"Here's what people don't realize and here's what I've noticed: She's very, very much in control of what she records, how she sounds, how she portrays herself on the record. There's no grand master puppeteering — that's kind of a myth. She knows what she's going to cut. She's not going to sing anything she doesn't want to and she has this amazing ability when she gets behind the mic. It's like eye of the tiger."
-Producer and songwriter Claude Kelly, discussing Britney Spears' confident work in the studio during the sessions for Femme Fatale. Kelly, who wrote "Gasoline" (one of the key tracks on the just-released album), explained to MTV News just how impressed he was at Spears' attitude in the studio and her approach to the work.
"Her rhythm is spot-on. You tell her, 'This part needs to be sexy,' and she's like, 'I got it already,'" he explained. "It's that rare ability that only really true artists have to get into character and to sell a theme and that's what she's good at. ... I think because she's been out for so long, people forget the evolution of her career. When you're in the studio with her, you quickly get reminded about how versatile she is and how clever she is. She's a show-woman."
To see more about what Spears has to say about fame and her life as a pop star, don't miss the "Britney Spears: I Am the Femme Fatale" special, which airs Sunday, April 3, at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.