Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha have joined forces with Rita Ora for some major girl power.
Ora recruited the rapper and two of her pop peers for the single “Girls.” The new track is a shout out to those who are unapologetically themselves, and its pop beats and catchy lyrics have it on trend to become a serious summer jam. Hear it for yourself below.
“Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls / Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls girls,” the ladies sing on the chorus of the bi-curious song, which has us drawing comparisons to Katy Perry’s breakout hit “I Kissed a Girl.”
Ora—the one who brought the group together—told Metro that the song was inspired by the iconic girl gang of Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk from 2001’s “Lady Marmalade.” The 27-year-old British chanteuse also said a music video is currently in the works and will feature all three of her “boss women” collaborators.
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) May 11, 2018
“These past few years, I have 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,” said Ora in a statement. Ora told People that she wrote the song nearly two years ago but wasn’t sure her fellow pop peers would be as into it, so she let it sit while waiting for the perfect star-studded roster.
Most recently, Bebe Rexha scored a country No. 1 with Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant To Be” while Cardi B just dropped her highly anticipated debut studio album Invasion of Privacy. This is the first time Ora has collaborated with Cardi and Bebe, but she previously worked with Charli XCX—who is currently on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour—in 2015 on her Sucker single “Doing It.” As well, Ora appeared on a remix of Charli’s “After the Afterparty” the following year.
“Girls” is the first single off Ora’s long-awaited sophomore album, which has been pushed back to the fall. Fans haven’t received a new record from Ora since her 2012 debut but until then, Ora will be on her sold-out European Girls Tour kicking off in Glasgow on May 11.