Singer said to be 'putting finishing touches' to new album

Cheryl Cole will release the first single from her third studio album in March, according to reports.

The Daily Star Sunday claims that the Girls Aloud singer is “putting the finishing touches” to the as-yet-untitled LP, and also believes it is her finest album so far.

A source close to the singer said:

Cheryl’s almost finished her third album and she’s confident it’s her best by far. She’s just putting the finishing touches to it before a release date is scheduled. But the plan is to have a single out by spring, possibly as early as March.

They went on to add: “Cheryl is thrilled with the album. She felt she rushed her second album in order to get it released in time. But she’s really taken her time for this one and feels so positive about the music.”

In October last year, it was reported that Cole was eager to work with hip-hop stars Eminem and Nicki Minaj on the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ so she could produce a more “urban vibe”. A source said the album had “a real old-school flavour to it”.

Earlier this week, it was reported that her Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding was facing assault charges after allegedly attacking her then boyfriend on New Year’s Eve. Her ex-partner, Theo De Vries, is also facing charges.