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.
"I don't really see it as a comeback. I've been here for a really long time," the singer told Reuters ahead of her performance at the Apple Music Festival in London recently.
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 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. – Reuters
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