Natasha strips down for new album

Detroit: Natasha Bedingfield promises that the title of her new album, "Strip Me," does not refer to wardrobe malfunctions or any kind of prurient desires.

"The album`s called `Strip Me` because it`s all about stripping it down to who we are as humans," she told "We`re united about our needs, our desires and our pain, all the different things we go through together."

"Strip Me," which comes out December 7, also refers to her sonic ambitions for the 14-track set.

"When I sing and perform live, I strip it back so often. Many times it`s just me and a guitar or me on piano and keyboards," she said. "I felt like I really wanted to represent a bit of that on the album. I feel like creatively it`s my most cohesive work. It really feels like all the songs belong together."

The songs from "Strip Me" aren`t the only way for fans to hear Bedingfield these days, however. She also shows up in the worlds of country and hip-hop, guesting on "Easy" from Rascal Flatts` new album "Nothing Like This" and on "Last Chance" from Nicki Minaj`s debut, "Pink Friday."

She`s also planning to tour in 2011, but no dates have been set yet. "I know it`s all being mapped out now," she said.

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