Natasha Bedingfield's last album, Strip Me, came out in December 2010. It was a strong collection of songs that were relatable and honest, but despite well-chosen singles ("Touch," "Strip Me"), the album failed to catch on the way her first two albums had. Natasha was ready to work on her next record only a year later. She started working on her 4th studio album in spring 2012, and frequently shared updates over the years.
The album was said to be "almost done" in early 2013, but Natasha continued working on it for the rest of the year. In 2014 it looked like it was closer to release: Natasha updated her official site and social channels with a picture of her with the title "The Next Chapter" over the top. She said in interviews that the album was nearly ready. But then, just like the previous year, Natasha continued to write and record.
2014 did offer us a couple of new songs: "Who I Am" was released as part of a movie soundtrack in the spring, and in fall Natasha debuted "Love Song To The Earth" live. She ended the year with promises of a new charity single; "Hope" was released in January 2015. In 2016, Natasha shared a collaboration with Basto called "Unicorn."
In 2017, Natasha released four new singles! In spring we got "Let Go" (used for Nestea commercials), "More Of Me" (featured in the Disney show, Tangled: The Series), and "Love Looks Like" (a collaboration with Art House). That fall, Natasha announced she and her husband are expecting their first child. She revealed the baby's gender in her music video for "Hey Boy." The song was included in the Served Like A Girl compilation. On December 31st, Natasha gave birth to her son.
In February 2018, Natasha hinted that she was ready to get back into the studio. She officially began writing and recording in April, alongside songwriter Linda Perry. They've been in the studio since, through June 2018 so far. In March, Natasha shared a lengthy clip of her unreleased song, "Me Around You." In June, she shared another, much shorter clip of a brand new song.
It's promising that we've gotten four new songs from Natasha in the last year. Hopefully that's a sign of more to come in 2018 There's no official word on when Natasha's new album will finally be released, or if it is indeed called The Next Chapter. Natasha's 4th studio album has been long in the waiting, but 2018 may just be the year that it reaches the fans' ears for once and for all.