So Much For ‘Taking Time Off’: Britney Previews New Song On L.A. Radio Station

'Mona Lisa' was recorded last fall, before singer injured her knee.

Just weeks after Britney Spears announced that she was taking an extended break from her career to focus on her family, she’s plunging into work on a new album. A spokesperson from Jive Records confirmed that Spears is in the “very early” stages of working on an album, which is not yet on the label’s release schedule.

In a surprise visit, Spears played a rough mix of a song from the album Thursday night on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles to get some fan reaction. “We got a call on the request line from Britney Spears saying she wanted to come by and play her new song,” KIIS-FM music director Julie Pilat said. “Then she showed up and world-premiered her new song,” which is called “Mona Lisa.”

“It definitely has the raw thing going on it,” Spears said during her station visit. “I recorded this song when I was on tour, right before I hurt my knee [see “Britney’s Fall: The Never-Before-Seen Footage” ]. It was done, I think, four or five months ago. My band, we didn’t use ProTools or anything with it. It’s all live. There’s a lot of stuff you can do to make it better. It’s going to get better. It will get better — this is a really, really rough mix.”

Spears dedicated the song — a slinky, midtempo number with a descending synth line that recalls ‘NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me” — to all the “legends and icons out there.” The song’s lyrics begin, “Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve got a story to tell/ About Mona Lisa, and how she suddenly fell/ See, everyone knew her, they knew her so well/ Now I am taking over to release her from her spell.” The song continues to lament Mona Lisa’s “fall,” calling her “unforgettable” and “unpredictable,” and cautions listeners not to have a “breakdown”: “You will hit the freakin’ wall.”

Though Spears said she wants “Mona Lisa” to be the first single from the new album, she hasn’t yet decided on a title for the project, though she’s leaning toward The Original Doll. “It’s untitled right now,” she said during her visit to KIIS-FM. “It’s not even all the way done.” She also said that she hoped to release the album “probably before summertime, or maybe a little sooner than that.”