Norah Jones 11 Songs Into Next Album

Grammy-winning vocalist Norah Jones has recorded 11 songs for her next Blue Note album and hopes to release it in 2004. "When we were making it we were like, `Wow, this is a way different record! This

As dreamlike as Norah Jones' past year has been, the Grammy-winning singer is ready to snap out of it. "I'm kind of anxious to do [another album] because I wanted to move on so badly," says Jones, who starts her summer tour tomorrow (June 6) in Ft. Myers, Fla. "Even if it's a big flop, I just want to go to the next stage, because some of [the current album] was recorded so long ago, I just got so sick of it."

Jones seems to be in the minority with those sentiments. "Come Away With Me," which became a surprise sensation last year, has refused to die. The Blue Note disc has hovered at or near the top of The Billboard 200 for months since her Grammy wins in February. It has now sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

But Jones acknowledges she's more comfortable singing to a few dozen in a nightclub; that's how she's been spending her time recently, warbling country tunes with a couple of friends in a tiny New York bar. "There were only 50 people there, and if we had sucked, then nobody would have cared," Jones says.

The artist says she has recorded 11 songs for her next album and hopes to release it next year. She describes the music as more up-tempo and funky -- but still very much Norah Jones.

"When we were making it we were like, `Wow, this is a way different record! This is like a funky record!' And then we listened to it again, and we're like, wow it's still a snoozer," she says, laughing. "I'm just a mellow chick. I can't help it."


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