As of this morning, Britney Spears is back with a new single — not from a new album, but from The Smurfs 2 soundtrack — titled “Ooh La La.” And this one was inspired by the kids. Two particular kids, to be exact.
In a press release, Spears said, “I have always loved the Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest Smurfs fans EVER. I wanted to surprise them with a song in the movie. I know they’ll think it’s Smurftastic!”
The track will run over the film’s end credits when it opens on July 31. Director Raja Gosnell said in the release, “I am very excited that Britney is joining our smurfy adventure. ‘Ooh La La’ is the perfect Smurf-party song, and the perfect button on the film for audiences around the world.”
Gosnell isn’t the only director Spears has been working with on the project. On June 8, the singer tweeted a photo of herself from the playback of video recording sessions for the single, which is being filmed with noted music video director Marc Klasfeld.
No information is yet available about the video’s release date, but the single officially debuted this morning (June 17) across pop radio and online. It leaked nearly one month ago, so Britney fans may already be familiar with the track, which was produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Ammo.
Late last month, Spears hit the recording studio with “Scream and Shout” collaborator will.i.am to begin work on her eighth studio album. The Black Eyed Peas leader aimed to create a very personal environment previous to the recording sessions, as a way to set the tone.
Spears has not released a single since August 2011′s “Criminal,” off Femme Fatale.