Selena Gomez is plotting her return to music, and it's happening sooner than you might think. The newly single pop star has confirmed that she will release her next album in March 2013.
The news came from Ryan Seacrest, who spent Wednesday with Gomez in Dallas for an event tied to his Ryan Foundation. He wrote, "@selenagomez just told me new album in march fyi," including a photo of himself with smiling singer with the tweet.
The release marks her first entry into the music world since 2011's When the Sun Goes Down. And while the album spawned the hit "Love You Like a Love Song," and a Best Female Video VMA nomination for the clip, she has focused mainly on her acting career in 2012.
Little else is known about the album, but Gomez has made it clear that she wants to expand her musical horizons on it, sharing that she had dreamed to work with the likes of Fun. and Taylor Swift on the release.
"Very different! I want to go for producers that probably wouldn't want me to do their songs. I just want to knock on their door. I also want to work with Fun. I want to work with just different styles of music," she told MTV News back in June. "So I just want to do different things for this album. By the time it comes out, I'll almost be 21, so I want to be able to — wow, that sounds really scary! I want it to be older."
The news of her new music comes just days after she reportedly split from her boyfriend of nearly two years, Justin Bieber. Coincidentally, Bieber had written a song for the forthcoming release, no word yet on if that will be included on the album.
"The song was dope," will.i.am said of the track. "[Justin] was like, 'Yeah, I wrote it for Selena. It's great.' And it was really awesome. It was really, really dope."
But, even ahead of the split, Gomez made it clear that lyrically, the release wasn't going to be Bieber-specific. "It's not going to be necessarily, 'Here's my tell-all,' " she said. "It's going to be more of something that people could say, 'It could be that or it could be this or it could be that.' At the end of the day, I only make my music because I want it [to] be really fun, and if I could have people dance to it, relate to it, have a good time, that's all I want."
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