During the launch of her new lingerie line (...), Britney confirmed to E! that she's begun work on her 9th studio album. She stated that she plans to take her time with it, but that she wants it to be "artsy and different and out there." This is addition to the picture Britney posted on her Instagram account, showing herself in front of a mic with her trusty menthols nearby.
As long as it's the complete opposite of last year's disappointing Britney Jean, we should be in good shape.