Britney Spears on Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Lorde and Others Who Inspire Her

December 31, 2013

Britney Spears opened up about her musical inspirations and more in an interview she gave coinciding with the start of her ‘Piece of Me’ two-year headlining residency in Las Vegas.

Britney Spears spoke with USA Today backstage prior to her inaugural performance at Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort and had plenty to say about her musical contemporaries even as she remains among them, having just released an album weeks ago.

As for the artists who inspire her, she mentioned New Zealand singer Lorde, “who is really different and cool”

She went on to say, “This generation is hungry for new sounds. Bruno Mars is so different and fresh” — and mentioning her former boyfriend casually in the mix — “Justin Timberlake is, too. It’s inspiring for me, and it makes people eager to listen to music, which helps everyone.”

As for Miley Cyrus she said “She’s cool, she’s fun to be around. You know, she’s got really good energy.”

She singled out Beyonce for extra praise, in light of the success of the release of her surprise album, BEYONCE, which will spend its third consecutive week on the Billboard 200. Britney Spears said she “looks up to Beyonce, what she did with her album was genius, really brilliant.”

She also told USA Today that she laments the decline of physical CDs: “We’re too smart for our own good. We’re at the point where the simplicity of buying a CD and the specialness has gone. I think it’s a shame. The whole process of buying a record was so special.”

She also spoke about the homage she pays to the King of Pop Michael Jackson in what she calls her “favorite part of the show, where it’s just me in the spotlight (during Me Against the Music) with a hat on, which is really a tribute to Michael.”

The show itself is also a tribute to her own career which dates back to the late 1990s. She has, in fact, made history in Las Vegas as the youngest performer, at age 32, to headline a show.

The director of her show, Baz Halpin spoke with Buzzfeed saying that she is a “trailblazer” in this regard as he called the theater at Planet Hollywood a “unique venue” and said, “The stage is nearly twice as large as a normal venue stage. You have the ability to do things that are technically and logistically more difficult. I think that from one aspect, it will change how artists view residencies.”

While there is much fanfare over the kickoff of Britney Spears’ Las Vegas show it remains to be seen how she will fare in the next two years. Las Vegas, after all, was a gamble for someone who is still so young and in the midst of her music career.

Pictures: PR Photos

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