Britney Spears Inspires New Barry Manilow Album, ’15 Minutes’
Barry Manilow is opening up about his upcoming album, '15 Minutes,' revealing that the collection of new material was inspired by pop star Britney Spears.
In an interview with the L.A. Times, the 67-year-old singer says he wanted to explore the ups and downs of fame on his new effort, which began with putting himself in Spears' shoes. "The thing we started to think about was when Britney Spears was being hounded by the paparazzi," Manilow tells the paper about the album's concept.
He continues, "They were driving her crazy. She couldn't have a life without them pulling up next to her car and following her and driving her crazy to the point where, that was around the time she shaved off her hair. I think they actually helped to drive her crazy. We all looked at it in horror… And I said, 'Is this what happens these days?' So it seemed like a thing to be writing an album about."
'15 Minutes' is Manilow's first album of new material in 10 years, which was was also influenced by what Manilow experienced on 'American Idol.' "What I saw was a lot of young people becoming famous very quickly, overnight," he says. "I've done three 'American Idols,' and it was an amazing thing to watch these young, talented people becoming household names within months."
'15 Minutes' will be available in stores and online on June 14. Fans can catch Manilow live at the Paris Las Vegas where he is the resident headliner.
Listen to Barry Manilow's 'Bring On Tomorrow' From '15 Minutes'