Bedingfield's album headed for U.S.


NEW YORK -- Out since April internationally, Natasha Bedingfield's second album, "N.B.," will be released Dec. 18 in the U.S. via Epic. A new song not on the earlier edition, "Love Like This" featuring labelmate Sean Kingston, is heading to radio shortly.

Overseas, the first two singles from "N.B." have already achieved robust success: The album launched with "I Wanna Have Your Babies," which reached No. 7 on the U.K. singles chart, followed by "Soulmate," which went to No. 6 on the U.K. airplay chart.

Bedingfield's first project was also a slow starter in the U.S., but the single "Unwritten" eventually wrapped up 2006 in the year-end top five on Billboard's AC, adult top 40 and Hot Digital Songs charts.

"When I first came here, after already having a No. 1 album in the U.K., I was performing at radio stations and singing for crowds of 20 winners eating pizza. I could never be sure if they were more interested in the pizza or me," she told Billboard in August. "But even though I had to prove myself all over again, in America, people respect your dream as long as you believe in yourself."