After months of speculation, Will.I.Am confirms he’s the executive producer of Britney’s upcoming studio album, and works towards bringing fans an intimate compilation.
Will tells Rolling Stone:
“After I did a song on Femme Fatale – ‘Big Fat Bass’ – and then we did ‘Scream & Shout,’ she really liked the way we worked because of my approach,” will.i.am said last night at a Levi’s event in Hollywood celebrating his sustainable-product program Ekocycle. “So they asked me to be involved in, not producing and writing every song, but to be an executive producer on the songs.”
Although he wouldn’t confirm what producers are involved, he did say Brit “really liked Diplo,” who produced Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)” and Usher’s “Climax.”
Will hopes the album will showcase her as a person rather than an artist, spending three months of time with Brit to really get inside her mind.
“I was like, ‘OK, look, guys, me and Britney need to have lunch four times a month for three months before I even try to go in the studio with her, because we need to talk. We need to talk about what she’s excited about in life. I gotta talk about the things that hurt her. I gotta talk about the things that make her concerned – she’s a mother. I gotta talk to her about all the things that her fans want to talk to her about. I gotta be the vehicle between her and her fans.” He added, “We can’t do another song about going on the dance floor. Really? Didn’t we see a bunch of Britney doing that already? Don’t we want to see something that comes from her heart?”
He didn’t specify when the album will wrap, but says things are moving along fairly quickly, adding that he and Brit had an “amazing” session yesterday at Record Plant.