"Femme Fatale," Britney Spears ' seventh studio album, has a lead single that has topped the Hot 100, official album artwork, and a Mar. 15 release date that is slowly approaching. However, executive producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, tells Rolling Stone  that he and a band of A-list producers are still finalizing the follow-up to 2008's "Circus."
"It's not done," says Dr. Luke, who helmed lead single "Hold It Against Me" along with the album's co-executive producer Max Martin and Billboard (who is a producer). "We're in the middle of it right now. It's a little bit fluid right now. I can't even say at this stage what songs for sure are making it and what songs aren't. We're working with a lot of producers and overseeing it with her A&R and record label and management and trying to make something cohesive."
The producer confirmed that he and Martin will be involved with several songs on "Fatale," while "Toxic" co-producer Bloodshy and "Circus" co-producer Benny Blanco will also contribute production to the record. Spears announced the title and revealed the album artwork to "Fatale" on Wednesday (Feb. 2), writing on Twitter , "This album is for you, my fans, who have always supported me and have stuck by me every step of the way! I love you all!"
Dr. Luke also revealed that "Hold It Against Me," Spears' latest single which slips to No. 8 on this week's Hot 100, might have never been hers to sing -- fellow female pop star Katy Perry  was originally considered to handle the vocals.
"We might have played it for her, but it definitely wasn't a Katy Perry record," Dr. Luke says. "We had it for a while. I wanted to make sure it didn't sound like everything else I've done. I brought it into Billboard, and he just killed it. It can be hard in the verse, and the bridge is super, super hard, but the chorus is super-pop. You can play that chorus acoustically on a guitar and it's still going to sound great."
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