Britney Spears is looking forward to a return to performing.

Britney Spears is looking forward to a return to performing.

"This may sound weird, but I miss traveling," Spears tells People magazine. "I miss the road, seeing different places and being with the dancers and having fun. That feeling of being on the stage, knowing it's your best -- I love that. I needed a break. I needed to be hungry again."

The 24-year-old pop princess has been out of the music game for about a year-and-a-half during which she married former dancer Kevin Federline and gave birth to the couple's first child, Sean Preston.

Spears, who is recording an album slated to release later this year, says she thinks she can fill a "huge lull" in a dull pop scene. "It's been boring," she says. "Nothing's been 'wow' to me."

Spears' last release was the 2004 compilation "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative," the title track of which was a new recording of a hit Bobby Brown song. The Jive set bowed at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has sold XX copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Outside reworkings of 11 previously released tracks made up "Britney Spears Remixed," which was released in November 2005 and reached No. 134 on The Billboard 200.

Spears also told People that she rarely takes her son outside because she fears aggressive paparazzi.

"I don't really go out with him," Spears said. "And it's kind of sad because I can't walk down the street with a stroller. I'm not expecting people to pity me. I'm just telling the truth."

"I've pulled over and asked the cops, 'Could you please help me? They've been driving recklessly back there.' And they say, 'Sorry ma'am, I can't help you. This is how it is.' I mean, Princess Diana got killed by one of these people. They're crossing the line."

Last week, photos were published of Spears driving with her 4-month-old son sitting in her lap rather than strapped to a car seat in the back seat. She blamed aggressive behavior by the paparazzi, but conceded later it was a "mistake."

"I sound bitter," she told People in its Feb. 27 issue. "I'm not bitter. I'm doing great. I really am. I'm happy."

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