Seal will utilize a short May U.S. tour to preview material he is currently recording with producer Bill Bottrell for his first new album since 2003's "Seal IV."

Seal will utilize a short May U.S. tour to preview material he is currently recording with producer Bill Bottrell for his first new album since 2003's "Seal IV." The trek begins May 15 in Westbury, N.Y., and concludes May 30 in Dallas. European dates will follow in June and July.

The artist is keeping fans apprised of his studio progress on a blog on his official Web site.

"The new record is really shaping up and is turning out to be much of a dance record," he wrote in February. "This is something that I've always wanted to do seeing as most will say that dance is my background. Over the years I've somehow become more known for my ballads which I also love doing but dance music has always been close to my heart. Make no mistake, there will also be a killer ballad or three on this record but at this point in my life I really want to make something that is more dance directed."

Among the songs expected to make the cut are "Swoosh," "Silent," "Wedding Day," "When You Run," "I've Been Almost Everywhere" and "You and Me."

"I am having a really good time making this record," Seal wrote. "There is an excitement in the studio a bit like the first record I made only this time with a lot more peacefulness."

Here are Seal's U.S. tour dates:

May 15-16: Westbury, N.Y. (North Fork Theatre)
May 18: Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata)
May 19: Columbia, Md. (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
May 21: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
May 23: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live)
May 24: Miami (Jackie Gleason Theatre)
May 26: Tampa, Fla. (Morsani Hall)
May 27: Atlanta (Chastain Park)
May 29: Houston (Verizon Wireless Theatre)
May 30: Dallas (Nokia Theatre)

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