WATCH: Gwen Stefani Celebrates Her New Album’s Success with LinkedIn
Gwen Stefani chatted with LinkedIn about being an influencer in music. Because LinkedIn interviews are apparently a thing now.
LinkedIn is celebrating the This Is What the Truth Feels Like singer due to her recent success “that only a dozen or so artists before her had accomplished.”
That is, she hit No. 1 on the Billboard album chart as a solo artist after having previously done so with a band”.
She first did it in the 1990’s with her band No Doubt, and recently hit No. 1 with her new album (which was inspired both by her heartbreak over her divorce from Gavin Rossdale, as well as her new romance with Blake Shelton). LinkedIn notes that “the other musicians who’d charted with a group and on their own required just single names to be recognized: Clapton, Beyoncé, Lennon, McCartney, Joplin.”
Here are 5 other things we learned from her interview:
1. Stefani doesn’t think chasing a hit single should necessarily be the end-goal in music:
I think that singles are a mystery and you can think about them as much as you want, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to ever get one…it doesn’t matter if you work with the greatest single makers…which I’ve done… it doesn’t work like that. There’s a magical piece to it.
I think that people should always do things from what’s genuine to them and their heart. And try to be true to themselves because people, especially with music, see right through that stuff. And I think that for me, I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that I would be anywhere outside of my dad’s garage.
2. The shift from physical albums to online streaming doesn’t really bother Stefani because of how flexible the music industry is these days:
It doesn’t bother me. I feel so blessed. I got to experience so many versions this industry, so many different versions of it, you know?
And I think that singles — there’s lot of opportunities when you have that platform to just put out one song. Right now, if I wanted to, I could be like, “Guess what I’m doin’ this weekend? I’m gonna write a new song.” And if I really wanted to, I bet I could just put it up on iTunes. It’s a lot more spontaneous.
3. She appreciates musical collaborations:
I listen to them [my team] because I don’t have all the good ideas. And some of the best things that I’ve ever done in my life are collaborations…everybody has a gift.
4. She also appreciates her teams advice, and even their criticisms:
An example of this would be, “Gwen, the record feels too personal. We think you should just put out an artistic body of work.” At that point, they were probably right, because I hadn’t written the rest of the record. Instead of listening to that and quitting… I went back in and I wrote Used To Love You the next day. I sent it to them and then they called me. And for the first time, somebody from a record company was calling me to say that they thought I had a big record. I was like, ‘Can I tweet this right now?’
5. The drawings on her album cover are her original doodles from her personal notebook:
…I did these drawings and doodles on top of [the album artwork]. It took me kind of a while, because I wasn’t in a place where I could do it. Like, it was due and I literally had a pencil with no sharpener and no eraser and I was, like, trying to do this project in the this remote area. And I was so excited when it was done. And [the record company] called me and were like… “We wanna talk to you about this. We think that you shouldn’t put the doodles on.”
I talked to my right-hand man, who’s my girl that does all of my art, and we always agree. And even she was like, “I don’t know, Gwen, I kinda like the pureness of this one.” And I was like, “Oh my god, I can’t believe we’re actually not agreeing on this.”
But at the end of the day, I had this great opportunity to do two different covers, so I got to compromise.