Put down the Cadbury Creme eggs and sit the fuck down: Lily Allen might actually be recording new music.

Despite announcing her retirement from the music industry following the release of her impossibly amazing Greg Kurstin-produced sophomore record It’s Not Me, It’s You in 2009, the “Smile” songstress was photographed smoking outside of London’s RAK Studios last week (photos here), where she was reportedly tinkering with some new tunes.

According to the Daily Star‘s James Ingham, an insider confirmed that Allen was working on new music and claims that a new album could be on the way “as early as next year.”

From the Daily Star:

The singer, 26, was at RAK Studios in St John’s Wood last week writing new material and I’m told she plans to record her third album there later this year.

A music industry insider revealed: “Lily has been in the studio trying different sounds and writing new tracks.

“She’s not at a stage where she can start recording but the new album is definitely underway and there’s a chance it could be released early next year.

Could it be? Have my prayers finally been answered?

If so, move over baby Jesus–the return of Queen Lily Rose Beatrice Allen Cooper is the true Easter miracle this year.

It’s Not Me, It’s You was released in February of 2009. (iTunes)