Singer Britney Spears discusses her inspirations
After a career spanning two decades that include highs and lows, pop singer Britney Spears discussed her inspirations and why her latest album should not be seen as a return to music.
The singer told ahead of her performance at the Apple Music Festival in London on Tuesday, “I don’t really see it as a comeback. I’ve been here for a really long time,”
Hundreds of fans cheered, sang and danced at the Roundhouse music venue in Camden as Spears and a troupe of male and female dancers performed her chart-topping hits including “Baby One More Time” and “Oops! I Did it Again.”
The singer donned a variety of outfits during the gig, ranging from a sparkly sequined leotard to a schoolgirl-inspired skirt, shirt and tie.
The concert comes a month after Spears’ ninth album “Glory” came out and she delivered a steamy, high-octane performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards, thrusting the singer back in the national spotlight.
“I feel like it’s been a while since I brought new music to the table,” Spears said. “I didn’t want to do a typical pop record for this. I wanted to do something really different.”
Spears, 34, said “Glory,” which features the hit song “Make Me,” is still her style but with “a little bit of a flair to it,” drawing inspiration from pop singer Selena Gomez’s most recent “Revival” tour.
“I just love her music. I think she’s really great. So I was really, really inspired by her work,” she said.
The new album cements a steady return to music after Spears took a hiatus following a personal and career meltdown in 2006-2007 that included shaving her signature blonde locks, losing custody of her two children and being placed under a court-ordered conservatorship.
She made a comeback in late 2008 and since 2013 has helmed a successful residency show in Las Vegas, extended through 2017.
As for future musical collaborations, Spears has a couple of rockers in mind, specifically Aerosmith’s charismatic frontman.
“I love Steven Tyler; he’s great. He’s like rock’n’roll man, like just crazy cool. I think he exudes sex and electricity and you’re just like a magnet when you get next to him,” Spears said.
“I would love to work with Lenny Kravitz. I think he’s great; he’s a legend,” she added.