Britney Spears and Selena Gomez are both pop girls who got their start with Disney. Britney was part of The All New Mickey Mouse Club while Selena starred on the Wizards of Waverly Place. Both of the Disney alumni have shed their good-girl looks for a sexier image, and both Selena and Britney sing and dance in revealing costumes onstage at their concerts.
It also looks like these two influence one another. Britney Spears, 34, revealed that Selena Gomez’s latest album, Revival, inspired her new album, Glory. Spears praised the 24-year-old singer in a new interview with The Belfast Telegraph, as cited by Celebuzz. Spears opened up about the creative process behind her album, which is definitely not a comeback album, she said.
“I’ve been here for a really long time,” Spears said to the publication. She then mentioned that Gomez’s Revival influenced the sound on her own album. “I just love her music,” Spears said. “I think she’s really great. So I was really, really inspired by her work.”
Spears performed in the U.K. for the first time in five years on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Apple Music Festival in London, where she played a medley of her hit songs. When it came to her new album, Spears said she wanted to do something different from her previous releases, Britney Jean and Femme Fatale.
“I feel like it’s been a while since I brought new music to the table. I didn’t want to do a typical pop record for this. I wanted to do something really different.”
Other artists she has been influenced by include Steven Tyler and Lenny Kravitz. Spears admitted she listens to a lot more ’80s and ’90s music these days.
“I think he exudes sex and electricity and you’re just like a magnet when you get next to him,” Spears said when describing Tyler.
Her comments about Gomez come after reports about her being in rehab surfaced online. Radar Online revealed on Tuesday that Gomez secretly entered a rehabilitation center on the East Coast earlier this month for “depression” and other “emotional issues.” Gomez is expected to stay at the facility “for more than 60 days.”
An alleged insider told Radar that Gomez is not being treated for drug-related problems and added that the facility has a “Christianity-based track,” which is why she chose that center.
“The facility is a women’s only facility in a secluded wooded area. She’s staying for more than 60 days. The rehab has a Christianity-based track, which might have been appealing given her religious background.”
It’s been rumored that Gomez’s social media feud with ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, and the tragic shooting of her close friend, Christina Grimmie, contributed to her mental and emotional problems. In addition, Gomez is battling the autoimmune disease, Lupus, and depression is a side-effect of the illness. Back in August, Gomez revealed that she was taking a break from her Revival Tour, as reported by People.
“I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off. Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this. I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
Like Gomez, Spears has been through her share of trouble in her twenties after experiencing two failed marriages. She suffered a public breakdown in 2007, which resulted in her shaving her head and attacking a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella. Spears was also put on a 5150 hold later that year, and she has entered a rehab a few times for drugs and alcohol.
As reported in the Daily Mail, Spears has addressed her breakdown for the first time since her 2008 documentary, For The Record. She described her twenties as “horrible” in a new tell-all interview with Lorraine Kelly on Thursday, Sept. 29. Spears has since found happiness in her thirties.
In another interview with Kiss FM, she again said she gathered inspiration from fellow pop stars like Gomez.
“This is the best record I’ve done in a long time because it’s so different. I listen to a lot of Selena Gomez- I think her vibe is cool and sexy.”
What are your thoughts? Do you think Britney Spears’ Glory sounds similar to Selena Gomez’s Revival? Sound off below in the comments section.
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