Alumni from Tony Toni Tone, En Vogue and A Tribe Called Quest have pooled their resources to form Lucy Pearl, an R&B/hip-hop trio that will release its debut album in March. The supergroup was founded by producer-songwriter-singer Raphael Saadiq, formerly of Tony Toni Tone, who teamed up with singer Dawn Robinson (En Vogue) and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Tribe). Saadiq has said that the new group's influences include Blondie, Chic and Sly & the Family Stone . . .
The London club Ministry of Sound has created a dance version of Britain's national anthem, "God Save the Queen." "We want to rescue the classic from a bunch of fuddy-duddies," said the club's creative director, Mark Rodol. "If the national anthem was to be changed and it was a choice between a classic version and a Ministry of Sound remix, we'd win every day," he said. Copies of the new trance track are being sent to Queen Elizabeth and her teenage grandsons, Princes William and Harry . . .
Mick Jagger and the Spice Girls have collaborated with Iggy Pop, Natalie Imbruglia, Annie Lennox and B.B. King to record a charity version of the Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock 'n Roll." The single will benefit the Children's Promise charity, which wants people to donate their final hour's salary of the millennium to children . . .
Spice Girl Melanie "Sporty" Chisholm has slammed Cliff Richard's No. 1 British single "The Millennium Prayer." "It's nothing new. It's put together very cheaply and it's ripping off the fans," she told the Sun newspaper. Last week singer George Michael labeled the fundamentalist Christian's surprise chart-topper as "vile." Nevertheless, Richard, 59, ruled the pop charts for a third week with his version of the Lord's Prayer, set to the music of "Auld Lang Syne" . . .
Singer Peggy Lee, 79, is suing Decca Records, claiming that the company shortchanged her by wrongfully withholding a portion of her recording royalties. She is seeking at least $200,000. Lee is best known for the hit song "Fever," remade by numerous artists, including Madonna. She won a Grammy in 1969 for the song "Is That All There Is?"