Britney Spears
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Just before the new year, Britney Spears confirmed in a Twitter Q&A that she was indeed “working hard” on her next album, and that she was “collaborating with some new inspiring producers.”

Which is intriguing! But who are these producers providing Britney with inspiration? Details are still scant, and Spears’ rep says that the album’s still in its early planning stages. But the rep did drop a few details, telling us that Britney “hasn’t worked with Elijah Blake,” despite the rumors. That bit of buzz began when Blake, a writer who sometimes goes by Sean Fenton and has worked with the likes of Usher and Rihanna, said in an interview that he was working with Britney on her new album. We’ve reached out to him for a comment but have yet to hear back.

But the rep did drop some names of people who are working on the album with Britney — like the recently inescapable Hit-Boy, the aptly named producer behind Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “N—-s in Paris,” A$AP Rocky’s “Goldie,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle,” and other major 2012 jams.

Of course, there’ll be seasoned Spears vets helping out too., for instance, will be pitching in again.

Pick up our 2013 Forecast issue next week (on stands 1/11) to find out more details.

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