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"I was really selfish with it."

By Robyn Collins

Historically, Britney Spears has followed the advice of producers and managers and it’s worked out pretty well for her. But when she was working on her new album Glory she decided she had to be the one calling the shots.

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“Honestly, this is the first project where I’ve really been hands-on,” she tells NME. “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.”

The singer admits that it was a struggle to get there and said that Glory wasn’t exactly a triumph from the start. “The beginning of the project was actually not that great,” she says. “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 is scheduled to play the 10th annual Apple Music Festival on September 27 in London. It will be her first UK show since 2011.

Apple Music Festival lineup:
Elton John (Sept. 18)
The 1975, Christine And The Queens (Sept. 19)
Alicia Keys, Jordan Fisher (Sept. 20)
OneRepublic (Sept. 21)
Calvin Harris (Sept. 23)
Robbie Williams (Sept. 25)
Bastille (Sept. 26)
Britney Spears (Sept. 27)
Michael Buble (Sept. 28)
Chance The Rapper (Sept. 30)

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