R&B Beat: Sisqó, Montell Jordan, Kelly Price ...

Man shot outside a Phoenix club Monday night where 'Thong Song' singer was performing.

A 20-year-old man was shot outside the Phoenix nightclub where R&B singer Sisqó was performing at a post-concert party Monday night (June 5). The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot once in each thigh. While no shots were fired inside the venue, security immediately whisked the singer offstage and into a waiting limousine. ...

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 performers. ... 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 Dominoes, Drifters and Spaniels, will be released Aug. 1. The tracks on the set were chosen by artists who grew up listening to doo-wop, including Robert Plant and Keith Richards. ...

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 #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 Rene Elizondo has filed for 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 9–11) 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 ago. ...

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 Spooks will join Dwayne Wiggins, Mary Mary and fellow R&B singer Sean Paul at the Fourth Annual Urban Focus Music Conference from June 24–25 at the University of Southern California. Avant, Ametria and Boom Shaka also will perform at the outdoor concert. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report