#LISTENUP: The ladies ARE doing the damn thing in 2018.
In case you’ve been out of the loop, Miss Rita Sahatçiu Ora has been serving up some of the most thoroughly enjoyable pop records over the last year, from “Your Song” to “Lonely Together” with the late Avicii to “For You” with Liam Payne to, most notably, “Anywhere.” She’s honestly putting in the work, and it’s time we give her some props.
A little over a week a go, Rita officially announced that she’ll be dropping a new single called “Girls.” The song’s line-up has been rumored to be several different people over the months but she’s finalized it with an all-star cast. Rita recruits a girl gang consisting of Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX for her latest single, “Girls.”
“Girls” is sort of like a 2018 version of the Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj rallying cry of “GIRL POWER!” combined with Charli‘s very own 2017 viral moment “Boys” — a feisty punch of female empowerment pop that feels undeniably fresh.
“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,” they chant throughout the spirited Ben Billions, Jonny Coffer and watt production. For a good bulk of “Girls,” Rita actually takes the backseat, allowing her star-studded crew of ladies to each have their own moment to shine.
Rita called the song 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,” she said in a statement. “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. I hope you dance your socks off with us!”
There are a lot of things to love about “Girls,” even if it doesn’t necessarily scream life-changing smash: The tripping dance pulse. Melodies galore. The thoroughly feel-good, chant-ready chorus. Cardi‘s raunchy verse, and the overall message. It really embodies joy — and, with proper effort, it will give these ladies the recognition they deserve.