Girls (Rita Ora song)

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"Girls"
Girls (Official Single Cover) by Rita Ora.png
Single by Rita Ora featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX
from the album Phoenix[1][2]
Released11 May 2018 (2018-05-11)
Format
GenrePop
Length3:41
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Rita Ora singles chronology
"For You"
(2018)
"Girls"
(2018)
"Let You Love Me"
(2018)
Cardi B singles chronology
"Be Careful"
(2018)
"Girls"
(2018)
"Dinero"
(2018)
Bebe Rexha singles chronology
"Push Back"
(2018)
"Girls"
(2018)
"I'm a Mess"
(2018)
Charli XCX singles chronology
"Out of My Head"
(2017)
"Girls"
(2018)
"5 in the Morning"
(2018)
Music video
"Girls" on YouTube

"Girls" is a song by British singer Rita Ora, featuring American rapper Cardi B, American singer Bebe Rexha and British singer Charli XCX. The single was released on 11 May 2018 by Atlantic Records.[4] It was written by Ora, Klenord Raphael, Ali Tamposi, Rexha, Jonny Coffer, Jordan Thorpe, Belcalis Almanzar, Brian Lee, Watt and Benjamin Diehl, while the production was handled by Ben Billions, Coffer and Watt.[5]

Background[edit]

The collaboration was announced on 4 May.[6] Rita 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 [...]"[7]

Composition[edit]

"Girls" is a pop song[8] that comprises a hip hop-influenced beat.[9] The lyrics explore themes of same-sex attraction.[7][10][5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Girls" was released on 6 June 2018.[11] 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.[12] Her first televised performance was on the season finale of Germany's Next Topmodel on 24 May 2018.[13]

Criticism[edit]

American singers Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani, who identify as gay and queer respectively, criticized 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."[14] 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."[15] Several days later, Ora apologized for unintended offense.[16]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Girls" (featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX) – 3:41
  • Digital download[17]
  1. "Girls" (featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX) (Martin Jensen Remix) – 4:20
  • Digital download[18]
  1. "Girls" (featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX) (Steve Aoki Remix) – 3:45

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[19] 52
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[20] 62
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[21] 33
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[22] 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[23] 72
Croatia Airplay (HRT)[24] 24
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[25] 59
Europe (Euro Digital Songs)[26] 20
France (SNEP)[27] 138
Germany (Official German Charts)[28] 69
Greece Digital Singles (IFPI Greece)[29] 33
Hungary (Single Top 40)[30] 38
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[31] 37
Ireland (IRMA)[32] 26
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[33] 42
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[34] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[35] 73
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[36] 1
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[37] 27
Portugal (AFP)[38] 72
Romania (Airplay 100)[39] 50
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[40] 15
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[41] 31
Spain Digital Songs (PROMUSICAE)[42] 42
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[43] 66
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[44] 54
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[45] 22
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[46] 3
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[47] 6
US Pop Digital Songs (Billboard)[48] 14

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[49] Gold 35,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[50] 2× Platinum 80,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[51] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various 11 May 2018 Original Atlantic [citation needed]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Warner [53]
United States 22 May 2018 Rhythmic contemporary radio
  • Warner Bros.
  • Atlantic
[54]
United Kingdom 25 May 2018 Contemporary hit radio Warner [55]
8 June 2018 Digital download Steve Aoki Remix Atlantic [18]
15 June 2018 Martin Jensen Remix [17]

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