Britney Spears says she stopped being ‘a people pleaser’ on her new album

Apple Music Festival headliner tells NME the early songs on ‘Glory’ ‘weren’t that great’ before she became 'selfish'

Britney Spears has revealed that she had to make a stand on her new album ‘Glory’ as she felt the songs she was initially offered weren’t good enough.

Spears was talking to NME as part of our special new Apple Music Festival issue, which features interviews with her, The 1975, Bastille and other artists playing the festival at London’s Roundhouse this month.

Telling NME about the genesis of ‘Glory’, Spears said: “Honestly, this is the first project where I’ve really been hands-on. I was really specific about who I worked with, and I’ve been learning to say no. I’m a people pleaser, so that’s hard for me. Even if I don’t like something, I’ll do it just to make a person happy. I made sure this album was everything I wanted it to be. I was really selfish with it.”

‘Glory’ reached No 2 in the UK, matching the peak of four of her previous albums. Spears continued: “The beginning of the project was actually not that great. The songs that were coming in were not very good. So we got a new A&R girl, and we totally turned it around, gave it a profound new direction. I wanted to use my voice more. I did different stuff with my voice – more bluesy and urban stuff, and played around with different things.”

The full interview with Spears is in this week’s NME, available nationwide tomorrow (September 16) and which will be online in full soon.

Spears plays Apple Music Festival on September 27 for her first UK show since 2011. The festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, having begun in 2007 as iTunes Festival, when artists included Paul McCartney, The Maccabees, Stereophonics, Travis and Kasabian.

This year’s gigs will be broadcast via Apple Music and Beats 1. For more information, see the Apple Music Festival website.

This year’s Apple Music Festival line-up is:
Elton John (September 18)
The 1975, Christine And The Queens (19)
Alicia Keys, Jordan Fisher (20)
OneRepublic (21)
Calvin Harris (23)
Robbie Williams (25)
Bastille (26)
Britney Spears (27)
Michael Buble (28)
Chance The Rapper (30)