Former Police frontman Sting will launch a brief U.S. tour in October to promote his upcoming studio album, tentatively titled The Lovers, according to his official fan-club website (www.stingchronicity.co.uk). The LP, which will be his seventh solo effort, is expected to be released around that time. The tour, which is currently slated to end with a New Year's Eve gig in New York, will begin Oct. 14 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. After two more shows at that venue, Sting will play eight dates in California and a single engagement in Arizona. His most recent album, Mercury Falling (1996), continued in the jazz-pop vein of its predecessors but was a commercial disappointment. In 1997, Sting collaborated with rapper Puff Daddy on "Roxanne '97," a remake of the 1979 Police hit "Roxanne."