Madonna has given fans an Independence Day (04Jul11) treat - by returning to the studio to record a new album.
The pop superstar put her music career on hold last year (10) so she could concentrate on the launch of her Material Girl clothing line and her directorial debut, W.E.
But now those two projects have wrapped, it's back to basics.
Confirming the news via Twitter.com, Madonna's longtime business partner Guy Oseary writes, "It's official... Madonna's 1st day in the recording studio for the new album... Very exciting.. Happy 4th of july."