Natasha Bedingfield joins New Kids

Will be opening act for reunion tour

NEW YORK -- Natasha Bedingfield has been drafted as the opening act for most of New Kids on the Block's upcoming reunion tour. The trek begins Sept. 18-19 in Toronto and runs through Nov. 26 in Los Angeles.

Bedingfield is enjoying a top 10 Hot 100 hit with "Pocketful of Sunshine," also the title track of her latest Epic album. The song is No. 9 in its 17th week, while the album is No. 45 on The Billboard 200 in its 20th. It has sold 275,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The artist is currently on the Verizon VIP Tour, performing with Kate Voegele and the Veronicas, through July 10 in San Francisco.