Jordin Sparks admits that she gets at least a hundred Twitter questions about the release of her in-the-works third album every day. But the former "American Idol" champ tells Billboard.com that she's taking her time on the follow-up to 2009's "Battlefield," which she previewed by releasing a new single, "I Am Woman," last spring.
"I'm still working on it and I don't really want to rush because I want it to be right," says the 21-year-old singer, who recorded a few tracks with John Legend earlier this year and has worked with production duo the Underdogs on the new disc. "['I Am Woman'] was definitely something to give my fans different to chew on, something a little bit edgier with more attitude… I want the music that I put out -- and especially after putting out 'I Am Woman' -- to make sense and be cohesive."
In the meantime, Sparks has been serving as an ambassador for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, which partnered with Energizer to present a special concert by Sparks in New York's Times Square on Thursday morning (July 28). The singer performed her hits "No Air" and "Battlefield," and says that she's happy to be a part of the campaign, which promotes music education in public schools.
Sparks also says that she's been busy "trying to hone the other side of my artistry" by recently auditioning for a few feature film roles. And after performing voice-over work for Nick Jr. and appearing on "Big Time Rush," Sparks hopes to expand her acting resume on the small screen as well.
"I wouldn't mind guest-starring on a law show or something. I love all the criminal shows, 'CSI,' 'Law & Order,' and 'House' as well, all the medical shows," says Sparks. "Hopefully I'll have some time to go to an acting coach and really try and perfect that."