Barry Manilow: ‘Britney Spears troubles inspired my new album’

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Barry Manilow has confessed that Britney Spears’s personal struggles have inspired several songs on his new album 15 Minutes.

The singer explained that he was very sad to see intimate details of Spears’s private life reported in the media following her divorce from Kevin Federline.

Manilow told Parade, “When we started writing, it was when paparazzi were driving her crazy. She couldn’t live a life.”

“[Spears] was the epitome of the price of fame.”

The ‘Copacabana’ singer also hinted that his music will be featured on an upcoming episode of Glee, saying: “[Gleeco-creator] Ryan [Murphy] sent me an email saying, ‘This year, I’m getting your stuff on our show’. But who knows?”

Manilow’s current LP 15 Minutes reached the top ten of the US album charts upon its release in June.

Photos by WENN

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