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Britney Spears inspires new Barry Manilow album

Barry Manilow says his latest album had a most unusual inspiration: Britney Spears.

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Britney Spears has inspired a plethora of art, including one really disturbing statue of the pop star in the throes of giving birth, but her latest role as muse comes from a surprising source: Barry Manilow.

On his new CD 15 Minutes, Barry Manilow ruminates on the highs and lows of fame — and the Copacabana singer says he was inspired by none other than Britney Spears.

“The thing we started to think about was when Britney Spears was being hounded by the paparazzi,” Manilow told the L.A. Times. “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.”

Manilow also said he was inspired by his role as a mentor 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. And I remember when I got hit with it, with Mandy, that I was an adult. And yet when Mandy hit, it knocked me for a loop. It turned me into a person I didn’t like.”

Barry Manilow seems like a pretty likable guy to me. Will you buy his new album when it goes on sale June 14?

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