Singers Montell Jordan
and Kelly Price will host
the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Wednesday (June 7).
The awards show, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New
York, will honor urban music writers, publishers and
R&B artist Prince has
posted 18 song clips in RealAudio format in The Vault section
of his www.npgonlineltd.com Web site. Clips include a four-
minute live clip of "I Could Never Take the Place of Your
Man," as well as snippets of the studio recordings
"Cybersingle" and "Splash." ...
The four-CD Doo Wop Box III, featuring tracks by the
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The tracks on the set were chosen by artists who grew up
listening to doo-wop, including
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Singer Kevon Edmonds will
perform on a June 19 episode of the soap opera "All My
Children." Edmonds' single "No Love (I'm Not Used To)" is at
#32 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart. ...
Soul singer Tyrese will
perform at the first Watts Day festival in Los Angeles on
July 2. The family festival will feature amusement rides and
games in addition to musical performances. ...
Singer Janet Jackson's
husband and sometime songwriting partner
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divorce. Elizondo's lawyer told Reuters he would seek
a settlement based on his client's "instrumental" role in
Jackson's career. ...
Gospel singer Fred
Hammond will perform at Detroit's McDonald's
GospelFest. The free festival, in Hammond's hometown, takes
place Friday through Sunday (June 911) at Detroit's
Hart Plaza. ...
Soul songstress N'Dambi
will serenade jazz vocalist Nina
Simone at the International Association for
African-American Music's Diamond Awards Friday (June 9). Also
appearing at the show will be Boyz
II Men, Angie
Stone and Eve.
"Pass You By," a ballad from Boyz II
Men's upcoming album, Nathan Michael Shawn
Wanya, is the group's first single since 1998's "I Will
Get There." ...
R&B singer Dwayne Wiggins
and hip-hop act the Roots
are set to perform at "Bringing Mumia Home," a benefit
Saturday (June 10) at the Berkeley (Calif.) Community Theater
for Mumia Abu-Jamal's legal defense fund. Abu-Jamal was
convicted of murdering a Philadelphia police officer 18 years
R&B singer Kelly Price is
donating the profits of her latest single, "Love Will Set You
Free," to the T.J. Martell Foundation, a music industry
organization supporting cancer, leukemia and AIDS research.
In 1999, Price's mother was found to have breast cancer, and
her mother-in-law died from the disease. ...
Rappers Talib Kweli,
De la Soul and
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Sean Paul at the Fourth
Annual Urban Focus Music Conference from June 2425 at
the University of Southern California.
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the outdoor concert. ...
sonicnet.com staff report