Britney Spears says making a new album is ‘not my full priority’

Singer is concentrating on motherhood as she is embroiled in fresh legal dispute

Britney Spears has revealed that she is focusing on motherhood rather than making a new album.

The singer has played a residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas since 2013, the year her most recent album Britney Jean was released. She said she is working on a new album, but that she is concentrating more on raising her sons, nine-year-old Sean and Jayden, eight, with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.

Spears told Billboard: “I’m going to do a new album slowly but surely. There’s a lot going on with my kids and schools. I’m going to do my best to make an amazing new album, but it’s not my full priority right now.”

Spears’ Planet Hollywood residency is scheduled to last until at least the end of 2015, having so far raised ticket money of $42 million (£27 million). Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph says the residency may extend until 2017, with the singer likely to focus on releasing on one-off singles until the shows end. He said: “Albums just aren’t as important in the digital age as they used to be. Britney will get to one eventually, just not right now.”

The news comes as a long-running legal battle involving Spears’ former manager Sam Lutfi was revived by a court in California. Lutfi is suing over unpaid commissions, having managed the singer from 2007 until 2008.

The original trial was stopped suddenly in 2013, but a California appeals court has decided that a jury should rule over Lutfi’s claims. Spears says she only had an unenforcable verbal contract with Lutfi. The manager, dubbed a “controlling svengali” by Spears, claims the singer’s drug abuse and intervention by her mother Lynne drove the pair apart.