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.”