Britney Spears will NOT be a judge on "X Factor" next season -- and it's entirely her doing.
Unimpeachable sources say Britney loves the show but wants to focus on her music ... which she is doing right now. Britney is in the studio recording her 8th album, with some help from Will.i.am and producer Hit-Boy, the brains behind Kanye and Jay-Z's "N****s in Paris."
One source says ... "Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovato but her thing is music."
Sources say after she completes the album, Britney is seriously considering going on tour again.