. His song "Soul Sista" appears on the "Love and Basketball" soundtrack. ...

The first single from Whitney Houston's upcoming greatest-hits package isn't exactly new. She teams with singer George Michael for "If I Told You That," which first appeared sans the former Wham! frontman on Houston's 1999 album, My Love Is Your Love. ...

Milwaukee native Eric Benét was honored Friday by his hometown school. LaFollette High School presented the R&B singer, who is set to begin work on his next album, with a plaque for "Achievement in African-American Arts and Entertainment."...

R&B legends Wilson Pickett and Ruth Brown will perform May 25 at this year's W.C. Handy Blues Awards ceremony in Memphis, Tenn. Pickett also is nominated in three categories, including "Blues Comeback Album of the Year" for his 1999 release, It's Harder Now....

— sonicnet.com staff report