Britney Spears Quits X Factor, Citing Music Focus

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As has been rumored pretty much since the minute Season 2 sputtered to a close, Britney Spears will not be back on The X Factor this year.

However, new intel indicates it's entirely by choice - hers.

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Sources say there is no bad blood or in-fighting involved; Britney loves the show but wants to focus on her music, which she's working on right now.

If that's just an excuse to get off this sinking ship, it's a good one.

And true. Brit's in the studio recording her 8th album, with and producer Hit-Boy, the brains behind Kanye and Jay-Z's "N****s in Paris."

"Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovato but her thing is music," says an insider.

After she completes the album, Britney is considering a tour ... where she'll likely make way more than the $15 million X Factor would pay her to sit there awkwardly.

Life is good.

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I miss it here so much! I love it so much! It makes me it's kinda like bittersweet coming here because I used to live here for two years. And when I come here, it's like, man, I wish I had my apartment here still.

Britney Spears [on New York City]

MTV has long played an important role in my career. How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs?

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