Star speaks in exclusive NME interview
Britney Spears reveals in this week’s NME that she sometimes considers quitting music to become a teacher.
The full interview with Spears appears in this week’s NME, available nationwide and online today (September 16). Spears speaks to NME as part of a special Apple Music Festival issue, which also features interviews with The 1975, Bastille and other artists playing the festival at London’s Roundhouse this month.
Speaking to NME about the secret behind her longevity, the star said: “I try not to analyse it too much. I love what I do and I think that helps because it speaks for itself when I perform. Seeing other artists continue to do this kind of thing inspires me too.”
She continued: “Sometimes I’m like, ‘What am I doing? Like, I could be a teacher.’ But then I see other people doing it too and I’m like, ‘Well, you know, it’s probably all they’ve known for so long, so it just kind of makes sense’.”
On the genesis of her new album ‘Glory’, Spears added: “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 explained: “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.”
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)
Calvin Harris (23)
Robbie Williams (25)
Britney Spears (27)
Michael Buble (28)
Chance The Rapper (30)