Britney Spears says she'll 'never return' to music industry, but has written 'over 20 songs' for others

By Lisa Respers France of CNN

Britney Spears says not to believe recent reports that she's working on a new album.

The singer took to her verified Instagram account on Wednesday (local time) to deny she's back in the studio, writing in the caption next to a famed painting of Salome, "Just so we're clear most of the news is trash!"

"They keep saying I'm turning to random people to do a new album… I will never return to the music industry," the caption read. "When I write, I write for fun or I write for other people!" 

Spears' last full album was Glory in 2016, marking her ninth studio album. In the time since, she's recorded occasional singles, including 2022's 'Hold Me Closer' with Elton John and last year's 'Mind Your Business' with

But according to her post to social media this week, even if she's released scant recent material herself, Spears has privately kept a foot in the business as a "ghostwriter."

"I've written over 20 songs for other people the past two years," she wrote. "I'm a ghostwriter and I honestly enjoy it that way!"

She also wrote that it was "far from the truth" that her 2023 biography The Woman in Me was released illegally without her approval.