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The 38-year-old actress was asked about possibly recording an album after her singing stints on Glee and in her movie Country Strong.
“Well, I haven’t signed anything but I’m thinking about it,” Gwyneth said. “I kind of have to get my head around the concept of it and how I would want to do it. Do it in a right way. It’s hard to think of switching because all the signing I’ve been doing has been coming out of Country Strong or Glee. So I think, how would I do that? Just a record by myself feels a little scary to me. I would like to in theory but we’ll see.”
When asked if she would venture into pop music, a la Britney Spears, Gwyneth said, “Not totally. She’s cornered that market.”
Salt-n-Pepa’s No. 1 hit “Push It” doesn’t have a cello part … right?
Well, for members of the Portland Cello Project, that late-’80s rap song not only could have a cello part, it is perfect for the cello.
Portland Cello Project will be opening Millennium Park’s Dusk Variations, a series of performances that merges jazz, pop and rock with classical music.
Lacey Capps, a program coordinator for Millennium Park, is the brains behind the series, which is back for a second season.
“We wanted to pull in people from the younger demographic,” Capps said, “which is why we added the pop music element to challenge what most people consider to be classical. It is supposed to be cool, quirky and fun.”
Doug Jenkins, 34, is the artistic director of the Portland Cello Project, which formed in 2007 when a group of classically trained cellists came up with their own offbeat idea.
“Myself and the couple cellists that there were in town used to get together and play classical music, but we all played other types of music to pay the bills,” Jenkins said.
“Someone said, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we played this kind of music, Bach and Beethoven, at a rock club?’ — and we did.”
That first performance was strictly classical, but the group has since branched out into playing pop, rock and jazz — all on the cello.
“Our philosophy is to bring the cello to unexpected places and to play music not normally heard on the cello,” Jenkins said. “We play pop, rock, metal; whatever will confuse and delight the audience the most.”
Capps said that she found the cello group and most of the other acts by looking at her iPod.
“I chose some of the acts that are going to play in the series from groups that I listen to personally, like the Portland Cello Project,” Capps said.
“The fact that you can see them in a punk club one night and a symphony hall the next is truly representative of what this series is all about.”
Portland Cello Project boasts a revolving cast of about 25 cellists. On the roster for Millennium Park are six musicians who will collaborate with indie rockers the 1900s, a Chicago band.
“We never repeat the same show,” Jenkins said. “We mix it up as much as possible. We will play something classical, then cover Pantera’s ‘Mouth For War,’ then bring a guest singer on stage and finish with more instrumental stuff.”
Last week, Portland Cello Project released “Thousand Words,” their third CD, which is entirely instrumental. Despite its large repertoire, the group’s most requested song is “Toxic” by Britney Spears. Apparently, even Spears sounds good when played on cello.
Jenkins said the group has been preparing for the summer festival season for a while.
“Our show will be the weirdest and biggest variety of songs you will hear,” Jenkins said. “We really pride ourselves on being the most unique set in whatever series we are playing.”
Britney Spears’ seventh studio album was at first rumored to drop this May, but it appears the Brit circus won’t hit town again until June. We know you Brit diehards need your precious pop music, but the wait will be worth it—Billboard’s Sexiest Pop Star has lined up an all-star cast of producers for her latest offering.
We already heard names like Nate ‘Danjahandz’ Hills, aka Danja (“Gimme More,” “Break the Ice”), Max Martin (“3,” “If You Seek Amy,” “Baby… One More Time”) and Sean Garrett (“Toy Soldier”) rattled off as producers on the as-yet untitled Spears album. Now being thrown in the mix is K. Briscoe (”Womanizer”) and Corte Ellis (”Naked,” “Get Back”). Basically, Brit’s keeping close company on this release and working with producers with whom she shares a history.
However, there is a bit of new blood in the studio — Idolator fave David Guetta is reportedly conjuring up a hit for Brit too. Does this mean Spears will be dipping her (usually barefoot) toe into house music? And we’re still intensely curious about the rumor that some sort of Britney-Lady Gaga duet is in the works — though as Blackbook points out, these kinds of super-mega-star pairings have a tendency to under-deliver and/or hurt people’s ears.
We’ve got high hopes for this album, and the music certainly looks like it’s in the right hands. As for the songs’ lyrics, well, Britney doesn’t need any help coming up with clever witticisms to share with the world.
Britney Spears ‘Sets The Record Straight’ In Documentary Airing November 30 On MTV — Check Out A Preview Here!
In the special, Britney reflects on hardships of the past few years: ‘What the hell was I thinking?’Possibly more than anyone on Earth, Britney Spears’ life is constantly documented by the media, which voraciously reports on the singer’s every step and misstep. But what’s it like to be in her shoes?
With her new album, Circus, set for release in just a few weeks, the singer is ready to show the world her side of the story.
Britney has joined forces with MTV for a 90-minute documentary about her return to the pop-music spotlight. Tentatively titled “For the Record,” the special is set to air on November 30 at 10 p.m. on MTV, two days before Circus is released on December 2 (the singer’s 27th birthday).
So much has gone on over the last couple of years and there’s a lot that people don’t know about me that I want them to know,” Spears told MTV News in a statement about the special. “I wanted to make this film because I started to feel like I wasn’t being seen in the light that I wanted to be seen in. This is an opportunity to set the record straight and talk about what I’ve been through and where I’m headed.”
The documentary combines personal stories with behind-the-scenes footage of her comeback. Cameras follow her to the recording studio, to rehearsals, to press tours, to the video shoot for her latest single, “Womanizer,” and even to her hometown in Louisiana. Backstage footage from her recent triumphant appearance at the Video Music Awards is also featured.
Through it all, we hear Britney talking about the hardships that led up to this comeback. “I’ve been through a lot, and there’s a lot people don’t know,” she says in the film. “Sometimes it can get lonely ’cause you don’t open the gate. I’m stuck in this place, and I just cope every day.”
Britney also owns up to the mistakes the world has watched her make, and offers some telling insight into how she feels about it all now. “I sit there and I look back,” she says, before asking rhetorically: “I’m a smart person, what the hell was I thinking?”
“For the Record” airs Sunday, November 30 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.
Continuously working as she readies for her big comeback, Britney Spears was spotted arriving at the International Dance Studio in Hollywood, California on Wednesday (September 23).
The “Gimme More” singer has been practicing up her dance moves as she prepares for her re-emergence into the world of pop music – with Brit’s mother Lynne confirming her daughter’s big future plans, saying, “She’s releasing music, she has plans to do tours and some other little secrets that I can’t tell you. It’s going to be fabulous though.”
Unfortunately, the 26-year-old suffered a minor setback when one of her new tracks, “Womanizer,” ended up being leaked onto the Internet prematurely.
A source close to Miss Spears told press, “She is finally getting herself back on the straight and narrow, but is still finding it hard to trust people again. The fact someone has secretly recorded rehearsals and leaked her single on to the Internet has really upset her. She’s really nervous about her comeback, probably more than last time. She was shaking like a leaf at the MTV awards recently.”