Britney Spears Releases ‘Ooh La La,’ Talks ‘New Approach’ to Next Album

A month to date after it leaked online, Britney Spears’ bubblegummy single « Ooh La La » was officially released Monday morning on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show.

The song is Spears’ contribution to the upcoming soundtrack for « The Smurfs » and will play over the end credits when the movie hits theaters July 31.

Spears announced the ditty two months ago, calling it « Smurftastic. » The track does indeed slide into that Smurf-y sweet spot of sugary synth-pop; the pop superstar raps a little bit in the pre-chorus, and then concludes on the refrain, « Baby come with me and be my ooh-la-la. »

On Seacrest’s show, Spears tried to explain what the song and its lyrics mean.

« I think it doesn’t really certainly mean a certain phrase or anything, but it’s about feeling good, » Brit explained. « Like you make me feel like ‘ooh la la’ like when a guy makes you giddy… it’s more of a feeling. »

Produced by « Femme Fatale » collaborators Lukasz « Dr. Luke » Gottwald, Ammo and Cirkut, « Ooh La La » is highlighted by a compelling breakdown, full of scrambled vocals and dense beats, that lasts for 30 seconds beginning at the 2:35 mark.

Spears also updated Seacrest on the progress of her upcoming eighth album, which she and previously announced producer Will.i.am are in the « beginning stages » of formulating.

« I want to definitely take this album and have a new approach with it and make it a little different than anything I’ve ever done, » she said. « Will has a lot of really interesting different tracks that I’ve listened to that are really cool that I haven’t actually written on yet, but there’s a lot of guitar and I think people will be surprised with this album. It’s gong to be really different. »

The singer also revealed she’ll begin working with William Orbit, the Grammy-winning producer behind Madonna’s « Ray of Light, » starting next week. « I’ve never worked with him before so I’m really, really excited. »

As to when fans will be able to hear more new music, Spears added, « by the end of the year. » She also revealed that her much-discussed Las Vegas residency still isn’t locked in yet. « It’s quite possible, yes, [but] nothing’s confirmed yet. »