I think she just saw the high school I was in and how a lot of other girls were getting into drugs and things.
Jones, who was 22 and who had been raised by a single mother in Texas, had been in New York for only two years, singing in restaurants and small clubs while working part-time as a waitress to support herself.
She recorded three further albums, which between them have sold 27 million copies, making her the biggest-selling female artist of the 2000s.
A fifth album, Little Broken Hearts, is released next week, co-written and produced by Brian Burton, or Danger Mouse as he is known ('I call him Mr Mouse,’ Jones jokes), the multi-instrumentalist/producer best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley and Beck.
'I don’t know if it was because she had ambitions for my career,’ Jones says.
'I think she wanted me to move so I wouldn’t be a pregnant cheerleader.