Gwen Stefani Reveals “Used To Love You” Cover Art, Says She Scrapped Her Third Album And Started Over
It looks like Gwen Stefani’s third LP is slowly coming together after a couple (ok, a lot) of setbacks. The No Doubt diva debuted a touching ballad called “Used To Love You” at a surprise concert at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday night (October 17) and unveiled the cover art on Instagram today with the mysterious caption “tonight.” I’m guessing there will be a nice surprise on iTunes in a few hours!
The break-up anthem will be the official lead single from the 46-year-old’s third album. What about “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark The Fire”? Well, the body of work they belonged to has been scrapped altogether. “It didn’t feel right,” Gwen says of the binned LP in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I didn’t feel fulfilled. That record with Benny [Blanco] was done that way because I had just given birth and had just started on The Voice and felt like I should do something in music.”
“There wasn’t enough time,” she admits. “So I tried to make a record where I was just kind of involved — which is how a lot of people do it, but it didn’t work for me.” Divorcing husband Gavin Rossdale after 13 years of marriage, however, rekindled her creativity. “I needed to go through what I needed to go through to write the record that I needed to write. There was a lot of prayer and meditating in the sense of trying to be open and grateful with this record.”
While there’s still no release date in sight, Gwen echoes sentiments she told Too Fab in September about the project coming together quicker than expected. “It happened really fast,” she admits. “[But] I just feel so lucky to make music. It’s a gift to channel true emotions and then capture them. When I finish a song I listen to it so many times — until I can’t listen again — because you learn things about yourself that you didn’t even know you were saying, or needed to say.”
[Via Entertainment Weekly].