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AUTHOR: Jocelyn Vena, MTV.com

Whether or not she returns to the “X Factor,” next season, Britney Spearsis definitely going to be hard at work in 2013. The singer confirmed that she is working on a new album in a Q&A session with her fans on Twitter.

During the chat, held Sunday, Spears dished a bit about the project. She wrote in a flurry of messages, “Working hard. Collaborating with some new inspiring producers. Really focused on my music right now.”

Rumors that Spears has been hard at work on her eighth studio album have been cooking up for some time now. Songwriter Elijah Blake (Rihanna, Usher) opened up to That Grape Juice about hitting the studio with Spears.

“I would say it’s definitely the ‘unexpected’ Britney in so many ways, in that she’s playing with new textures and stomping on new grounds and genres,” he shared earlier this month, adding that another top-line talent has also joined the project.

He said, “From talking to her, she’s definitely trying to push the envelope this time- and really talk from a more personal point of view and with Rodney Jerkins by her side I’m hella excited. You’re talking about Darkchild, the guy who changes music over and over again and never runs out of ideas. This album is gonna be crazy!”

Spears last released an album in March 2011 when she dropped Femme Fatale, launching singles like “Till The World Ends” and “I Wanna Go.” And while it’s been nearly two years since she gave her fans something of her own, she did recently join pal will.i.am on his song, “Scream & Shout.”

When MTV News caught up with the Black Eyed Peas frontman, he revealed why he’s always down to work with Spears.

“I would love to work with Britney again,” he said. “She has great energy in the studio; she’s a sweetheart, a doll of an artist and just a kind, kind person. And when she’s in the studio, nothing matters but the music. So that’s a great experience to have and share with somebody that loves music.”

While she may be hard at work on new music, one thing she isn’t plotting is her Bollywood debut. After Indian filmmaker Sadanandan Lucsam was quoted as saying that he was planning a musical number for Spears in his next film, her rep quickly shot down his claims.

Her rep tells Gossip Cop that there is “no truth whatsoever” to what he was quoted as saying. “They may have signed a Britney spears,” the rep added. “But if they did, it’s a different Britney Spears and [we] wish them good luck with their production.”

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