Matt Sayles, AP
Rumors of a new Britney album began swirling during the Fall of 2009, shortly after the release of her compilation album, 'Singles Collection.' In November, Ace Showbiz reported that the new album would be released in June, 2010, following a tweet from famed producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jenkins, which read, "In the studio creating a smash for Britney right now!!! Got the call this morning!!! January we start!!!" This February, however, a rep from Spears' label confirmed that the new album would not come out by June. "There is no scheduled release date for a Britney album at all," the rep told JustJared.com "There has been zero discussion about it."
As of yet, neither Spears nor her label has named a specific release date for the still untitled album, although Britney's manager Adam Leber confirmed via Twitter that the artist wouldn't be performing at this year's Video Music Awards because she's still "heavily focused on finishing her album which is incredible so far!"
Although no tracklist has yet been released for Britney's seventh studio album, MTV reports that it will likely be "hard-hitting" and "uptempo." "We're getting things together," said producer-songwriter Danja, who is working with Spears on her new opus. "I've actually been doing tracks that I love, and I can't wait to go into full production mode, but more or so [we're in] pre-production than anything." As for the stylistic direction Spears will take with her new album, Danja says it's all up in the air. "We can start one way and end up a totally different way, I really don't know," Danja explained. "I'm definitely gonna do my part and try to make it hard-hitting, uptempo, high-energy. That's what I think we need and that's what I'm gonna shoot for."
MTV also reports that producer Darkchild, the same producer who put together Lady Gaga and Beyonce's famed 'Telephone' video, will collaborate with Spears on her new album. Although Spears originally passed on 'Telephone,' Darkchild says he's confident that he'll be able to "write an international smash for her new album." He explains, "hopefully, you know, she'll get these hits and not let anyone else get 'em and keep 'em for herself. Y'know what I mean."
At this point, we'll still have to wait a little longer to hear more details about Britney's new sound, and any other artists contributing to her new album. Snoop Dogg, however, has already made clear that he would love to offer his services for the new record. The rapper, who collaborated with Spears on a never-released 2003 video 'Outrageous,' recently posted a characteristically awesome video on YouTube, in which he openly expressed his desires to work with the now legendary artist.