By Leah Greenblatt
Updated June 09, 2009 at 07:54 PM EDT

She dazzled us back in 2005 with “1 Thing” (not so much on the big screen’s First Daughter, but let’s just blame Joey Potter for that, shall we?), and made a smaller but no less devout audience (including much of Europe and our own Michael Slezak) very happy with 2007’s “Take Control.”

Now, after struggling to release her last record, Because I Love It, and losing her Columbia record deal, R&B baby-diva Amerie has bounced back with a new contract at Island Def Jam, and a new album, In Love and War, due this August.

Check the official video for first single “Why R U,” which debuted last night on BET’s 106 & Park, and tell us if this is the ‘Rie ‘Rie comeback you’ve been waiting for. (Also, enjoy her impressively wide-ranging twitters on Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and the Hubble Telescope live feed):