Just last weekend Gwen Stefani debuted a new song live, announcing “Used To Love You” would likely be the next single. Fast forward only three days, and the song has already been played on radio stations nationwide, and the music video is out for all to see. Sophie Muller directed the simple, emotional music video, which shows little more than Gwen subtly displaying her true feelings as the camera rolls. The focus is on her the whole time as she fights off tears and occasionally mouths the words to this breakup song.
Watch “Used To Love You” below:
“Used To Love You,” about Gwen’s recently-announced divorce from husband Gavin Rossdale, is the first single from her anticipated third solo album. Gwen currently has about 20 new songs written for her upcoming third solo album. Although she worked on songs through 2014 and released two singles – “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark The Fire” – she has confirmed that she scrapped those earlier songs and started over. As she told Entertainment Weekly:
It didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel fulfilled. That record with Benny was done that way because I had just given birth and had just started on The Voice and felt like I should do something in music, but what was I going to do? There wasn’t enough time. So I tried to make a record where I was just kind of involved — which is how a lot of people do it, but it didn’t work for me.
Meanwhile, Gwen’s personal life was facing major changes. Gwen and Gavin have been together since the ’90s, and married in 2002 before having three sons together. Unfortunately, their relationship went sour somewhere along the way, and their divorce has left Gwen filled with songs she needs to get out.
I needed to go through what I needed to go through to write the record that I needed to write. There was a lot of prayer and meditating in the sense of trying to be open and grateful with this record. These songs are really natural — they’re from not worrying about what happened or what’s going to happen but about living in the moment, from trying to be present and trying to feel.
Though the writing process in No Doubt is often slow, as Gwen takes her time writing meaningful songs, this time was different. Instead, she had a lot to get out, and it poured out of her quickly.
It happened really fast. I just feel so lucky to make music. It’s a gift to channel true emotions and then capture them. When I finish a song I listen to it so many times — until I can’t listen again — because you learn things about yourself that you didn’t even know you were saying, or needed to say.
“Used To Love You” definitely says things Gwen needed to say. It’s just the first new song of what will likely be a very confessional, emotional album. In an interview with Yahoo, Gwen revealed that her new album will probably be out next year.
“Used To Love You” is available on iTunes now. You can catch up on all we know about Gwen’s upcoming album, as well as known song titles (many of which came from her 2014 sessions and may not appear on the album). Keep checking back here for all the latest Gwen Stefani music news.