Listen: Is that "A Public Affair" we hear?

After nearly five years away from the music scene, Jessica Simpson confirmed that she's recording a new album, her first since the 2010 holiday release Happy Christmas. (Her last album-album was in 2008!) The pop-singer-turned-reality-star-turned-fashion-mogul told Extra about returning to music while teasing her other future plans. 

"Right now, I'm starting a record and I'm getting into a lot of other fun things," she told the TV show. "Fashion will always be a part of who I am. Literally, if I'm not wearing a good outfit, I can't sing a good song! It all kind of just works together. And I have a recording studio in my house so I can be around my babies as well."

While "singer" may not be the first term you associate with Jess in recent years, there's no denying she's crafted some absolute pop gems throughout the years. She's been dropping bubblegum-pop goodies since her 1999 debut, from early singles like "I Wanna Love You Forever" and "I Think I'm in Love With You" to later hits like "With You" and her cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'."

Simpson was also toootally ahead of the disco-funk pop sound invading radio today (see 2006's "A Public Affair," above). And the country-pop sound everyone from Shakira to Kelly Clarkson has tried to take a bite out of (check out "Come on Over" from 2008)? That was her, too. Before country was cool.