Esteemed music producer Will.i.am graced the CBS Mornings set recently, offering an intriguing sneak peek into his imminent musical collaboration with the iconic Britney Spears. The single, compellingly titled “Mind Your Business,” is said to encapsulate themes of privacy, the public eye, and the therapy of music.
A Rallying Cry for Privacy
Will.i.am dove into the symbolism behind “Mind Your Business” during his CBS Mornings appearance, addressing the intense scrutiny that often accompanies life in the limelight. The single aims to highlight not only the relentless scrutiny celebrities often endure, but also the broader cultural struggle to maintain privacy in the social media age.
“When you’re in the spotlight, a lot of times you just want to live your life,” the music maestro explained. Embedded within the song's lyrics is a clear reflection of this sentiment. Will.i.am stated, “Even on my verse I say, ‘Hands up in the cookie jar/ they watchin’ me/ they watchin’ y’all.’ That has to do with privacy and everyone else, every individual out there who feels they’re not living a private life in social media.
There’s a thin line and everyone deserves their version of privacy”.
The Healing Power of Music
Beyond its statement on privacy, the collaboration also acts as an affirmation of music's therapeutic potential.
In a heartfelt response, Will.i.am underscored the deeply healing relationship many of us share with music, both as creators and consumers. This notion was, in part, inspired by observing Britney's Instagram dancing sessions.
"Music is therapy for lots of people,” he noted. “People that make music, people that listen to music. Dancing is therapy for lots of people… When you have that connection with music and rhythm and song and melody and harmony, and when you express yourself through that, it helps you with anything that you’re going through." This empathetic observation appears to have fueled the collaboration.
"To collaborate with her now and then—when you’re in the studio, and you’re making music, that’s the only thing that matters. So I see the same light, the same joy, the same love, and passion”.