R&B Beat: Before Dark, Kevon Edmonds, Donell Jones ...

R&B singers playing Disney World event; Chaka Khan appearing at Jam for Literacy concert.

Disney World in Orlando, Fla., becomes an R&B/hip-hop haven this week with Vibe magazine's "Vibe Live! Urban Music Festival" from June 8–10. Among the R&B acts performing at the resort's Pleasure Island nightclub compound are Before Dark, Kevon Edmonds, Donell Jones and Avant, while hip-hop is represented by Lil' Kim, Black Rob, Rah Digga and the Roots. ...

R&B diva Chaka Khan will appear at the World Literacy Crusade's Jam for Literacy concert on Thursday (June 8) at the Celebrity Center in Hollywood. The singer also has created the Chaka Khan Art Club, which meets at the Compton, Calif., headquarters of the WLC. ...

Supergroup Lucy Pearl will shoot the video for their second single, "Don't Mess With My Man," on Thursday (June 8) in Los Angeles. The band's self-titled debut is at #33 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. ... Former Tony Toni Toné member Dwayne Wiggins has been inviting local artists to jam with him during his club tour. He recently paid to fly in Sir TJ, a 16-year-old keyboardist from Texas, to play with him live on Black Entertainment Television's Teen Summit in Washington, D.C. ...

R&B/pop singer Monica has a supporting role in the new Freddie Prinze Jr. movie "Boys and Girls," set for a June 16 release. The singer is also set to appear in an MTV movie alongside Justin Timberlake of *NSync. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV.) ...

A Supremes four-disc box set is scheduled for release Aug. 26 on Universal Records. Frontwoman Diana Ross launches a tour with Lynda Laurence and Scherrie Payne, two singers who performed in a latter-day, post-Ross version of the girl-group, June 14 in Philadelphia. ...

R&B singer Brian McKnight is set to perform June 15 at the 31st annual Songwriter's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. He will take part in a tribute to soul singer/songwriter Curtis Mayfield, who died last year. Other artists scheduled to perform at the event are Aaron Neville, Hanson and Carole King. ...

Singer R. Kelly recorded the first single to be released from the soundtrack to the upcoming remake of the classic blaxploitation film "Shaft." No release date has been set for "Bad Man," but the singer's next album, TP2.com, is slated for release later this year. ...

R&B artist Prince has posted 18 song clips in RealAudio format in The Vault section of his Web site (www.npgonlineltd.com). 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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Thursday's birthdays:

Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins (Funkadelic), 59; James Jonathan Sylvers (Sylvers), 45; Doris Pearson (Five Star), 34; Nicci Gilbert (Brownstone), 30; Sherman Garnes (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers), 1940–1977; Rob Pilatus (Milli Vanilli), 1965–1998.

— sonicnet.com staff report