According to The Mirror, the 49-year-old singer's follow-up to the record-breaking I Dreamed A Dream will feature collaborations with "cool" artists.
A source said: "They are looking at ballads and more musical style stuff, but this time around they want to try to make her a recording artist - original material and giving Susan a chance to show what she's really all about.
"She's got an opportunity to find herself and she loves all sorts of music - including rap.
"Her management know that she's a huge success around the globe and if she were to work with one of the big stars of the rap world they know they'd probably have an instant hit on their hands if it was done correctly," the insider continued.
"Susan's open to anything right now and is looking forward to seeing what comes out of her more urban recording and writing sessions. They have songs lined up for Susan and they are a real departure from her first album."
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