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Jamie Cullum Begins Work on New Album

And you thought Jamie Cullum was bending genres on his last album. Jazz-pop darling Cullum, whose Verve debut Twentysomething has sold more than two million copies, is working on material for his follow-up album, to be released this summer by Verve Music Group. But Cullum said in an interview to not expect the mix of standards and originals found on his previous album.

“I’m working with a few different architects of sound,” Cullum said in Billboard. “I’ve been hanging out with [hip-hop producer] Dan the Automator, I’ll be hanging out with [rap and pop producers] the Neptunes. I’ve been writing a lot with my brother. I’ve been at home behind my computer making sounds and behind the piano and just cooking a lot and just generally feeding my imagination for the new record.”

He said his new album will be a “progression” from his last, but there will be a close link to Twentysomething. “To be honest, we have so much material, I don’t know what it’s going to sound like,” Cullum said in Billboard.

Cullum first worked with Dan the Automator (of Gorillaz and Handsome Boy Modeling School fame) last fall when he was a guest performer on Handsome Boy’s new Atlantic album, White People.

While Cullum works on new material, he will also be performing at a couple festivals: Jazz Fest in New Orleans on April 29 and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. the following day.

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