As rumors continue to swirl that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are getting fired from "The X Factor" U.S., the two singers are keeping busy by working on their respective next albums in Los Angeles. There are paparazzi photos that show Spears going into a recording studio on January 7, 2013, while Lovato was photographed heading into a recording studio on January 8, 2013. Several media outlets, including Digital Spy, are reporting that Lovato is collaborating with British girl group The Saturdays on a song since The Saturdays were seen in the same recording studio as Lovato.
The Saturdays have been living temporarily in Los Angeles to film and promote their reality show "Chasing the Saturdays," which has its U.S. premiere on E! Entertainment Television January 20, 2013. Rochelle Humes of The Saturdays is married to Marvin Humes of JLS, the male R&B/pop quartet that came in second place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2008. Marvin and Rochelle Humes got married in July 2012, and they are expecting their first child in 2013 on a date that they have not publicly announced.
As previously reported, Lovato's music video for "Pieces of a Heart" premieres on MTV on February 13, 2013. The song is expected to be on her fourth studio album (title to be announced) that is due out this year. Lovato is signed to Hollywood Records, which is part of the Disney empire. On March 6, 2013, she is scheduled to do a concert at Universal Studios Orlando in Florida, as previously reported.
In a Twitter chat with fans on December 29, 2012, Spears announced that she was working on her eighth studio album (title to be announced), but was vague on the details. She said she's "working hard" and "collaborating with some new inspiring producers" on the album's songs. When someone asked Spears if she is going to continue to be a judge on "The X Factor" in 2013, Spears dodged answering the question directly and said, "Really focused on my music right now."
Representatives for "The X Factor" U.S. refuse to comment on any changes the show will be making in 2013.
Spears was featured on Will.i.am's song "Scream and Shout," which was a Top 40 hit in several countries in December 2012. There is no word if the song is going to be on her next album, but "Scream and Shout" is confirmed to be on Will.i.am's album "#willpower," whose release date is to be announced.
Spears' eighth studio album is reportedly the last one that she owes on her contract with Sony Music. There is speculation that after her contract with Sony expires, she will sign with Island Def Jam Music Group, whose chairman/CEO is Barry Weiss, the former head of Jive Records. Spears was signed to Jive Records (which is now part of Sony Music) for most of her career until Sony shut down Jive in October 2011. She is now signed to Sony Music's RCA Records until her Sony contract expires. Island Def Jam is part of Universal Music, which is Sony Music's biggest rival.
Lovato and Spears joined "The X Factor" U.S. in May 2012 as replacements for fired judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. As of now, Simon Cowell is the only judge confirmed to return to the show in 2013. In December 2012, L.A. Reid quit the show's judging panel because he said that he wanted to spend more time focusing on his main job as chairman/CEO of Epic Records, which is a Sony Music label.
There have been reports that Reid wants to sign Spears to Epic. Insiders are saying that it is highly unlikely that Spears will stay with RCA unless the label outbids all other labels competing to sign Spears. Many people are predicting that she will sign with Island Def Jam because she will want to work with Weiss again since he was such an important part of her career.