Listen up, Madonna fans, because the Material Girl is headed back to the studio.
While promoting her latest film, "W.E.," at the Venice Film Festival, the singer drop some hints about her next musical endeavor.
"I've started a little bit of work in the studio," she said in an interview with Swedish Sveriges Television when asked about her next album. She also added that she plans to return to New York and work on it through the end of the year.
According to the singer, the first single is expected to drop in February or March, with the album coming out in Spring 2012.
Her next album will be her first since severing ties with Warner Bros. Records and signing a deal with Live Nation, Billboard reports.
The yet-to-be-named album will follow 2008's "Hard Candy," which debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 3.8 million copies worldwide.
But right now, Madonna is focusing on her role as director of "W.E.," a film which tells the story of would-be King of England Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee for whom he gave up his chance at the throne.
"I identified with her in that I think it's very common when people become celebrities or public figures or icons that we are often reduced to a soundbite and that you're given a few attributes and then you're not allowed to have anything more than that," she said.