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Natasha Bedingfield

'Written' Again

NatashaWhen Natasha Bedingfield says she is ready for her U.S. close-up, she is not kidding. After selling 1.5 million copies of her 2004 debut album, "Unwritten," internationally, according to Sony BMG, she has her eyes set firmly on America. The set arrives this week via Epic.

Singer/songwriter Bedingfield is already making waves with the disc's lead single. The hip-hop-flavored "These Words," which reached No. 1 in 12 countries, is a top 20 hit on the Mainstream Top 40 chart and continues to ascend the Pop 100, Pop 100 Airplay and the Billboard Hot 100.

"Too many artists mimic things that are already good," she says. "Why mimic Madonna when there's already a Madonna?"

For its U.S. debut, "Unwritten" has been slightly altered. "Stumble" and "The One That Got Away" replace "I'm a Bomb and "Frogs and Princes," while "These Words" and the title track were remixed. Additionally, "Drop Me in the Middle" features British female rapper Estelle instead of D12's Bizarre, who was featured on the international version.