OK! magazine spoke with Gabriella Cilmi in a Q&A, asking the Australian pop singer if she was more involved in her new album ‘Ten’ than with her debut effort ‘Lessons To Be Learned’. The 18-year-old responded:
About the same amount. I’m still a big part of the writing process and I got to produce one of the songs as well, which was something I hadn’t done before. That was really fun. That’s when I decided that early disco, Donna Summer, early 80s sound was the kind of direction I wanted the album to go in. My band are like my brothers so we argued a little bit about it but it was cool because we had a lot more control. We had this song that started a bit Motown but we totally changed it and now it’s got all these kind of ghostly, angelic vocals in the background – it’s got a lot of atmosphere.
Cilmi also commented on a reported conflict with Lady GaGa:
I said something about how I couldn’t understand how she was wearing those little shorts in the freezing cold weather, I didn’t mean it in a nasty way, and the papers twisted it around and said I said she was some dirty, sex obsessed person. They changed it totally and when we got backstage at the BRITs my manager said she pointed at me so I was pulled away, but hopefully she doesn’t think I actually think that.
The transcript at OK.co.uk has since been removed.