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"Girls" is a collaboration between British singers Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX and American rapper Cardi B. It is track number eleven and the third single from Ora's upcoming album, Phoenix. The song was released on 11 May, 2018 by Atlantic Records.[1] It was written by Ora, Klenord Raphael, Ali Tamposi, Jonny Coffer, Jordan Thorpe, Belcalis Almanzar, Brian Lee, Watt and Benjamin Diehl, while the production was handled by Ben Billions, Coffer and Watt.

Background Edit

The collaboration was announced on 4 May, 2018.[2] Ora described the song as an "empowering anthem":

"These past few years I've been so inspired by all the strong women I've seen who aren't afraid to be themselves. For those who aren’t afraid to rule the world, this is our anthem. A celebration of love. And of course, thank you to all the fellow boss women who so kindly graced this song with me — each representing who they are and where they are from [...]"
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Theme Edit

The song tackles themes of female empowerment, self-love, and bisexuality. It finds the four performers "entertaining the thought" of getting intimate with other women, as described by XXL.[4]

The first two lines of the song are possibly an allusion to Lara Croft, an extremely influential British video game character who started off as an icon for women empowerment and who also later became a gay icon. The line is touching on how Lara Croft was one of the first female video game characters who had her own narrative and did not rely on men. She set a standard in the media for the changing roles of women in society at the time, and also helped many women discover their sexuality by showing it was okay to be in tune with one's own body. Rita and Charli are both British, so chances are they both have been exposed and are fans of this icon, hence the line.

Ora also implies throughout the song that she is sexually attracted to both males and females.

In an interview with People, Ora said:

"I knew people were going to look into it like that. I definitely said it because I can — and it was one of those things where, if I was 50/50… I’m not saying I’m 70/30… I’m 50/50, and I’m not gonna hide it. I’m not hiding what I am, who I am, if I wanna do this, if I wanna do that. That’s just how it’s gonna be.
[5]

Not only has her bisexuality been hinted in interviews and songs, but also rumored from public friendships, such as that with model Cara Delevingne. When asked if the friendship had transitioned to a sexual encounter since to people it seemed ambiguous, she responded:

"Well that's the point."
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Ora has also stated:

"And Girls is one of my exciting songs which I can’t wait for people to hear. It’s like the record I made to, it’s my twisted way of showing love for the girls in this industry."
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Composition Edit

Girls is a pop song[8] that comprises a hip-hop-influenced beat.[9]

Music video Edit

The music video for Girls was released on 6 June, 2018.[10] It was directed by Helmi.

Live performances Edit

Ora performed the song live for the first time at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend on 28 May, 2017, with Charli XCX and Raye, one year before its release as an official single.[11] Her first televised performance was on the season finale of Germany's Next Topmodel on 24 May 2018.[12]

Controversy Edit

American singers Hayley Kiyoko, who identifies as a gay woman, and Kehlani, who identifies as queer, criticised the song for being "harmful" to the LGBTQ community. Kiyoko referred to the song in a tweet she posted as being "tone-deaf", stating that the song "fueled the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women."[13] Kehlani voiced her opinion in a series of tweets, "I have an incredible song out with one of the artists, and would love to work with the other three as well. I have met them all and respect them. There. Were. Harmful. Lyrics." She concluded her tweets with: "Every artist on the song is fantastic, and very much loved and supported by me... by all of us. But this isn't about talent, it's about choice."[14] Several days later, Ora apologised for unintended offense.[15]

Lyrics Edit

[Verse 1: Rita Ora]
Her name is Lara, we learned a lot, ah
How to do it, like we do it like we wanna
We just know, we just know
I ain't one-sided, I'm open-minded
I'm fifty-fifty and I'm never gonna hide it
You should know, eh, you should know, ayy

[Pre-Chorus: Charli XCX]
All summer, we've been in the 'bu
'68 Chevy with nothin' to do
Just rollin' J's, kush lovin'
And last night, yeah, we got with the dude
I saw him, he was lookin' at you
So I said, "Hey," kush lovin'

[Chorus: Rita Ora & Charli XCX]
Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Girls, girls, girls, girls, girls

[Verse 2: Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX]
You know I tamed it, and then I named it
I put the lion in the cage and then I laid with
Her all night (all night), her all night, yeah
I'm the hunter and she the prey, yeah
I'm the thriller and the killer and the savior
Up all night, we up all night, yeah (do it one more time)

[Pre-Chorus: Rita Ora with Bebe Rexha]
All summer, we've been in the 'bu
'68 Chevy with nothin' to do
Just rollin' J's, kush lovin'

[Chorus: Bebe Rexha, Rita Ora & Charli XCX]
Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
(yeah yeah, yeah yeah)
Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
(you know that I do)
Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Girls, girls, girls, girls, girls

[Bridge: Charli XCX, Rita Ora, Both & (Cardi B)]
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah
Oh, we can go up
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah (Rita)
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah (look, Cardi)

[Verse 3: Cardi B]
Now I could be your lipstick, just for one night (one night)
Girls just wanna have fun and have their funds right (yeah)
I mean, say my name, say my name, say my name (say my name)
It tastes good just rollin' off your tongue, right? (Hurrr)
I put this MAC on your lips, so pucker up (mwah)
We ain't never heard of you 'cause you ain't done enough (no)
And I don't gotta introduce myself (Cardi!)
I'm too sexy, I seduce myself (Bardi!)
Seven-figure, never need a nigga (nope)
I steal your bitch, have her down with the scissor
Tonight, I don't want a dog, I want a kitten (eeeooowww)
I might French a girl from Great Britain

[Chorus: Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX & Cardi B]
Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls (oh yeah)
Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls (oh yeah)
Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls
Girls, girls, girls, girls, girls

[Outro: Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX & Cardi B]
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah (yeah)
She likes, she likes (aha)
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah (yeah)
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah (ah-ha)
She gettin' down with me, yeah-ah
Girls, girls, girls, girls, girls
Hehehehe-aha (hahahahaaa)

Gallery Edit

Track listing Edit

    • Digital download
  1. "Girls" (featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX) – 3:41
    • Digital download[16]
  1. "Girls" (featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX) (Martin Jensen Remix) – 4:20
    • Digital download[17]
  1. "Girls" (featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX) (Steve Aoki Remix) – 3:45

Charts Edit

Certifications Edit

Release history Edit

References Edit

  1. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/music/news/rita-oras-new-single-featuring-cardi-b-charli-xcx-and-bebe-rexha-is-released-36896034.html
  2. http://www.nme.com/news/music/rita-ora-charli-xcx-cardi-b-bebe-rexha-collaboration-girls-2308364
  3. http://www.rap-up.com/2018/05/10/new-music-rita-ora-cardi-b-bebe-rexha-charli-xcx-girls/
  4. http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/new-music/2018/05/rita-ora-girls-cardi-b-bebe-rexha-charli-xcx/
  5. http://people.com/music/rita-ora-releases-girls-bisexual-anthem/
  6. http://hashtaglegend.com/post/getting-real-rita-ora-june-legend-cover-story
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43OSLemqruo
  8. https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/rita-ora-taps-cardi-b-bebe-rexha-and-charli-xcx-for-girls-new-song.1978510.html
  9. https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/05/cardi-b-charli-xcx-bebe-rexha-girls/
  10. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-rita-ora-cardi-b-share-a-kiss-in-girls-video-w521156
  11. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0548g7n
  12. https://www.instagram.com/p/BjKUfbeHYgm/
  13. https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8455687/hayley-kiyoko-rita-ora-girls-response-cardi-b-charli-xcx-bebe-rexha
  14. http://www.complex.com/music/2018/05/hayley-kiyoko-criticizes-rita-ora-new-track-girls
  15. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rita-ora-addresses-girls-controversy-comes-out-as-bisexual-w520291
  16. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/girls-feat-cardi-b-bebe-rexha-charli-xcx-martin-jensen/1393028279
  17. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/girls-feat-cardi-b-bebe-rexha-charli-xcx-steve-aoki/1391868420