Brooklyn’s King of Kitsch is back.
Barry Manilow has just put the finishing touches to ’15 Minutes’, his first album of new material in a decade.
Manilow said it was inspired by the harsh media spotlight shone on young celebrities, and in particular, Britney Spears very public meltdown four years ago.
Manilow said: “We were writing it about a young person who had had something to say and got a record deal and got everything he wanted then took a wrong turn and blew it and then starts all over again.
His music was once used by the authorities in Sydney, Australia to drive away rowdy youths in one tough suburb but now the veteran performer hopes his new album could appeal to people outside his largely middle-aged fan base.
“It’s guitar driven, it’s not a pretty piano tinkling,” explained the singer.
“It’s got a lot of energy and some of it is anger. I don’t know whether they’ll like that but there’s a lot of great melodies on it so, hopefully they’ll connect with that.”
Manilow is currently in the second year of a two-year run of shows at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.
At the end of that run he will have equalled Elvis Presley’s record seven-year Vegas residency.