Cheryl Cole's new album plans

We can now reveal why Cheryl Cole jetted back to LA earlier this month.

The former X-Factor judge has been recording new songs for her third album at the famous Sunset Marquis hotel studios.

The likes of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Chaka Khan have all recorded hits there in the past.

An insider said: "Cheryl has loved working at the studios. Some of the female singers that have worked there before are her all-time heroes. It's been the perfect place for Cheryl to plunge head-first back into work again."

In May Cheryl was axed as judge on the US X-Factor. She was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.

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