Jewel's Got The Beat On New Album

Singer/songwriter Jewel is delving into dance music and jazz on her as-yet-untitled next album, due June 3 from Atlantic. The first evidence of this new sound is the single "Intuition," which will be

Singer/songwriter Jewel is delving into dance music and jazz on her as-yet-untitled next album, due June 3 from Atlantic. The first evidence of this new sound is the single "Intuition," which will be shipped next week to U.S. radio outlets. The cut was co-written and produced by Lester Mendez, best known for his work with Enrique Iglesias and Shakira.

Last November, Jewel got her first taste of dance music success when remixes of her song "Serve the Ego" improbably reached No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play chart. "I loved hip-hop and rap when I was first exposed to it in the '80s," the artist said in a statement. "I loved the beats, and I loved the artists who had the ability to be very lyrical with those beats. I also like the hypnotic nature of dance music; there is something very primordial about it."

She continued, "The tone of some of the new songs also leans towards jazz. So you are going to hear my love of all these types of music on the new album, and I tried to combine them in a way that makes sense. You have folk melodies against hip-hop beats against a French accordion against hand-clapping and whistling solos. But it still really sounds like me."

Posting earlier this week on her official Web site, Jewel wrote, "I was worried at first, [because] all our demos were done on computers, so they all sounded too electronic, but now that we have live drums, live bass and acoustic guitars, and yes, even a whistling solo (performed by yours truly), it sounds much more organic, while still maintaining its fruity bouquet."

The new album is the follow-up to 2001's "This Way," which debuted at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.49 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Jewel is expected to undertake an extensive tour later this year.