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British vocalist Seal returns this week with "Seal IV," his first Warner Bros. album in five years. The set's first single, "Waiting for You," debuted at No. 16 on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks chart and is No. 39 in its second week on Billboard's Adult Top 40 tally.
Produced by longtime collaborator Trevor Horn, "Seal IV" is the follow-up to 1998's "Human Being," which debuted at No. 22 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 489,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Seal has kept a low profile since then, resurfacing in 2000 with a new song, "This Could Be Heaven," on "The Family Man" soundtrack. That cut reached No. 23 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
"I wrote and recorded a whole other album," Seal says. "But when it was all said and done, it just wasn't good enough. It took a while to accept that fact, and a while longer to regain my perspective. But I don't think I could have done this album without going through that experience. It allowed me to begin again, to rediscover what I love about music and how to best express that love."
Seal will appear Sept. 11 on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman," the following day on NBC's "Today" and Sept. 15 on the syndicated "Live With Regis and Kelly."