Gwen Stefani has certainly taken her tragedy that she experienced over much of last year, and turned it into a wonderful compilation of meaningful and catchy tracks. On her latest album, This is What the Truth Feels Like, Stefani gets candid about not only her divorce from husband of 13 years, rocker Gavin Rossdale, but also includes lyrics that share about her whirlwind romance with now boyfriend, Blake Shelton.
Stefani has given a number of powerful performances while sharing these songs off her latest album, including a duet with Blake at the Billboard Music Awards and a stunning performance of her single “Used to Love You” about Rossdale, as People shares.
The blonde beauty has never had a problem gaining great reviews on her music, but this time around, she does so by being extremely truthful and vulnerable.
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In a chat with Rolling Stone, Gwen gets even more open about how she sees her life going from this point, especially when it comes to her band No Doubt. The singer and front-woman of the well-known band states that she and band members worked very hard on the 2012 album Push and Shove, but that it was draining seeing as she has grown apart from the others in terms of what kind of music she wants to make. The publication shares Gwen’s words on the subject.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with No Doubt. When Tony [Kanal] and I are connected creatively, it’s magic. But I think we’ve grown apart as far as what kind of music we want to make… That’s not the right setting to make music. There’s some really great writing on [Push and Shove]. But the production felt really conflicted. It was sad how we all waited that long to put something out and it didn’t get heard.”
Talk of No Doubt bringing in a new singer for the band began surfacing earlier this year, but when asked about whether this bothers Stefani, she spoke from the standpoint of a true musician who wants her former bandmates to do whatever they need to in order to make the music they want to. Gwen responded in regards to Davey Havok of AFI working with No Doubt in her place.
“Those are my homeys from when I was a little girl! I want them to be happy and do whatever they need to do to fulfill whatever creative place they need to fill.”
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The singer/songwriter, makeup and fashion entrepreneur, and coach of The Voice, also shared about what it was like working with Prince, the iconic pop star who recently passed away, noting he was such a genius “it’s hard to believe he even existed.”
“I was onstage with No Doubt in Minneapolis in the Nineties, and I saw his silhouette in the audience. I was like, ‘How is this happening?’ Later, I sent him the demo to this song ‘Waiting Room’ – he called and said, “Hey, I had to rewrite the song, but I think you’re going to like it.” He played on the version you hear on [No Doubt’s] Rock Steady, and I sang on his album. He sat at the board and sang me every single note. I was in there for, like, eight hours.”
As such an independently successful woman, Gwen has always been looked to as an inspiration to women around the world to be who they are. The 90s music scene was so heavily dominated by male artists, even in the world of pop that it was incredible to see Gwen Stefani as the front female for one of the most popular bands of the decade. Nowadays, pop has become more balanced and there are many more female acts. The star weighed in on what she thinks about the balance having shifted and the music industry these days.
“Everyone is listening to whatever their playlist is. Whereas before, we were kind of told what we were all going to be into. There’s some really great stuff out there, and some really horrible stuff… But doesn’t every generation end up feeling that?”
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