Pop Beat: Bangles, Britney Spears, Cat Stevens ...

'Walk Like an Egyptian' group reuniting for new album, tour.

The Bangles are reuniting to record a new album, their first since 1988's Everything, a spokesperson for the band said. The original members plan to enter the studio in August, before heading out for a seven-date tour in September. Afterward, the Bangles will resume working on the album, which is planned for a spring release, followed by a summer tour. ... Britney Spears' July 26 show in Denver has been canceled because the stage equipment for the pop superstar's giant show is too big for the venue, according to a Jive Records spokesperson. There are no plans to reschedule the sold-out Denver date. Meanwhile, Spears' July 31 show, originally set for the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, has been moved to the Great Western Forum in nearby Inglewood, and another concert at the same location has been added for July 30. ...

Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, denied on Friday (July 14) having ever supported Islamic terrorist groups. The "Peace Train" singer was denied entry into Israel last week because, Israeli authorities say, he donated money to opposition group Hamas. Islam claims the only donations he has ever made are to humanitarian causes, the Associated Press reported. In a statement, Islam said, "I've never knowingly supported any terrorist groups — past, present or future." ... English rockers Blur have a best-of album tentatively slated for release Nov. 7, a Virgin Records spokesperson said. According to the label, the album is likely to contain one or more new tracks. ... INXS have announced a brief series of live shows in August, with singer Jon Stevens taking the place of Michael Hutchence, INXS' longtime lead singer who died in 1997. The first two shows will be Aug. 16 and 17 in Australia, followed by four dates in New Zealand on Aug 20, 22, 23 and 25. ...

Digitally remastered albums by Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Rod Stewart and Van Halen will be released by Warner Bros. on Sept. 19. The 20 catalog albums, the first in the label's Warner Remasters series, will take the place of previous CD editions, which were originally released in the mid-to-late '80s. ... Westlife, Dreamstreet, "Weird Al" Yankovic and Youngstown featuring Nobody's Angel are among the artists with new songs on the soundtrack to "Pokémon 2000: The Power of One." The album's title-track ballad, sung by Donna Summer, will be the first single from the soundtrack, according to Atlantic Records. ... *NSync will auction off 10 sets of four tickets, with backstage passes, beginning Saturday (July 15) at auctions.yahoo.com. Money from the auction will benefit the Justin Timberlake Foundation and the Challenge for the Children Foundation. ...

98° are planning a Sept. 26 release for their second album, Revelation, according to Universal Records. The LP's first single, "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)," includes Spanish lyrics and an upbeat Latin tempo, according to the label. ... "Free Tibet," the 1998 documentary of the first Tibetan Freedom Concert, staged in 1996 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, will be released on DVD Aug. 29. The concert, organized by the Beastie Boys, featured sets from John Lee Hooker, Beck, Björk, the Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, A Tribe Called Quest and others. The DVD will include a bonus track of the Beasties' "Root Down," from the 1997 Tibet benefit in New York, and interviews with Beastie Boy Adam Yauch and director Spike Jonze. ... Christina Aguilera will be the official spokesperson for the new Fetish cosmetics line, according to New Dana Perfumes Corporation. The line will consist of makeup, perfume, bath and body products, and will be available in January. ...

Tuesday's birthdays (July 18): Dion DiMucci, 61; Martha Reeves, 59; Lonnie Mack, 59; Robin Macdonald (Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas), 57; Bobby Sherman, 57; Danny McCulloch (Animals), 55; Phil Harris (Ace), 52; Wally Bryson (Raspberries), 51; Glenn Hughes (Village People), 50; Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earring), 50; and Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam), 38.

— sonicnet.com staff report