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Britney Spears Says Not Doing Music Anymore Is Revenge

Kelly Clarkson Kicks ‘The Door Open’ With Soulful Silk Sonic Cover

Demi Lovato Is Getting a ‘Fresh Start’ With Their Newly Shaved Head

Britney SpearsBritney Spears Says Not Doing Music Anymore Is Revenge

The singer lashed out at her family while saying the last year has been full of growth.

Britney Spears was in a reflective mood post-Christmas, opening her heart in a lengthy Instagram post in which she explained why she’s taking a break from making music and performing while describing a crisis of faith that tested her only to re-boot her resolve.

The note posted on Monday (Dec. 27) opened with suggestions: “When you wake up. PRAY… When life gets hard. PRAY. If you’re unsure. PRAY. When you’re happy. PRAY. God’s always with us.” Those slides led to a long note in which the 40-year-old singer discussed a time when her faith was tested.

“I had an experience three years ago where I stopped believing in God !!!! From every angle I was being hurt for no reason and my family was hurting me,” Spears wrote without describing a specific situation. “I went into a state of shock and the way I coped was being fake denial. It was too much to really face. It then came full circle and my heart took over and I was a lion.”

Spears has been speaking more freely since a judge ended a 13-year legal conservatorship that had her estranged father, Jamie Spears, and a group of lawyers controlling nearly every aspect of the star’s personal and professional life. During her period of turmoil, Spears said she “screamed alone a lot and I kept all that pain to myself,” lamenting that she’s never gotten to confront the person who hurt her. Instead, she wrote that she chose the “fake denial ‘everything’s totally fine’ approach” because she said she didn’t want to cause conflict.

Inside, however, Spears said she was “absolutely screaming… I wanted to be nice but what they did to my heart was unforgivable!!!!” And while, for the most part, the pop star did not get into specifics, she did note that she asked for 13 years to be able to perform new songs and remixes of her old songs, and claimed she only had two months off between her four-year span of Las Vegas residency shows.

“And every time I asked I was told ‘no’ !!!!! It was a set up to make me fail yet I knew exactly what I wanted my fans to see and it didn’t make sense how network television shows are showcasing my music with remixes of all my music… yet the person who owns the music is told no!!!” Spears noted that her younger sister, Jamie Lynn, was allowed to remix her songs, but Britney was not. At one point, the singer even suggests that she’d get “more respect” for doing a Playboy spread than for writing a book.

As for those who wonder why Spears has seemingly turned her back on music — she hasn’t released a new album since 2016’s Glory and hasn’t performed live since ending her four-year Britney: Piece of Me Las Vegas residency in 2017 and canceling an planned follow-up, Domination in 2019 — the singer said it was a combination of factors. “So much wasted time to only embarrass me and humiliate me and I guess it seems odd to most now why I don’t even do music anymore,” she wrote.

Spears said that nobody knows the “awful things” that were done to her, adding that after what she’s been through she’s scared of people and the music business by way of explaining why she’s taken a long break from recording and performing. “They really hurt me!!!!!! Not doing music anymore is my way of saying ‘F–k you’ in a sense when it only actually benefits my family by ignoring my real work,” she said.

The note, she said, was an attempt to sympathize with others whose faith has been tested as hers was. “Trust me, I know and it’s not fun,” she wrote. “Last year was growth for me… I still have a ways to go!!!” Spears said her goal for 2022 is to push herself more and do things that scare her, “but not too much.”

“We are just people and I’m not superwoman,” she wrote. “But I do know what makes me happy and bring me joy and I try to meditate on those places and thoughts that enable me to experience it!!!!!”

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Kelly Clarkson Kicks ‘The Door Open’ With Soulful Silk Sonic Cover

Kelly Clarkson tapped into her soulful side in her signature Kellyoke opening segment on the Monday (Dec. 20) episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, and performed her powerful take on Silk Sonic’s hit “Leave the Door Open.”

Joined by a trio of background singers, Clarkson peppered the lyrics with smooth vocal runs to make the song her own. “I’ma leave the door open/ I’ma leave the door open/ That you feel the way I feel/ And you want me like I want you tonight, baby/ Tell me that you’re coming through,” Clarkson effortlessly sang.

“Leave the Door Open” hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2021; the track serves as Bruno Mars’ eighth No. 1 single, while Anderson .Paak earned his first with the track.

Kellyoke songs are often chosen by the show’s attendees, Alex Duda, the NBCUniversal-distributed series’ executive producer, previously told Billboard. “I get a list of songs requested by audience members, I plug them in based on episodes and themes — usually a mix of Motown, ’70s and ’80s songs, current pop to rock and one country song a week,” Duda said.

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Demi Lovato Is Getting a ‘Fresh Start’ With Their Newly Shaved Head

Demi Lovato is debuting a fresh new hairstyle for the new year.

The 29-year-old singer took to social media on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) to show off their edgy buzzcut in a short FaceTime-recorded video by photographer Angelo Kritikos.

“Shot on FaceTime by @angelokritikos #freshstart,” Lovato wrote on Instagram.

In the glitchy clip, the singer wears a black heavy coat while striking numerous poses against a backdrop of snowy mountains. Lovato also modeled the closely cropped hairstyle in a mirror selfie on their Instagram Story.

It’s been a busy year for Lovato, who released their seventh album, Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over, which was followed by a four-part YouTube Originals docuseries of the same time. The singer also announced earlier this year that they identify as nonbinary and changed their pronouns to they/them.

The pop star discussed their ever-changing hairstyles in a March cover story for Glamour, telling the publication that their choices are an attempt to break free from the “heteronormative box” they’ve been confined in for many years.

“What I’m encouraging people to do is just make choices for themselves,” Lovato said. “Autonomy, for me, is what changed my life.”

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