Rising U.K. alternative act The Ting Tings will begin recording its second album in February next year, Billboard.biz has learned.

According to singer Katie White, the group will return to its home studio in Salford, Greater Manchester to work on the follow-up to "We Started Nothing" (Columbia) as soon as their current touring commitments are over.

The Ting Tings, who consist of White and drummer Jules De Martino, begins a sold-out U.K. tour today (Sept. 23) at Newcastle Carling Academy and the dates conclude in Birmingham on Oct. 4; the band plays Wiltern Theatre, L.A. on Oct. 14. A European tour follows Nov. 7 to Nov. 23 and the band's biggest U.K. tour to date is scheduled for Feb. 25 to March 6, 2009.

Speaking about the decision to return to the industrial city of Salford, which lies next to Manchester and is where the duo wrote and partially recorded their debut, the singer explained that the band would get "distracted if they were somewhere more glamorous."

"I think that's why Manchester has such good music because you haven't got volleyball on the beach or water skiing, so you end up probably concentrating on your music a bit more," adds White.

"We Started Nothing" remains on the Billboard 200 - at No. 133 - after 16 weeks on the chart; it peaked at No. 78. "Shut Up And Let Me Go," which featured in an Apple iPod commercial, is at No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 after nine weeks on the chart. In the U.K., "We Started Nothing" has certified platinum album sales (300,000) according to the Official U.K. Charts Company.

White also revealed that following The Ting Tings' international success, a number of high-profile collaborations have been proposed, including working with former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Barker was critically injured in a South Carolina plane crash that killed four people on Sept. 19; he is expected to make a full recovery after being treated for burns.

"We played 'Shut Up And Let Me Go' at the [2008] MTV Video Music Awards with him and after the performance he asked if we'd like to collaborate on a song for his solo album," White stated prior to Barker's accident.

Other mooted collaborations that the band are interested in pursuing include working with U.K. rapper Dizzee Rascal, Eighties New York act The Tom Tom Club and Blondie keyboard player and songwriter Jimmy Destri.

Despite the group being in high demand, White remains determined to not let the pressure of following up "We Started Nothing" get to her.

"When we started this band we honestly thought that we weren't going to get anywhere. So we approached it from that weird point of view of feeling like you've got nothing to lose," says White.

"I think it's quite hard to keep that feeling when you're doing really well. Our main concern is just that we keep the mentality that we're free to experiment and if people don't like the second album, they don't like it. If they love it, they love it. We've got to write it for ourselves. We've just got to keep that mentality of feeling carefree."