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WWD: In the last decade, you’ve worked with Sheryl Crow and mentored Courtney Love. What are you listening to now?
SN: This is the part where I run and get my Ipod. Can I do that? [She runs and gets her Ipod.] I just made a tape of dance tracks. Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” “Umbrella,” by Rihanna, “Come to me, Peace,” by Mary J. Blige, “Afraid,” by Nelly Furtado, “Touch my Body” from Mariah Carey. Love that.
WWD: So you like R&B?
S.N.: Oh yes, very much...I’d like to do something crazy with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. I learned to sing listening to R&B groups, Phil Spector stuff.
WWD: Anything else you’d like to do?
S.N.: I’d like to do an all girl choir with Michelle Branch and Sheryl Crow and Natalie Maines. I love singing with her.
WWD: Do you still talk to Courtney?
S.N.: I haven’t talked to Courtney in a long time. We formed a bond the last time before she got all messed up again. When she did the movie [The People vs. Larry Flynt], and came to my house and interviewed me for Spin or Interview Magazine. She was totally sober, and she was beautiful and so smart. I thought she was going to be a famous Academy Award winning actress. Then she fell apart. But if she called me and said “I need you,” I’d go to her. I love her. But you can’t tell people what to do. People say “Do you want to talk to Britney Spears.” I say “No.” Because nobody could talk to me back when I was having problems.
WWD: Do you have any regrets?
S.N.: The eight years I was on Klonopin.
WWD: You don’t even drink now, right?
S.N.: No. But not purposely. I used to have a shot of tequila before I went on stage and it would give me this acid thing. Finally, I said, “This isn’t worth it.” I can’t get a good enough buzz on one shot of tequila to risk having an acid bubble my entire show. And I don’t like watching drunk people. Especially women. My mom always said to me “Everybody forgets drunk men, but no one forgets a drunk woman.”