R&B Beat: James Brown, Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson ...

Godfather of Soul reportedly using money from bond sale for charity; gospel singer's latest album goes gold.

Godfather of Soul James Brown said he's used part of the $30 million he garnered from last year's Pullman Bond transaction for charity, according to Reuters. "I set up a foundation to help underprivileged people, a lot of churches, and we've sent a lot of people to school," Brown told the news service. ...

Spurred by the success of the single "Open My Heart" on gospel and adult contemporary radio, Yolanda Adams' Mountain High, Valley Low has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Adams is in the studio working on a Christmas album that will feature a duet with Sting and is set for release in time for the holidays. ...

Former Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson's solo debut single, the ballad "Without You," hits radio this week. "It gives people a chance to hear a different side of me," said Wilson, best known for funky Gap Band hits, such as "You Dropped a Bomb on Me." ...

British R&B group Five Star, who scored UK top 20 hits in 1985 with "All Fall Down" and "Let Me Be the One," are set to stage a comeback. According to the group's management, Five Star will release a single, "Eyes Never Lie," in August and an album later this year. ...

The VHS and DVD versions of Prince's New Year's Eve concert, "Rave Un2 the Year 2000," will be released Oct. 31, according to the artist's official Web site. The concert, originally filmed at Prince's Paisley Park for pay-per-view showing Dec. 31, includes appearances by Lenny Kravitz and George Clinton. ...

The soundtrack to the stage play "His Woman, His Wife" will feature tracks by Destiny's Child's Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland, R&B/gospel singer Dave Hollister and gospel artists Hezekiah Walker and 1NC featuring Kirk Franklin. The album is set for release Sept. 19, while the play resumes touring in October, according to a label spokesperson. ...

With TLC on hiatus, member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes is turning her attention to her new record label, Wish Records. The label is part of Lopes' Left Eye Productions company, and no projects have been announced, according to MTV News Online. ...

Wild-haired singer Kelis has agreed to lay down vocal tracks for a remix of Moby's song "Honey," and the dance music star already has an idea for a collaborative video. "It would be her wearing a fake bald wig," the chrome-domed artist told MTV News Online, "and me wearing a Kelis wig, so she would pretend to be the musician in the background with the keyboard and the electronics." ...

Former Dru Hill member Woody will release his GospoCentric Records debut, Soul Music, on Oct. 31, a label spokesperson said. The album will feature guest appearances by Mary Mary and Woody's old group, which features multiplatinum solo artist Sisqó. ...

After teaming with comic book legend Stan Lee to create a cartoon that opens her set on her current tour, Mary J. Blige has announced plans to spin off the animated short into an Internet-based series, according to MTV News Online. In the clip, a highly stylized Blige battles criminals and miscreants around an inner-city neighborhood and demonstrates several superpowers, including the ability to fly. ...

The Rev. James Cleveland's GMWA Mass Choir is scheduled to record its third album for Atlanta's MCG Records in mid-August, an MCG spokesperson said. This will be the choir's third release on MCG. As with last year's recording, the label will release a video and an album of the sessions. ...

D'Angelo will donate part of the proceeds of his Aug. 4 performance with Lucy Pearl at Los Angeles' Greek Theater to the Magic Johnson Foundation, according to D'Angelo's publicist. The funds will benefit Johnson's "A Midsummer Night's Magic" event, which is raising money to help send inner-city students to college. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report