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Natasha Bedingfield Biography

Natasha Bedingfield Makes a Splash in the US

 

British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield was born November 26, 1981, in Sussex to her New Zealander parents. She was raised in Lewisham with siblings, older brother Daniel, younger sister Nikola, and younger brother Joshua.

 

Bedingfield’s parents always encouraged their children’s creative expression by exposing them to a variety of musical styles and artists. Natasha began to write songs at an early age, and even formed a Christian band with her siblings when she was a teenager.

 

Bedingfield wavered between psychology and the art college at university. She left school after a year to get into the studio, realizing her songwriting and singing was the direction she should ultimately follow.

 

Natasha worked for several years to develop her own unique style and voice before taking it to a record company.

 

While Natasha was in the studio, her brother Daniel broke out on his own to become a pop star. Natasha used his example, and later his industry contacts, to direct her own career efforts.

 

She took her demos to Phonogenic once she was ready to break into the industry. Natasha impressed the record label with her original material and her personality and was signed almost immediately. She would spend the next six months in Los Angeles to do more writing and then record her material with help from industry insiders.

 

Natasha signed her first record deal in 2003 and began work on her debut album, Unwritten.

 

Single was her debut single and was released May 3, 2004. The song peaked at #3 and spent 10 weeks inside the UK Top 75. The second single, These Words became a hit and went straight to #1 on the charts in the UK.

 

Following the success of he singles, her debut album, Unwritten, was released on September 6, 2004 and debuted at #1. Unwritten has sold over 900,000 copies in the UK, and has been certified 3x Platinum.

 

November 29, 2004 saw the release of Bedingfield’s third single, Unwritten. It peaked at #6. Her fourth single, I Bruise Easily was released 5 months later and would peak at #12.

 

At the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards, Natasha was nominated for Best UK & Ireland act.

 

In May of 2005, Bedingfield would jump the pond with Epic Records and released These Words to US radio stations as her debut US single.

 

The song peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, with help from excessive video play on VH1 and MTV, much lower than its performance in any other country.

 

On July 26, 2005, the Unwritten album was released in the US. The album debuted and peaked at #26, selling 30,000 copies in its first week. Sales were sluggish, and Unwritten was released as the second US single in November of 2005. The song reached its peak at #5 -- 21 weeks after its release, due again to excessive airplay, downloads, and video play. It became one of the most successful songs of 2006, by selling over 1,000,000 digital downloads.

 

MTV's reality show, The Hills, snagged Unwritten as its theme song.

 

The third single released in the US was Single, debuting at #72 on the Hot 100. Single peaked at #57, and became her lowest charting single in the US.

 

If a fourth single is released, I Bruise Easily is slated to fill the spot.

 

To date the Unwritten album has sold over 600,000 copies in the US and has been certified Gold. Her song, The One That Got Away, was released to radio and became a hit on the US Dance Charts, peaking at #1 on the US Dance Club Play chart, and #4 on the US Hot Dance Airplay chart.

 

She has recorded the title song to Rocky Balboa, Still Here, written by Diane Warren.

 

The reported title of her sophomore album is Blank Canvas. With a U.K. release date of January 2007, the first confirmed single is I Want To Have Your Babies. The album will follow shortly. Blank Canvas is expected to have an early to mid-2007 release in the U.S.

 

Matilda Ege

August 2006

 

 

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