Madonna Readying New Album For Spring Release

Singer says she'll be recording new tracks 'until the end of the year.'

Madonna will soon move on from promoting her second directing effort, the tepidly received historical drama "W.E.," to finishing work on her upcoming 12th album.

In her first effort as part of her reported $120 million "360" deal with concert promotions giant Live Nation after leaving her career-long home at Warner Bros., Madonna has reportedly been hitting the studio with former collaborators William Orbit (Ray of Light) and French DJ Martin Solveig. While speaking to the press in Venice, Italy, during the Venice Film Festival, Madonna told a Swedish television service that she's done "a little bit of work" on the new album but plans to really get going on it when she returns to New York. She added that she'll be recording new tracks "until the end of the year,"

according to a Reuters report.

She said the first single is due out in February or March, with the full album following in the spring.

Over the summer, Madonna's manager, Guy Oseary, tweeted that she was planning to hit the studio in July for the new effort. "Madonna goes into the recording studio next month to begin work on new album ...," he wrote, adding just a few more nuggets of information about what fans can expect. "She has a good idea of which producers she will be working with ... lots of questions about what kind of music it will be ... stay tuned."

The news came six months after Madge got fans revved up with a tease about new music via a posting on her Facebook page. "It's official! I need to move. I need to sweat. I need to make new music! Music I can dance to," she wrote in December. "I'm on the lookout for the maddest, sickest, most badass people to collaborate with. I'm just saying ..."