U.K. pop vocalist Natasha Bedingfield will return in August with her second Epic album, "N.B." The set, which is due next week internationally, is led by first single "I Wanna Have Your Babies." That

U.K. pop vocalist Natasha Bedingfield will return in August with her second Epic album, "N.B." The set, which is due next week internationally, is led by first single "I Wanna Have Your Babies." That cut debuted yesterday (April 8) at No. 25 on the U.K. singles chart.

Among the contributors to the new album are producer Mike Elizondo, Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine (on "Say It Again"), rapper Eve (on "No More What Ifs") songwriter Danielle Brisebois ("When You Know, You Know") and producers such as Nate "Danja" Hills ("Not Giving Up").

"A lot of what I wrote about on this album is relationships," Bedingfield tells Billboard.com. "Having gone away from home for a year-and-a-half and been independent and on the road, I really just value relationships. That gave me a lot of ammo to write with."

The artist describes "Soulmate," which was written and demoed in a single afternoon, as "probably the most universal song on the album. I tried later to re-record it and sing it again, but nothing was as good as that first day."

Another cut, "Smell the Roses," dates back to sessions for Bedingfield's 2004 smash debut, "Unwritten." She says, "We quit writing it halfway through, because we wanted to write something more upbeat. Two or three years later, we were listening to some stuff, and we realized, this is a gem that we just forgot about."

Bedingfield will hit the road for an extensive tour beginning in September. "I've done so much gigging in the past couple of years," she says. "That has really added a live feel to my music. I've got a lot more live instruments and my voice has changed a bit."

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