Pop Beat: Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Westlife ...

Teen pop singer auctioning items online for charity.

Bids on an autographed and personally dedicated copy of Britney Spears' Oops! ... I Did It Again have passed $1,500 in an online charity auction at Yahoo!. Other items in the auction, which continues until May 26, include signed copies of her new book, "Heart to Heart"; a porcelain doll; and a letter to her fans. The Britney Spears Foundation, set up through Givenation.com, allows people to direct their charitable contributions to an extensive list of organizations. ...

Pop diva Mariah Carey will team with Irish boy band Westlife for a duet of the Phil Collins song "Against All Odds." A version of the song also appears on Carey's Rainbow, released in November. ... The latest version of the controversial MP3-trading software Napster also supports trading for the copy-protected Windows Media format. The option is likely to help Napster tout its program as a legitimate promotion tool for authorized digital music files. ... A woman accused of stalking Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose pleaded not guilty Thursday (May 18) to charges of violating a court order by allegedly sneaking onto Rose's Malibu property, according to Reuters. The 39-year-old Ohio woman, arrested Tuesday, has faced the same charges twice before, and was ordered by a judge to stay 300 yards away from the rock star, the news service said. ...

The members of *NSync turned up at the Cannes Film Festival to show a trailer for their still-untitled movie, planned for production next year. The singers revealed at the screening that they will portray fictional characters in the music-driven film. ... Pop diva Bette Midler will portray herself in a new sitcom, "The Bette Show," which CBS-TV announced Wednesday (May 17) for its primetime fall lineup. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns CBS). ... Beck will headline this year's This Ain't No Picnic festival July 2 in Irvine, Calif., with an acoustic set. Also on the bill are Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, Yo la Tengo, At the Drive-In, Grandaddy, the Bicycle Thief and others. Tickets go on sale Saturday (May 20). ...

Songwriter/producer brothers Fred and Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez) recently produced three more tracks for British pop group the Spice Girls. The pair previously had produced three songs for the Girls' upcoming LP. "The vocal performance is so much greater than it was on their prior album," Fred Jerkins said Tuesday (May 16). The latest songs include a pop ballad, an uptempo Will Smith-style dance song and an upbeat R&B/pop number, he said. ... Pearl Jam are considering releasing two-CD live recordings of every show on their upcoming world tour, according to ICE magazine. A band spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the report. The group has already played a few warm-up shows for its trek, which begins May 23 in Lisbon, Portugal. ... Smash Mouth are envisioning "a lot more fun California music, but a little harder" for their follow-up to last year's Astro Lounge, according to guitarist Greg Camp. The band will begin recording the album in Big Sur, Calif., this summer, with an eye toward a November release.

— sonicnet.com staff report