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  • Jordin Sparks returns to music with a new song and upcoming album.

    Jordin Sparks returns to music with a new song and upcoming album.

    Jordin Sparks, who has largely lived up to her “American Idol” billing, has released her first new song, “Skipping a Beat,’ in four years. She’s set to refocus on music after her solid outing in the 2012 film “Sparkle” with the late Whitney Houston.

    The track has an easy listening R&B vibe as she sings about true love, presumably inspired by boyfriend and singer Jason Derulo.

    The singer released her sophomore album, Battlefield” in 2009. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2007 after she won the sixth season of “American Idol.” She was 17 at the time and is still the youngest contestant to ever win the show, which is now heading into its 13th season.

    Her debut album sold more than 2 million copies. Battlefield didn’t fare quite so well selling just over 600,000 copies amid criticism that Sparks had abandoned her urban sound for pop. But “Skipping a Beat” is pure R&B.

    The 23-year-old sings “You’re my lover, you’re my friend, you’re my gangsta.”

    Her upcoming album will include a duet with Derulo, who will release a new album Tattoos on Sept. 24. Her last single, “I Am Woman,” was released in 2011. But whether it will appear on her upcoming album remains to be seen.

    Check out Jordin’s song below and be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest music updates.