For her fourth album, Britney Spears is drawing on past inspirations while looking ahead to some out-of-this-world production and help from a couple of punks.
Phoning in to "TRL" on Friday, Spears said she'll again work with producer Rodney Jerkins for the follow-up to last year's Britney. Jerkins, the hitmaking mastermind behind tunes by the Backstreet Boys, Brandy and Destiny's Child, produced the Britney cover of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," an Arrows song made popular by Joan Jett.
The pop princess also told trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter that she had taken meetings while in Europe with producer William Orbit (Madonna, Blur) and electronic duo Daft Punk about possible collaborations. Her working with Orbit was suspected in November, but Spears wouldn't spill (see "Britney Spears' Hiatus Is History").
"I can't tell you. Then it won't be cool when it comes out," she said.
Although she proclaimed a hiatus in July, following her Dream Within a Dream tour, Spears began dabbling with new ideas a few weeks later. She plans to work in earnest on the LP in January.
And like Pink and more recently Nick Carter, Spears might to go more rock on her next venture and perhaps delve deeper into hip-hop, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But it can't be forced, she told the magazine — it's got to be an organic evolution.
"It should just happen naturally from the way you feel. ... I'm in the studio just doing my thing and letting it flow. Whatever happens, happens."