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Spears back in studio working on album

July 17, 2008|Chris Lee | Times Staff Writer

Britney Spears is back in the studio and at work on a "brand-new album," according to a joint statement released by her manager, Larry Rudolph, and her label, Jive Records.

"Britney Spears is spending her summer in the recording studio," the statement, released Tuesday, says. "She's working with a team of top-notch producers and songwriters. We're very excited about what she's achieved so far."

No release date for her sixth studio album has been set, and none of her collaborators is named in the statement. But producers JR Rotem, Sean Garrett, Guy Sigsworth, Nate "Danja" Hills, Bloodshy & Avant and Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins have independently revealed that they are contributing to the project.

Spears released "Blackout" last fall, which opened at No. 2 on the national album chart and was ranked among Rolling Stone magazine's Top 50 albums of 2007. But its commercial reception was ultimately overshadowed by Spears' erratic behavior that year, which included shaving her head in a Sherman Oaks beauty salon, blowing off custody hearings and turning in a disastrous performance of the album's lead single, "Gimme More," at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.

Last month, Spears appeared at a video shoot for the Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up." And Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg confirmed that Spears was set to film a "short movie" for the Material Girl's upcoming tour.

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chris.lee@latimes.com

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