Singer/songwriter Jewel (full name: Jewel Kilcher) was injured yesterday (April 24) when she was thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray. Due to her injuries and

Singer/songwriter Jewel (full name: Jewel Kilcher) was injured yesterday (April 24) when she was thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray. Due to her injuries and an expected month or more of recovery time, the artist may be forced to cancel a planned European promotional tour.

The 27-year-old artist was vacationing at her boyfriend's ranch, about 90 miles southwest of Dallas, when she was thrown from the colt. She broke her collarbone, her first rib, and suffered bumps and bruises, Atlantic Records co-president Ron Shapiro said. "They've confirmed to me that nothing was life-threatening," Shapiro said. "But she is badly hurt."

An ambulance was not called, he said. Instead, Murray -- a seven-time winner of rodeo's all-around world title -- drove the injured singer to his orthopedic surgeon for treatment. She will not be hospitalized, but will need to wear a collar and a sling for at least four weeks, said Shapiro.

"Early word from the doctor is that Jewel will be unable to travel for the next two weeks," reads a note posted on her official Web site, "and that it will be several days before the status of her promotional and concert commitments beyond this initial period can be determined."

Jewel has plans to embark on a European promotional tour for her latest Atlantic release, "This Way." Although that 17-date trek, due to start May 10 in Cortemaggiore, Italy, is in doubt, a U.S. tour due to begin June 14 in Tampa, Fla., is still likely to go off as planned. It is probable she will pull out of Saturday's "Fan Nation" event in Irvine, Calif.

Shapiro said he wasn't sure what caused the accident, but said the singer was an experienced horse rider. "I think it was a freak accident. She does ride horses very frequently," he said.

Released last December, "This Way" debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart and No. 9 on The Billboard 200. The album's lead single, "Standing Still," reached nine of Billboard's charts, peaking at No. 3 on the Adult Top 40 chart, No. 19 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and No. 25 on the Hot 100.


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