Everyone woke up yesterday to the news that ‘N SYNC might be getting back together for just one night as MTV honours Justin Timberlake on Sunday with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. Then…

A countdown clock appeared on BritneySpears.com. As Billboard noted, it likely means that Britney will release a new single on September 17th which would be a prelude to the new album she’s been promising. JT’s The 20/20 Experience Part 2 is scheduled to drop two weeks later on September 30. Coincidence or conspiracy? (Thanks Estella!)

Britney’s been tweeting that she’s been busy with dance rehearsals and in the recording studio. In addition to collaborating with Will.I.Am, Sia tweeted at her the other day that she loved her vocal work. Maybe that’s why they, um, found that boyfriend for her. To focus.

Here’s Britney with David Lucado a few days ago.