Sam Smith is working on new music with hit producer Timbaland

The producer is behind global hits for Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado and Missy Elliott.

Sam Smith has been a bit quiet of late; and if you were assuming he'd been beavering away in the studio working on album two, well, you'd be absolutely right.

The singer-songwriter has been pictured in a recording studio with Timbaland by the man himself, posting a snap of the pair on his Instagram page.

"It was a pleasure working with this man," he said, adding "#puretalent, #making memories" and a load of fire emojis.

Could Sam's new music have an R&B flavour to it? Timbaland's recent credits include the last Justin Timberlake album (the one with Mirrors on it), Michael Jackson's posthumous Xscape album, and he had a hand in a number of songs on Beyonce's self-titled record.

The hitmaker is also behind big tracks for Rihanna, Kanye, Aaliyah, Brandy and Jay Z.

Sam's debut album, In The Lonely, was a huge success across the globe, reaching the Top 10 just about everywhere. The collection spent eight non-consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart and has sold over one million copies

MORE: Sam Smith's complete Official UK Chart history

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