Bonnie McKee on Solo Return, Next Project: ‘Britney Spears Called Me’

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The pop star will be back with a new album this summer after penning hits for Katy Perry and Taio Cruz

Bonnie McKee hasn’t released an album since her 2004 debut, “Trouble.” The songwriting powerhouse has been focusing her efforts on creating hits for the likes of Katy Perry and Taio Cruz, co-writing chart-topping singles such as “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” and “Dynamite.” That doesn’t mean she hasn’t been working on her own material, however. In a recent interview with Billboard, the crimson-haired pop star revealed that she is currently finishing up a new album.

“I am putting out an album this summer on Epic,” McKee said at the pre-Grammy MusiCares event in Los Angeles, where Bruce Springsteen was recognized as the Person of The Year. “L.A. Reid was honored at the Grammys this year so I’m honored to be working with him. He’s a legend.”

The road to another solo set has been delayed by her numerous songwriting gigs -- not a bad problem to have.

"I just keep getting these opportunities I can't turn down!" she later added on the Grammys red carpet. "I only take offers I can't refuse. My heart is in being an artist."

One opportunity it sounds like she hasn’t turned down: working on Britney Spears' next album. "Britney Spears called me, but that doesn't mean anything yet," she teased.

As for her own music, McKee explained that she’s working with “all kinds of people” on her new material: “Greg Kurstin, Doctor Luke, Katy Perry, I’ll be writing with -- and several people from the Teddybears.” She alluded to some additional “well-known” collaborations.

The album release date is TBD, however, McKee says it will definitely be out this year. In addition, she is planning a full tour in support of the project. To build excitement behind her long-awaited release, McKee plans to release two new music videos in March.

“I did two music videos a couple of weeks ago – two videos in two days! It was about 16 hours of shooting both days. I felt like I got hit by a truck the next day but it was well worth it,” she said.

McKee added that her latest music videos will be on par with her visually surprising past releases.

“I gotta tell you I was really sore after filming – lots of harnesses and killing zombies and stuff,” she said. “You can look forward to that sometime soon.”

With reporting from Keith Caulfield in Los Angeles.