"Britney Spears is spending her summer in the recording studio, working on a brand new album," manager Larry Rudolph announced Tuesday in a statement released by Jive Records.
"She's working with a team of top-notch producers and songwriters, and we're very excited about what she's accomplished so far. No album release date has been confirmed yet."
Spears spent time in and out of the studio in the spring, fueling rumors of an upcoming album. But at that time it was "recreational," Rudolph insisted.
"She's been going to the studio, she's been having some fun. But it's all recreational for her," he told PEOPLE in May. "She's like, 'I want to go to the studio because I want to have some fun' and that's what it's all about. There's no schedule, there's no agenda, there's no anything. She is just enjoying herself."
In the studio, "She's giggly," he added. "Some days she'll go in and get nothing done. Some times she'll just play around a little bit."
Planning AheadBut Rudolph said there was a reason behind the playtime. "She's the type of person who has the eye of the tiger," he said. "She'll likely wake up one day and decide she wants to do more than that. Whether that is a day from now, a month from now or a year from now or five years from now, I have no idea."
Lucky for her fans, she woke up sooner rather than later.
After a difficult year that included an ongoing custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline and two well-publicized visits to the hospital, Rudolph says Spears is feeling strong and her old self again.
"She's got people around her that really care about her and are there to point her in the right direction in respect to the things she should be concentrating on – her life."
Last week, Spears filmed a video segment in Hollywood that is expected to be part of Madonna's upcoming Sticky & Sweet tour.
"Britney is getting back in touch with Britney," Rudolph said in May. "And she's doing an amazing job at that."