Britney Spears' breakdown inspired Barry Manilow to write his first album of new material in a decade.
The crooner admits he watched horrified as the Toxic singer suffered a public meltdown at the beginning of 2008 and her sad demise prompted him to create a bunch of new songs after years of chart success with covers albums.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "The thing we started to think about was when Britney Spears was being hounded by the paparazzi. 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 (songwriting partner) Nick (Andersen) and I said, 'Is this what happens these days?' So it seemed like a thing to be writing an album about."
The result is upcoming album 15 Minutes.
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