Natasha Bedingfield 'Strips' Away Gimmicks on New Album, Gets Cheeky in Exclusive Interview
At Billboard's Film & TV Music Conference on Oct. 27, Natasha Bedingfield showed her professional side, discussing her immense musical success in TV and film placements (theme song to "The Hills," hello). In our exclusive video interview with the British songstress during the conference, however, she revealed her cheeky side.
Bedingfield covers the basics -- her upcoming album "Strip Me" and what music she's been listening to -- but she also proves that she doesn't take herself too seriously. Speaking with Billboard's Editorial Director Bill Werde (@bwerde on Twitter), the "Unwritten" singer reveals her unconventional approach to the creative process.
"When I'm songwriting, it's like we all get tourettes," says Bedingfield, referring to her band's penchant for throwing around expletives.
Video: Natasha Bedingfield Talks Songwriting, "Strip Me"
Fans would never expect Bedingfield's foul-mouthed sessions, given her ability to for write emotionally-stirring ballads and radio-ready dance-pop anthems. On "Strip Me," out Dec. 7 on Epic, she delivers more soul-baring, sing-along-ready material.
"It's called 'Strip Me' because it's just about getting back to the basics -- stripping away all the veneers and gimmicks we usually see in pop music," Bedingfield tells Billboard.com.
On the album's powerful lead single, also titled "Strip Me," Natasha proclaims, "I don't need a microphone to say what I've been thinking." True -- a video camera makes the point so much more clearly.
The song's video, which premiered Nov. 3, shows Bedingfield going through multiple costume changes before the singer rolls around in the mud and paint. It's efficient for getting her point across -- she is who she is, appearances and pretenses aside.
Video: Natasha Bedingfield, "Strip Me"