The singer reunites with Rodney Jerkins to work on "up-tempo" material for a new album

By Jessica Herndon Marisa Laudadio
June 30, 2008 06:40 PM

Grammy-winning producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins says he’s working with Britney Spears on some “very dancey, really up-tempo, aggressive, catchy, and hook friendly” material for the singer’s next album.

“I’m trying some new things [with Spears] I’ve always worked with Britney and I love working with her,” Jerkins told Rap-Up TV last week at Interscope Geffen A&M’s Creme of the Crop dinner in Los Angeles. “I’m trying to reinvent her and reinvent myself with her project.”

Jerkins, who will produce two tracks on the untitled record, last worked with the pop star seven years ago on her self-titled Britney album, producing the remix for the track “Overprotected” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Despite pop star’s rocky year – including an ongoing custody battle with her ex-husband Kevin Federline and two hospitalizations – the producer stresses that one thing has remained the same about Spears: “She’s always professional.” He adds that while some artists take a long time to record a song, during a recent studio session, “[Britney] walked in at 8:30 and was out by 10:30.”

As far as Spears’s mind-set, Jerkins says she’s “working on the positive side.” Producer Sean Garrett, who has not yet gone into the studio with Spears but is set to work on her new record, also recently told PEOPLE, “I know she’s been doing a lot better You just want to give her the opportunity to get things back together.”

And it would seem that Spears is getting back on track. Over the weekend she engaged in some happy mommy time when sons Preston and Jayden had a sleep-over at her Studio City home.

Adds Jerkins: “It’s about to be her time again.”