After topping the Billboard 200 with her sophomore album, 'Breakthrough,' Colbie Caillat is set to return in the spring with her third full-length, 'All Of You.' The 14-song set will be released May 3 on Universal Republic.
Caillait tells Billboard.com that the forthcoming album is a natural progression from her 2007 'Coco' debut and 2009's 'Breakthrough,' which yielded the hit singles 'Bubbly' and 'Fallin' For You,' respectively, and have sold a combined 2.7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
'I still incorporate all the styles that I love that were on 'Breakthrough' and 'Coco,' but it's a new chapter,' says the California native. 'I've experienced more and I've written with new songwriters who are really talented, but it's still my same music and feel and sound. The songs are more up-tempo on this record, and it's like a full-on summer album.'
The 25-year-old began recording 'All Of You' last summer in California and finished up the album between tour dates last fall. The breezy first single, 'I Do,' debuted at No. 23 on the Hot 100 in February and has since sold 154,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, Caillat is excited to unveil the new track 'Favorite Song,' a guitar-driven pop collaboration with Common in which Caillat croons between the rapper's slick verses.
'I've loved Common's music for years,' Caillat says of the unlikely pairing, which was put into motion when the two artists met each other at an event for the Grammys in 2009. 'He ended up singing his song 'The Light,' and he needed a girl singer [for the chorus] and I was like, 'I know it!' Afterward he was like, 'I love your song and I love your voice.' It took about a year for us to get something together, but it worked out better than we could have imagined.'
Caillat penned two album tracks with pop songwriter Ryan Tedder (Beyonce, Leona Lewis), while Toby Gad, Jason Reeves and Rick Nowels all have writing credits on 'All Of You.' Meanwhile, Caillat's boyfriend, musician Justin Young, wrote three songs on the album with the singer, an experience she calls 'so much fun. I've never been interested in musicians before, and now having a boyfriend that plays amazing guitar and piano and has a beautiful voice… it's cheesy but it's awesome, because we write these songs about our relationship and it brought us closer together.'
As the release of 'All of You' approaches, Caillat is finalizing a month-long U.S. trek around the date in which she will play stripped-down versions of the new tracks. The singer also hopes to 'jump on a big summer tour' after that short run.