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Britney Spears to take time off in 2012

Pop star Britney Spears is set to take an extended break in the New Year (12), according to her record label boss.

Joe Riccitelli, the executive vice president of promotion for RCA Records, has confirmed Britney Spears will relax and enjoy time out of the spotlight in 2012 after wrapping her mammoth 79-date Femme Fatale Tour earlier this month (Dec11).

But Joe Riccitelli insists there will be plenty of new material from Spears' chart contemporaries.

He tells radio station Hot 99.5, "She's going to take a little time off. (But) we're working on a Christina Aguilera release for later on this year, we're working on a new Usher project for later on this year, Pink is about to go back in the studio. We're excited about that."