In a recent and unequivocal Instagram post, pop icon Britney Spears has put to rest all rumors of her working on a new album, emphatically stating that she will “never return to the music industry.” This declaration comes in the wake of speculative reports, notably from Page Six, suggesting that Spears might be collaborating with artists like Charli XCX and writer Julia Michaels for a potential new record – what would have been her first in nearly ten years.
The rumors, which surfaced early Wednesday morning, hinted at an embryonic stage of the project, with no new material recorded yet. However, Spears, in her direct response, dismissed these claims as baseless. Accompanying her statement was a picture of the Italian Renaissance painting “Salome Bearing the Head of St. John the Baptist,” a poignant symbol of her stance.
In her post, Spears, who has long been under the media spotlight, revealed a different facet of her musical journey. While she has stepped away from the limelight of performing and releasing her own music, she has been actively involved in songwriting. Over the past two years, Spears has penned over 20 songs for other artists, embracing the role of a ghostwriter – a term used to describe writers who create content without claiming credit for it. This behind-the-scenes involvement in the music industry seems to suit Spears, who expressed a preference for this kind of anonymity.
Spears’ relationship with the music industry has been a complex and highly scrutinized one. She has collaborated with Julia Michaels in the past, with Michaels credited as a writer on the song “Slumber Party” from Spears’ last studio album, “Glory” (2016). Yet, this recent revelation indicates a shift in how Spears wants to engage with the world of music.
Further addressing her fans and the public, Spears also commented on the release of her book, “The Woman in Me.” Contrary to claims that the book was published without her approval, Spears clarified that such rumors are far from the truth. The memoir, which has been a national bestseller with over 1.1 million copies sold in its first week, delves into Spears’ experiences and the harsh realities of media scrutiny on young, successful women. Stephen Rodrick of Variety, in his review, described it as a powerful lesson on the media’s impact on public figures.
Spears concluded her post on an affirmative note, highlighting the love and blessings she feels in her current life, despite the turbulent journey she has endured. This statement marks not just the end of an era for Spears as a performer but also signifies her resilience and continued influence in the music industry, albeit in a different role. As the world adjusts to this new reality, Spears’ legacy as the “Princess of Pop” remains untarnished, now enriched by her candid revelations and continued artistic contributions.
“Just so we’re clear most of the news is trash !!! They keep saying I’m turning to random people to do a new album … I will never return to the music industry !!! When I write, I write for fun or I write for other people !!! For those of you who have read my book, there’s loads that you don’t know about me … I’ve written over 20 songs for other people the past two years !!! I’m a ghostwriter and I honestly enjoy it that way !!! People are also saying MY BOOK WAS RELEASED WITHOUT MY APPROVAL ILLEGALLY and that’s far from the truth … have you read the news these days ??? I’m so LOVED and blessed !!!”
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