Britney Spears is set to go head-to-head with Whitney Houston in a Christmas battle.
The 'Toxic' singer - who is currently trying to get herself back on track following her public breakdown which saw her admitted to a psychiatric hospital earlier this year - has impressed bosses with her new material and now they want her to take on equally-troubled Whitney in an end of the year album war.
A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Britney has been on fire in the studio of late. During recording sessions for her last album 'Blackout' she was consumed by her private life.
"But she is determined to make a triumphant comeback. Her bosses have been amazed by the quality of tracks they've heard. Whitney is set for another relaunch at the same time later in the year. They are determined Britney will come out on top."
Whitney - who has previously battled drink and drug addiction and recently divorced husband Bobby Brown - is set to work with some of the biggest music stars in the world on her new album.
She will collaborate with will.i.am, R. Kelly and John Legend and teams up with Akon on her next single.