Madison Vain
September 22, 2017 02:45 PM

Fergie’s solo debut, The Dutchess, bore five Top 5 singles, each of remarkably varied musical composition, from the electro-meets-hip-hop “Fergalicious” to the club-banging “London Bridge” and even the power pop-rock ballad “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” It also, remarkably, released a full 11 years ago — and Fergie, 42, is following that set up this week with Double Dutchess, out Friday.

Speaking to EW, the singer-rapper was frank about the cause of delay: her role as a mother to Axl Jack, her 4-year-old son with Josh Duhamel, her husband of eight years from whom she recently separated.

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“I’m not going to sacrifice time with my child,” she said. “That’s just not going to happen. They can keep banging on my door [to release an album], but I’m like, “I’m with Axl. I’m off the grid! Bye!”

Recording her second LP required a total reorganization, she explained. “It’s totally different,” she said, “even the hours in the studio are different. Everything has to be so masterfully scheduled that it’s crazy.”

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But not all adjustments to the workflow that have come via motherhood have been a struggle.

“Getting pregnant reset me,” she continued. “I just got on my game. People wanted me to release it and I was like, ‘It’s good, but I want it to be great.’”

It also inspired her to extend her creative reach. “I’ve never taken this much responsibility,” she said. “I’m executive-producing [the album] and I kept wanting to make it better and better. I wanted to strive for greatness.”

Fergie’s Double Dutchess arrives Friday. It is accompanied by a full visual experience, which Fergie has dubbed Seeing Double.

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