Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, the producer behind pop smashes like Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" and Katy Perry's "California Gurls," talked about the secrets to his chart achievements in a keynote Q&A at the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference. Of his many upcoming projects, the most anticipated might be Britney Spears' follow-up to 2008's "Circus," which he is executive-producing alongside Max Martin.
"She's an icon," Gottwald said of Spears. "She's been around for a while and always delivers, so there's a lot for us to live up to."
Dr. Luke, who co-produced and co-wrote the title track to "Circus," said that he has not yet met with Spears to begin working on the album. However, the producer told the audience that he already has a few ideas in mind that will help shift the pop star's musical style.
"I want [the sound] to get harder in some ways," said Gottwald, "and maybe a little more deep into electronic -- grimier."
Spears has reportedly finished three new songs for the album, although Gottwald said that there's no timetable for a release. "We're early in the process," he said.