Unwritten is the debut album released by pop singer Natasha Bedingfield. It was released in the UK on 6 September 2004, where it debuted at number one, and in the U.S. on 2 August 2005, where it debuted at number twenty-six. It spawned the singles, "Single", "These Words", "Unwritten", "I Bruise Easily" and "The One That Got Away" (which was only released in North America). The song "Drop Me in the Middle" featured rapper Bizarre of D12 on the international and UK versions of the album, but the U.S. version featured rapper/singer Estelle. In 2006, the album was re-released in North America with new album artwork and a slightly altered track listing.
The album was certified Gold in the U.S. by the RIAA on 9 March 2006 for shipment of 500,000 copies. Total sales for the album are 820,081 in the United States.
*Natasha Bedingfield - primary artist, vocals, background vocals
*Keith Andes - keyboards
*Dave Catlin-Birch - bass
*Guy Chambers - guitar, keyboards
*Justin Clayton - bass
*Larry Corbett - cello
*Keith Crouch - Hammond organ
*Paul Gordon - keyboards
*Nick Ingman - conductor
*Patrick Leonard - keyboards
*David Low - cello
*Tim Pierce - guitar
*Robbie Campos - guitar, keyboards
*Michele Richards - violin
*Josephina Vergara - violin
*Greg Wells - bass, guitar, piano, drums
*Joey Waronker - drums
*Danielle Brisebois - background vocals on "Unwritten"
*Jessica Collins - background vocals on "Unwritten" and "Drop Me In The Middle"
*Nikola Bedingfield - background vocals on "Unwritten" and "Drop Me In The Middle"
*Ryan Collins - background vocals on "Unwritten"
*J. Curtis - guitar
*Nick Lashley - guitar, keyboards
*Wayne Wilkins - piano, keyboards
*Chris Brown - bass
*Paul Herman - guitar
*Wayne Rodrigues - keyboards, turntables
*Andrew Frampton - guitar, keyboards
*Simon Hill - drums
*Andrew Duckles - viola
*Tony Hodson - guitar
*Paul Stanborough - guitar
*Eivan "Ricco" Bj - executive producer
*Steve Kipner - producer, vocal arrangements
*Guy Chambers - producer
*Joe Chiccarelli - engineer
*John Hill - producer
*Nick Ingman - string arrangements, string conductor
*Patrick Leonard - programming, producer
*Steve MacMillan - engineer
*Herb Powers - mastering
*Greg Wells - programming, producer
*Gavyn Wright - string conductor
*Danielle Brisebois - producer, vocal arrangements
*Suzie Katayama - string contractor
*Nick Lashley - producer, engineer
*David Channing - digital editing
*Michael Perfitt - engineer, digital editing
*Ryan Freeland - engineer
*James Cruz - mastering
*Wayne Wilkins - programming, producer, engineer, vocal arrangements, string arrangements
*Ian Cuttler - art direction
*Richard Flack - producer, engineer, drum programming
*Robbie Campos - vocal arrangements, string arrangements
*Wayne Rodrigues - producer, engineer, digital editing, vocal arrangements, drum programming, Pro-Tools
*Andrew Frampton - programming, producer, vocal arrangements, string arrangements
*Michelle Holme - art direction
*Kieron Menzies - engineer
*Chris Steffen - engineer
*Peter Wade Keusch - producer
*Lee Groves - mixing programmer
*Natasha Bedingfield - vocal arrangements, writer
*Michael Tafaro - producer, vocal arrangements
*Nathan Winkler - producer, vocal arrangements
Extended Copy Protection controversy
:For more information, see Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal
In November 2005, it was revealed that Sony BMG was distributing albums with Extended Copy Protection, a controversial feature that automatically installed rootkit software on any Microsoft Windows machine upon insertion of the disc. In addition to preventing the CD's contents from being copied, it was also revealed that the software reported the users' listening habits back to Sony and also exposed the computer to malicious attacks that exploited insecure features of the rootkit software. Though Sony initially refused to release a list of the affected CDs, the Electronic Frontier Foundation identified Unwritten as one of the discs with the invasive software. (9 November 2005) from Electronic Frontier Foundation
However, the DualDisc release does not contain such software.
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Natasha Anne Bedingfield (born 26 November 1981) is a British pop singer and songwriter.
Based in Book St., London, Bedingfield debuted in the 1990s as a member of the Christian dance/electronic group The DNA Algorithm with her siblings Daniel Bedingfield and Nikola Rachelle. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Bedingfield recorded rock and gospel songs for the Hillsong London Church, while Daniel went on to enjoy success with hits "Gotta Get Thru This" and "If You're Not the One".
Bedingfield released her first album, Unwritten, in 2004. The album contained primarily uptempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music;Johnny Loftus. . Allmusic. Retrieved 7 March 2007. it enjoyed international success with over 2.3 million copies sold worldwideStuart Clarke. . Music Week. 10 June 2006. Retrieved 11 March 2007. and she received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for the title track "Unwritten".. Grammy Awards. Retrieved 29 May 2007. Bedingfield's second album, N.B. (2007), was less successful but yielded the UK top 10 singles "I Wanna Have Your Babies" and "Soulmate". N.B. was not released in North America, but six tracks from it were included with seven new ones and released in 2008 as Pocketful of Sunshine, with the singles "Love Like This" and "Pocketful of Sunshine" earning success on the charts. In December 2010, Bedingfield released her third album in North America named Strip Me.
Bedingfield was born in Haywards Heath Registration District, Sussex (later moving to the Lewisham district of London) to New Zealand-born Molly and John Bedingfield who are both charity workers. She has three siblings; brothers Daniel and Joshua, and younger sister Nikola. Her interest in music was encouraged by her parents and she took guitar and piano lessons when she was younger.. EMI Music Publishing. Retrieved 8 March 2007. When Bedingfield was a teenager, she and her siblings, Daniel and Nikola, formed the dance/electronic group, The DNA Algorithm.. BMI. 22 February 2006. Retrieved 8 March 2007. The group provided Bedingfield with the opportunity to explore different musical genres and expand her songwriting abilities.Bill Lamb. . About.com. Retrieved 10 June 2007. She provided vocals for the group which primarily performed dance-pop music about religion, independence and empowerment, themes that would later be found in her own solo compositions. The DNA Algorithm performed at several Christian music festivals before disbanding.Liz Jones. . you.co.uk. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2007. At age 14, Natasha sang vocals on Origins Refined Intricacy (Steelyard Records).
Bedingfield attended a year at the University of Greenwich, where she studied psychology,John Harlow. . The Sunday Times. 26 March 2006. Retrieved 8 March 2007. then left to concentrate on singing and songwriting. At first she recorded demos in the garages of friends who had recording studios, which she presented to record companies.Simon Cage. . The Scotsman. 19 December 2004. Retrieved 11 March 2007. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Bedingfield composed and recorded songs for the Hillsong London Church. In 2004, her recordings appeared on the church's live album Shout God's Fame and the children's album Jesus Is My Superhero by Hillsong Music Australia.Tony Cummings. . Cross Rhythms. 12 November 2006. Retrieved 11 March 2007.
Natasha_june06.jpgthumbuprightBedingfield performing in 2006
Bedingfield signed a recording contract with BMG UK & Ireland, through its imprint Phonogenic Records, in 2003.. VH1. Retrieved 7 March 2007. Her first album Unwritten was released in September 2004 and features collaborations with Steve Kipner, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lachey, James Reilly, Andrew Frampton, Wayne Wilkins, Kara DioGuardi, Guy Chambers, Patrick Leonard and the rapper Bizarre. The album contained uptempo pop rock songs and influences from R&B music. Bedingfield's lyrics focused on independence, opportunism and female empowerment.. EMI Music Publishing. Retrieved 20 May 2007. Reviews of the album were generally positive and it was described as a "well-made pop album for the new millennium" by Allmusic. The album debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number one and reached the top thirty in the United States.. acharts.us. Retrieved 10 June 2007. It sold well, reaching multi-platinum status in the United Kingdom. The BPI. Retrieved 20 March 2007. and Gold status in the U.S.. The RIAA. Retrieved 20 March 2007. The first single released from the album was "Single", which reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.. musicsquare.net. Retrieved 11 June 2006. The song's lyrics, and its accompanying music video, depict Bedingfield's single lifestyle.Elle J. Small. . Blues and Soul Music Magazine. Issue 997. Retrieved 11 June 2006. "These Words" was released as the album's second single. The song became Bedingfield's first UK number one and U.S. top twenty single.. musicsquare.net. Retrieved 11 June 2006. "Unwritten" was released as the album's third single in 2004, the song reached number six on the UK Singles Chart and it also became the most played song on U.S. radio in 2006.. nielsenmedia.com. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2007. "I Bruise Easily" was released as the album's fourth single, it did not perform as well as its predecessors but was still a moderate success, reaching number twelve on the UK Singles Chart.
At the 2005 Brit Awards, Bedingfield was nominated for four awards, though did not win any of her nominated categories. She was also nominated for an award at the 2006 Brit Awards, and in 2007 she was nominated for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" at the 2007 Grammy Awards, though was again unsuccessful in winning in any of her nominated categories.. natasha-b.com. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
2007–08: N.B. and Pocketful of Sunshine
Bedingfield's second album N.B. was released in Europe in April 2007. In North America (the U.S. and Canada), the album was released under the title "Pocketful of Sunshine" in January 2008. The album received mixed reviews by critics and peaked at number nine in the UK. "I Wanna Have Your Babies", the album's lead single, was about finding the right man to father her children and was criticized by fans and critics alike.. Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 22 April 2007. The song was moderately successful, reaching number seven in the UK, number eight in Ireland and the top fifty in various other markets.. Music Square. Retrieved 22 April 2007. "Soulmate" was released as the album's second single on 2 July 2007 and also peaked at number seven in the UK.. natashabedingfield.com. 9 May 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2007. To promote N.B., Bedingfield embarked on the FutureSex/LoveShow tour in May 2007, supporting Justin Timberlake.. ITV News. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
The North American version of her second album featured six songs from N.B.. The album was released on 22 January 2008, after the lead single, "Love like This", was released in September 2007 and charted at #11 on the Billboard hot 100. The title track was released as the second single in February 2008. The single peaked at #5 on the Billboard hot 100. On 18 January 2008, Bedingfield's UK tour was cancelled for the second time, one month before it was supposed to start, so she could spend more time promoting her album in the U.S.. The Sun. Retrieved 26 January 2008. In August 2008, Bedingfield and other singers including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Melissa Etheridge, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, and Mariah Carey recorded the charity single, "Just Stand Up" produced by Babyface and L. A. Reid, to support "Stand Up to Cancer". On September 5, the singers performed it live on TV.
2009–present: Strip Me
Nobel_Peace_Price_Concert_2009_Natasha_Bedingfield1.jpgthumbleftuprightBedingfield at Nobel Peace Price Concert in 2009
Bedingfield stated on her blog that she would start work on her new album in early 2009.http She was confirmed to be writing for the new album while on holiday in New Zealand; she said "I'm here for a couple of weeks to do a bit of writing. It is such an inspiring place to write music. I love coming here as often as I can, usually once a year to fuel up on ideas for my next album".http
She also confirmed she was working with Brian Kennedy, who produced/co wrote Rihanna's hit single "Disturbia" and was writing songs with him while on tourhttphttp with a view to having the album released by the end of 2009.http Bedingfield also stated that Wyclef Jean, Sam Sparro and Mike Elizondo would be working on the record.http
Bedingfield confirmed that the album would be ready for fall 2010.
In an interview with IN:DEMAND Producer, Ryan Tedder said "I'm gonna try and bring Natasha Bedingfield back here in the UK with some quirky, kinda weird stuff".http On 18 March Natasha stated on her official site that she was in L.A. and she was putting the finishing touches on her album.http "Touch", the lead single from the album, was made available as a digital download May 18, 2010. Bedingfield performed the song on the The Ellen Degeneres Show on 24 May 2010. "Touch" was officially sent to U.S. radio stations on 29 June 2010.httphttp On July 15 Bedingfield announced via Twitter that the title of her new album would be Strip Me. The album was originally scheduled for release on November 9, 2010, but was released on December 7.http The second single, also titled "Strip Me", was sent to U.S. radio on August 30, 2010 and was became available as a digital download on September 21, 2010. It was written by Bedingfield, Ryan Tedder and Wayne Wilkins.http Bedingfield appeared on rapper Nicki Minaj's debut album Pink Friday on a track called "Last Chance", and on Rascal Flatts' new album Nothing Like This on a track called "Easy". On December 31, 2010/January 1, 2011, Natasha appeared on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
In 2010, Natasha joined forces with Avon as a celebrity judge for Avon Voices http , Avon’s first ever global, online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women.
Bedingfield is a philanthropist who has donated time and money to organizations such as the Global Angels, an international children's charity founded by her mother, Molly Bedingfield.. Sony BMG UK. 5 April 2006. Retrieved 13 March 2007. She became associated with the organization in 2006 because of her celebrity status, which she could use to help "people around the world, particularly children, who live in conditions that would horrify us".. Global Angels. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
Bedingfield is now an ambassador for Global Angels and in November 2006 she visited India for three weeks in support of the charity. She visited an orphanage in Kolkata and a refugee camp for former child prostitutes in Mumbai to learn more about the situation and the conditions in these areas. Bedingfield later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed. Video diaries filmed during her trip were posted on her official website in early 2007.. Sony BMG Australia. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2007. She is also an advocate for Stop the Traffik, a global coalition which works to end human trafficking and a member of the (RED) campaign. In a 2008 rockumentary, Call+Response, headed by Justin Dillon, Bedingfield performed acoustic versions of "Unwritten" and "Soulmate" in support of the film's cause: a movement against current slavery and human trafficking.http
In 2004, Bedingfield showed interest in acting and made her debut in the James Bond video game From Russia with Love in November 2005. She lent her voice to the character Elizabeth Stark, the British Prime Minister's daughter who is kidnapped in the opening sequence.Patrick Garratt. . Eurogamer. 8 November 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2007. Bedingfield commented that she would like to do more acting, but only if the film "was good enough, and it was a role that fit me." Bedingfield is not set to appear in any forthcoming films in the near future.
She has made an appearance in the seventh season finale of the hit Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. CTV.ca Bedingfield also guest starred on Nickelodeon's mockumentary series The Naked Brothers Bands Christmas Special, alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Leon Thomas III. She has made guest appearances on the NBC series Lipstick Jungle.http More recently, she guest starred on Nickelodeon's True Jackson, VP in November 2009. She sang the song "These Words".
In 2006, the media incorrectly reported that Bedingfield was dating Nick Lachey and Maroon 5 lead singer, Adam Levine.
Referring to the media reports, Bedingfield commented that "Adam is lovely but I didn't date him or Nick. As soon as you talk to a famous guy, you're immediately linked with him.". Cosmopolitan UK. February 2007. Bedingfield is married to Matt Robinson,http a businessman from Tennessee. The couple wed in Malibu on 21 March 2009.
She lists Audrey Hepburn, Debbie Harry and Brigitte Bardot as her "celebrity style icons".Allure magazine, January 2008 issue, page 112.
* Unwritten (2004)
* N.B. (2007)
* Pocketful of Sunshine (2008)
* Strip Me (2010)
Awards and nominations
Bedingfield's debut album Unwritten contains primarily uptempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music. It enjoyed international success with over three million copies sold worldwide. In 2007, she received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for the song "Unwritten", the third single from the album of the same name. Bedingfield's second album N.B. yielded the singles "Soulmate"; "Say It Again"; and "I Wanna Have Your Babies", written and produced by Natasha Bedingfield, Wayne Wilkins, Andrew Frampton, and Steve Kipner. Bedingfield has received four nominations from the BRIT Awards but has won none. As of July 2008, she has won five awards from eleven nominations.
The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. Bedingfield has received four nominations.
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