Britney Spears spending summer in studio

Label, manager say she's working on 'Blackout' follow-up

NEW YORK -- Britney Spears is "spending her summer in the recording studio" to work on her next album, according to Jive Records and the artist's manager, Larry Rudolph.

Spears is said to be working "with a team of top-notch producers and songwriters" not named in the statement, but JR Rotem, Sean Garrett, Guy Sigsworth, Danja and Bloodshy & Avant have all independently revealed that they're contributing to the as-yet-untitled project.

The new album, for which no release date has been confirmed, will be the follow-up to last year's "Blackout," which has sold 879,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album was largely overshadowed by Spears' tabloid-fodder personal life and her disastrous performance of the single "Gimme More" during the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas.

As reported last week, Spears will appear in a video that will be used during a sequence of Madonna's upcoming tour.
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