Britney Spears Starts Work On "Surprising" New Album With US Songwriter

13 December 2012, 16:12 | Updated: 13 December 2012, 16:53

The 'Criminal' star is said to have started writing ready for her eighth studio outing.

Britney Spears has reportedly started working on music for her eighth studio album and is expected to "surprise" her fans with a new sound when the record gets unveiled.

The 'I Wanna Go' singer is currently preoccupied with her role judging on The X Factor USA but has allegedly found time to begin working on new material with US songwriter Elijah Blake.

"I think her fans will be surprised by it," Elijah revealed to ThatGrapeJuice this week, about his work with the 'Criminal' singer. "I would say it's definitely the 'unexpected' Britney in so many ways.

"In that she's playing with new textures and stomping on new grounds and genres."

The writer and singer further confirmed his involvement with Britney's new record after being quizzed by a fan on Twitter about the project.

"I've definitely had the pleasure of starting on something I think is going to be big with her," Elijah tweeted in response to a fan question.

Check out a picture of Britney Spears earlier this year at the Spirit Of Life Awards below:

Britney's latest musical release sees her feature as a guest vocalist on's latest single 'Scream & Shout', which was officially released this week after being brought forward due to popular demand.

Britney Spears' latest album was 2011's 'Femme Fatale'.