Singer/actress Hilary Duff is preparing to make a return to the pop charts with her first album of new material in six years.

The So Yesterday star, who gave birth to her first child last year (12), admits she is eager to get started on new songs for her next project so she can hit the road and showcase her tracks to her fans.

She says, "I'm going to focus on my music. It's been a long time coming. I'm finally buckling down and getting in the studio.

"I really miss touring. I really miss connecting with my fans in that way."

Duff's third studio album, Dignity, hit retailers in 2007 and a greatest hits project was released in 2008.