Britney Working With Pharrell Williams On New Album

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Britney Spears plans to bid New York City farewell and head to Miami, where she’ll continue working on her new album over the weekend, sources tell PEOPLE.

Spears is recording her first original album since 2003’s In the Zone in studios in Miami, Los Angeles and New York City.

At a Louis Vuitton party in New York City on Thursday night, producer Pharrell Williams told PEOPLE he’d be helping out. Asked about upcoming projects, he said, “The stuff I’m about to do is amazing, but I don’t like talking about what I’m about to do.” He paused, then said, “Okay, I’m going in with Britney.”

Meanwhile, Spears was at Manhattan’s Sony Music recording studio from about 9:30 to 11:00 p.m. Thursday night, then back again from 12:50 to 5:30 Friday morning. After leaving the studio, on her way back to her hotel she stopped by a local drugstore, where she checked out baby items and tried on sunglasses and a Santa hat.

The pop star, who filed for divorce from Kevin Federline on Tuesday, has been in New York since last week. On Monday, she made a surprise visit to the Late Show with David Letterman. The following day, she took an ice-skating spin around Rockefeller Center, dined out with friends – and spent hours at the Sony Music Studio.

And just as Spears is on the move, so is her estranged husband. Michael Sands, a rep for Federline’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, tells PEOPLE that Federline is holding up fine despite the fact that the divorce filing “caught Kevin totally by surprise. I think Kevin’s doing pretty well, considering this disastrous situation. But I believe something good will come out of this.”

Federline, who performed at Chicago’s House of Blues on Wednesday, will be on the road promoting his debut album, Playing with Fire, through Nov. 24. A scheduled Friday-night performance at the House of Blues in Atlantic City was canceled, so instead he’ll be in Washington, D.C., for a listening party at the club Platinum. Then it’s off to Virginia Beach for a Sunday show, followed by a listening party in Miami on Nov. 17.

At the House of Blues performance, the venue was packed with a standing-room-only audience – though tickets were being given away free.

As for Federline’s effort to gain sole custody of his children with Spears, Sean Preston, 1, and Jayden James (born Sept. 12), Sands says, “Kevin’s interested in having as much time as he’s allowed with the kids, so he wants full legal and physical custody, with visitation rights for Britney.” He adds, “If there were no kids involved, it would be easy, but it’s going to take time to iron out a lot of different issues.”

Source: People Magazine

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