Bitches (Tove Lo song)

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"Bitches"
Tove Lo - bitches.png
Single by Tove Lo featuring Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant and Alma
from the album Blue Lips
Released 7 June 2018 (2018-06-07)
Format Digital download
Length
  • 3:11 (single version)
  • 2:17 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Ali Payami
Tove Lo singles chronology
"Colorblind"
(2017)
"Bitches"
(2018)
"Blow That Smoke"
(2018)

"Colorblind"
(2017)
"Bitches"
(2018)
"Blow That Smoke"
(2018)
Charli XCX singles chronology
"5 in the Morning"
(2018) 5 in the Morning2018
"Bitches"
(2018) Bitches2018
"Focus"
(2018) Focus2018
Icona Pop singles chronology
"Faded Away"
(2018) Faded Away2018
"Bitches"
(2018) Bitches2018
Elliphant singles chronology
"HZE"
(2018) HZE2018
"Bitches"
(2018) Bitches2018
Alma singles chronology
"Out of My Head"
(2017) Out of My Head2017
"Bitches"
(2018) Bitches2018
Music video
"Bitches" on YouTube

"Bitches" (stylised in lowercase letters) is a song by Swedish singer Tove Lo from her third studio album, Blue Lips (2017). The official remix featuring Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant and Alma was released on 7 June 2018 as a single.[1]

Background and development[edit]

On 28 October 2016, Lo released her second studio album, Lady Wood, which is split in two parts, "Fairy Dust" and "Fire Fade".[2] Two short films inspired by these two chapters were released on YouTube and Vevo. The first one, Fairy Dust, was released on 31 October 2016, three days after the album's release. It is based on the first six songs of the album; however, "Bitches", at that time titled "(What I Want for the Night) Bitches", was played during the film's end-credits scene.[3] A live version of the song was recorded and released on Spotify.[4] The singer also performed the song on her Lady Wood Tour.

The studio version of the song was later included on Lo's third album, Blue Lips, released on 17 November 2017.[5]

On 4 June 2018, Lo announced the remix of the song, featuring Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant and ALMA, which was released as the second single from Blue Lips on 7 June 2018, alongside the music video.[1][6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Bitches", directed by Broad City director Lucia Aniello, was released on 7 June 2018, and has over 3 million views.[7] The video features Broad City actor Paul W. Downs and actress Jessy Hodges as a couple who go to the supergroup for training on how to spice up their sex life. The video shows the couple being applied with BDSM accessories, before educating them about various sex tips and the singers putting the couple in a cage to take a break to eat sushi takeout. The video ends with Downs' character showing what he has learned, ducking offscreen under his partner as the singers dance in a room with multicolored neon lights.[1][8]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[9]
  1. "Bitches" – 3:11

Credits and personnel[edit]

Adapted from Tidal.[10]

  • Tove Lo – lead vocals, composer, lyricist
  • Elliphant – featured artist, composer, lyricist
  • Nicki Adamsson – composer, lyricist
  • Ali Payami – composer, lyricist, producer, programmer, studio personnel
  • Charli XCX – featured artist
  • Alma – featured artist
  • Icona Pop – featured artist
  • Chris Galland – mixing engineer, studio personnel
  • Björn Engelmann – mastering engineer, studio personnel
  • Robin Florent – assistant mixer, studio personnel
  • Scott Desmarais – assistant mixer, studio personnel
  • Manny Marroquin – mixer, studio personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Trendell, Andrew (7 June 2018). "Tove Lo unveils NSFW video for new remix of 'Bitches' featuring Charli XCX, ALMA, Icona Pop and Elliphant". NME. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  2. ^ Sonis, Rachel (17 August 2016). "Tove Lo's Second Album 'Lady Wood' Will Be Released In October". Idolator. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  3. ^ Feeney, Nolan (31 October 2016). "Tove Lo's Lady Wood short film previews new music". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Spotify Singles by Tove Lo".
  5. ^ Bruner, Raisa (17 November 2017). "Sex-Positive Pop Party Queen Tove Lo on Her New Album Blue Lips". Time. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  6. ^ Jones, Abby (5 June 2018). "Tove Lo Teases New Single 'Bitches' Featuring Charli XCX, Alma, Icona Pop & Elliphant". Billboard. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Tove Lo "Bitches" ft. Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant, & Alma: Video". Spin. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  8. ^ "Tove Lo Recruits Charli XCX, Icona Pop & More For Titillating 'Bitches' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  9. ^ "bitches – Single by Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant & ALMA". iTunes Store (Australia). Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Try the TIDAL Web Player". listen.tidal.com. Retrieved 2018-06-13.