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Listen: Rita Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX & Bebe Rexha Drop Bisexual Banger 'Girls'

Friday May 11, 2018
Artwork for Rita Ora's "Girls," featuring Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha
Artwork for Rita Ora's "Girls," featuring Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha  (Source:Twitter / @RitaOra)

Pop superstars Rita Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha have teamed up and shared their new collaborative single, the bisexual anthem "Girls."

Ora enlisted the help of the three women for her latest single, which celebrates bisexuality.

"Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls / Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls girls," Ora, 27, and the rest of the crew sing jam. In her opening verse, Ora adds: "I am excited, I'm open-minded / I'm 50/50, and I'm never gonna hide it / You should know."

Ora spoke about "Girls" in an interview with People magazine just before the new single dropped.

"It's time for the girl-power, baby!" she said.

She also explained how the song came to be and how she got Charli XCX, Cardi B and Beb Rexha on board.

"I wrote this song, like, two years ago in London with my team, and I actually didn't think that much of it," Ora explains. "I knew it was a vibe when I first got it, but I never thought it was going to become a song that all my peers and my fellow musicians - the girls on the record - really wanted to jump on. So I kind of left it for a bit."

She added:

Then it got into Cardi's hands, and she loved it, and she was actually the first person to put a verse on it. I was like, "Wow, okay, this is really cool; I think this is going somewhere." Obviously I'm really good friends with Charli, and I played it for her and was like, "You know, I'd love if you just jumped on this song." And she was like, "Oh my god, Rita, this is such a f-ing smash, and it's so much fun." Charli's always really optimistic and outspoken, so I said, "All right, cool, do you wanna jump on it?" So she jumped on it.

Ora then told People that "Girls" has a powerful message, and that she looked at the track as "a real gender-fluid freedom record. I never looked at it as, 'Only females can listen to it' or 'Only males can listen to it.' It's for everybody."

"It really represents freedom and the chance to be what you want to be - and there being no judgment and just living your life as you want to live it," the signer added. "That's what this song represents to me every time I hear it."

The "Anywhere" singer went on to say "Girls" was inspired by Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," her debut single.

"That was the first song anyone heard of Katy Perry's, and it was just such a statement; it was so fun. I wanted to do something that was in that lane," she told People.

Ora then discussed her sexuality with the magazine.

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.

For me and my career, this is definitely the most open-booked I've ever been, if that's a word. I'm definitely an open book with this record, and I'm really proud of the support I've got with my fellow collaborators.


When People asked if she considers herself bisexual or fluid, Ora said: "I think the way...If people look at it like that, it's very narrow-minded, and I don't think that's what this record is. I don't think that that even matters. Yeah."

Ora also said she hopes "Girls" becomes a bisexual anthem.

"I definitely want it to feel like it's an anthem to somebody. I want there to be a sense of freedom for anyone who listens to it. So I'll take it!" she told People.

Listen to "Girls" below.


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