Billboard Bits: Cole/Price, Lyricist Lounge, Wainwright

Billboard Bits: Natalie Cole and Kelly Price at the Avon Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer concert and awards, Lyricist Lounge tour postponed, and Rufus Wainwright schedules a handful of shows.

Natalie ColeNatalie Cole -- who will release her debut Verve album, "Ask a Woman Who Knows," tomorrow (Sept. 17) -- has been tapped as the headline performer for this year's Avon Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer concert and awards. Set for Sept. 23 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the event will also feature a special performance by Kelly Price.

The Avon Foundation event will recognize five individuals or organizations for their achievement in the fight against breast cancer in the categories of medical advancement, public policy, media leadership, community advocate, and Avon representative/crusader. For more information visit the foundation's official Web site.

General admission tickets to the concert and awards presentation are available via the Lincoln Center Web site or by calling the box office venue's Center Charge number at 212-721-6500.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Keith MurrayThe 2002 Lyricist Lounge tour has been postponed until next month "due to a pressing recording commitment of one of the artists," according to a statement from organizers. As previously reported, the Crown Royal-sponsored tour was set to featuring Redman, Keith Murray, Erick Sermon, Onyx, Skillz, Poverty, and Wordsworth. It is expected that all of the artists will be on board for the rescheduled run.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Rufus WainwrightRufus Wainwright will hit the road for a handful of Northeast U.S. tour dates prior to heading into the studio to record his third DreamWorks album. The singer/songwriter is scheduled to play shows in Somerville, Mass. (Oct. 12), Northampton, Mass. (Oct. 14), New Haven, Conn. (Oct. 15), and Geneseo, N.Y. (Oct. 17).

Fans can expect Wainwright to perform a few of his new songs, according to the label. The follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2001 album "Poses" is due sometime in 2003.

"Poses" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 117 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 137,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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