Some of pop’s biggest names have signed on to help raise awareness about teen pregnancy, one of the more serious issues facing their fans.
Destiny’s Child, ’NSYNC, 98° and Macy Gray are all set to perform in New York at the June 5 launch of the Candie’s Foundation, which aims to lower the rate of pregnancy among U.S. teenagers by raising awareness about its consequences.
The Candie’s Foundation hopes to bring in $500,000 for the benefit, which will take place at Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom.
All of the artists scheduled to perform at the June 5 event have also signed on to do a set of teen pregnancy-focused public service ads, which will run in magazines such as Teen People, YM, Cosmogirl and Honey beginning in August.
“Despite recent declines, the United States still has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world,” Sarah Brown, of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, said in a statement announcing the event. “Four out of 10 girls get pregnant at least once by age 20.”
Soon after the event, Destiny’s Child will hop on the “TRL” tour bus for 42 concerts in July, August and September (see “Destiny’s Child Hitting Road With Nelly, Eve, Dream” ).