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I poured myself the biggest glass of red wine, I put Fleetwood Mac on my vinyl, I lit candles, and I legit started praying and looking for a sign. I have this incredible book that Stevie Nicks gave me in 2013 when my boyfriend [Glee co-star Cory Monteith] died. She gave me this art book of hers that she put notes in over the years and song lyrics, and then she rewrote personal notes for me that say things like, “Keep singing, and have faith.” I was looking through this book and praying that there was an answer in it, somewhere. And there was something in there that said, “The only thing that matters is you, and who you are.” That’s what I’ve been trying to do with this whole record – just connect to me and where I’m from. [The message led Michele to frantically call her best friend, fellow Broadway star Jonathan Groff.] I was like, “What’s something from our time in New York — a word, or a phrase, or something that is from theater, or from us?” And he said, “What about ‘Places?’” When you’re on Broadway, you get your 30-minute call, then your 15-minute call. You hear “Places everyone!” And that means it’s showtime.
It was a lot. I was singing 10 songs a week for Glee in the studio, from Salt N Pepa to Kelly Clarkson to Celine Dion [covers]. When it came time for me to make my own album, I think it was a little clouded for me in terms of wanting to figure out what my own sound was. And it was also clouded by a big tragedy that had happened to me, in the midst of making that album. And you hear that in that album – you hear the darkness of what was going on in my life. I don’t think there is a consistency to the record that I was hoping for, but that’s life.
I love Louder; Louder is amazing and it was the most incredible experience for me. But it was so important with this second album that I took the time to really think about the kind of music that I really wanted to make, and to put aside any voice in my head that made me think I needed to sound like anyone other than me - and that’s what I did with this album; and that’s why we’re here; and that’s why we’re performing before the album is out, before the release date is out, before the title is out, but it will be soon, I promise. […] That’s why we’re here, because this to me is a singer’s album, and I just wanted to be able to sing songs.
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Lea performs at The Hotel Cafe on January 23, 2017 (via Periscope)

[My] first record [Louder] had a little bit of a heaviness to it and was obviously more of a pop-heavy record. For this one, I really just kind of went back to my roots and the music I grew up listening to. Where I’m at in my life right now, which is in a really happy, positive and inspired place, I wanted all of that to really reflect in my music.
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Lea Michele Emerges Reborn With 'Places' Album: 'F--- It If People Don't Like It' (Exclusive)
After splitting time between ‘Glee’ and recording her first album, Michele says of her follow-up, “This record deserves all of my time and care.”

How do you come up with a title for for your album if your record label says that it’s due tomorrow, and absolutely nothing is coming to mind? If you’re Lea Michele, you hold a wine-fueled seance at home, of course.

Well, not a seance, exactly — the 30-year-old pop singer and former Glee star was not trying to channel the deceased, but the spirit of Stevie Nicks. “I poured myself the biggest glass of red wine, I put Fleetwood Mac on my vinyl, I lit candles, and I legit started praying and looking for a sign,” Michele tells Billboard. "I have this incredible book that Stevie Nicks gave me in 2013 when my boyfriend [Glee co-star Cory Monteith] died. She gave me this art book of hers that she put notes in over the years and song lyrics, and then she rewrote personal notes for me that say things like, ‘Keep singing, and have faith.’

"I was looking through this book and praying that there was an answer in it, somewhere. And there was something in there that said, ‘The only thing that matters is you, and who you are.’ That’s what I’ve been trying to do with this whole record – just connect to me and where I’m from.”

The message led Michele to frantically call her best friend, fellow Broadway star Jonathan Groff. “I was like, ‘What’s something from our time in New York — a word, or a phrase, or something that is from theater, or from us?’ And he said, ‘What about "Places?"’ When you’re on Broadway, you get your 30-minute call, then your 15-minute call. You hear ‘Places everyone!’ And that means it’s showtime.”

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Okay so I was obsessed with Lea Michele’s album when it first came out, and as I was listening I couldn’t figure out who the sad songs were about ?? Cause she was still with Cory and it didn’t make sense to me. Well then I learned about her and Dianna and I had kinda thought about it, but this was a while after so I had never gone back and listened to the songs again.

I just re-listened to Battlefield and Thousand Needles and now I REALLY think Dianna likes to run. Like listen to Thousand Needle’s chorus… I feel like if Taylor would have really written about that break up (and didn’t have to mask a lot of it with Harry), those songs would have resembled Lea’s even more cause Taylor and Lea’s songs both make you get the vibe that the person they were with (Dianna) ran.

Anyways I had a little mini epiphany, and I’m amazed it took me that long to put two and two together lmao.