Gwen Stefani Scrapped An Entire Album In 2014: “It Felt Weird And Fake”
Gwen Stefani’s third solo LP was originally supposed to arrive in December 2014 to coincide with her first stint on The Voice. However, the singles (“Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark The Fire”) didn’t work and the record never arrived. Instead, the 46-year-old went back to the drawing board and started over. She explains why in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I had just had Apollo [her youngest son], and they had just called me to do The Voice,” Gwen remembers. “It was like, ‘How am I going to nurse a baby, be a mom to two other kids, be on a new show, and write songs?’ So I decided to curate a record.” In other words, the No Doubt icon asked producers and songwriters to source her a hit. “Everyone does that! Almost nobody writes their whole records! But it didn’t feel right.”
“Every time people would write things, I was like, ‘That’s what I sounded like 12 years ago — maybe you should call Charli XCX or somebody else.’ It felt weird and fake,” the “Make Me Like You” diva says. “It wasn’t meant to happen. What was [meant] to happen was this crazy, horrible stuff went down, and I was supposed to write about it. I easily could have died, and I wanted to, but something in me was like, ‘I gotta turn this into music.'”