“My favorite place to be in the world is on a park bench,” says Hudson, 33, whose new album, JHUD, arrives Tuesday. “You get to see all of life around you.” The singer/songwriter/actress draws a few is-that-her glances, but given her casual manner, they don’t become lingering stares.

That’s the way Hudson likes it, apparently. The title of JHUD — a collection for which she collaborated with Pharrell Williams, R. Kelly and Timbaland, among others — was born when “I noticed that’s what everyone’s been calling me. And I want people to get to know me personally as that, as this real girl.” On a number of crisply produced, rhythmically driven tracks, she wields her robust, creamy voice with a palpable playfulness.

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