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Lea Michele is creating new music and doesn’t care if you like it or not.
The Scream Queens and former Glee star announced earlier this month that she will be releasing a new album, titled Places, as a follow up to her 2014 debut album Louder.
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) January 26, 2017
“F**k it if people don’t like it,” said Michele in an exclusive interview with Billboard, explaining how the creative process for Places has been “so much more personal” than Louder, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Michele says her hectic schedule on Glee and the untimely death of her costar and boyfriend, Cory Monteith, overwhelmed her first album and clouded her own sound as a solo artist.
Places, on the other hand, will showcase Michele’s powerhouse vocals with songs like “Love Is Alive,” “Run to You” and “Getaway Car.”
“I sat back and listened to all of the songs that I grew up listening to, and most of them were Céline Dion, four-minute-long vocal Olympics,” said Michele. “This is a vocal album, and there are definitely love songs in there, but there’s also a sense of freedom. I went back and listened to all of the divas that I loved, and tried to find how that music resonates for me, in 2017.”
Despite her busy schedule, Michele says her heart is 100 per cent set on completing Places. “This record deserves all of my time and care, and that’s what I plan on doing this year.”
Michele plans to emerge reborn as an artist with Places and plans to avoid the haters who can’t see past her Broadway-musical and pop roots.
“I’m a live singer, I come from Broadway, that’s what I do!” she said. “Now, I’ve had the time to sit back and go, ‘Who am I? What is my voice?’… So I think it [Places] just really is a good representation of who I am and where I am in my life right now, and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”