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Annie Lennox to ‘Bare’ it all

NBC’s Katie Couric talks to eighties diva in “Today’s Backstage Pass.”
/ Source: TODAY

Ask any fan and they’ll probably tell you that sweet dreams are made of Annie Lennox’s new album, “Bare.” Billboard magazine is calling it one of the most anticipated arrivals of the year. It’s her third solo release and marks the latest chapter in an enduring career. NBC’s Katie Couric talks to Lennox in “Today’s Backstage Pass.”

It has been more than 10 years since Lennox released an album full of original songs. But, whether she’s theatrical, gender-bending or playing a vamp, her talent and voice have always shown through, turning Lennox into the pop icon she is today.

“It’s all been so bizarre because I came to music as a little girl. There was never a vision at the end of the day that you’re going to be a pop star — ludicrous,” says Lennox.

Back in 1983, most of us were introduced to her with the song “Here Comes the Rain Again.”

As the lead singer for the Eurythmics with partner Dave Stewart at her side, “Sweet Dreams” was their breakout hit, and remains popular 20 years later.

A string of hits followed. But during the ’90s, she branched out on her own releasing two solo albums that sold millions. Her first solo album Diva, with self penned songs, debuted in 1992 and included hits like “Why,” “Walking on Broken Glass” and “Little Bird” and earned her three Grammy nominations. She struck Grammy gold in 1995 with “No More I Love You’s.”

Now, 8 years after releasing her last solo album, the long awaited follow-up is here.

So why so long in between? Lennox ,originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, took time off to raise her two daughters, who are now 10 and 12. In 1999, Lennox did reunite with Dave Stewart, releasing a CD called “Peace” and toured together.

Lennox, now 48, began working on “Bare” after her 12-year marriage with Israeli filmmaker, Uri Fruchtmann, ended in 2000.

Lennox says, “‘Bare’ is a powerful and emotional ride.”

She adds, “I sing about pain and obviously great songs are full of pain. They’re full of joy at the same time the two things always coexist.”