Could there be a dreamier pop collab — a true banger match made in heaven — than Cardi B and Charli XCX? Cardi’s charisma and rap abilities matched with Charli XCX’s pure pop sensibilities are about to team up, along with Rita Ora and Bebe Rexha, for a sequel to Charli’s 2017 ode to boys aptly titled Boys.
The sequel, titled Girls, is bound to be the anthem of the summer, dropping next Friday May 11. “I’m so happy to finally announce my new single GIRLS feat some amazing powerful women who have inspired me so much!”, Ora wrote on Twitter. Ora and Charli XCX have teamed up before, collaborating on Charli XCX’s “Doing It” in 2015.
I’m so happy to finally announce my new single GIRLS feat some amazing powerful women who have inspired me so much! Thank you ?@iamcardib @beberexha @charli_xcx ! OUT 11th MAY ? pic.twitter.com/Qc9fKEClh2
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) May 4, 2018
Ora’s second album, a follow-up to her 2012 debut album Ora, has been a long time coming, with news of it being delayed until fall 2018. But in the meantime, we’ll get this “Lady Marmalade”-inspired treat — Ora is said to have been inspired by the 2001 “Lady Marmalade” music video starring Christina Aguilera, Pink and Lil’ Kim.
She rightfully turned to pop alchemist Charli XCX for the ideal fem-pop anthem. Charli’s known for a long list of feminist collaborations with Tinashe, Sophie, Dua Lipa, and more. In March, for Women’s History Month, she shared a playlist of songs by women she’s worked with, and wrote this message on Twitter.
“Women are bold,” she wrote. “Women are inspiring. Women are beautiful. Women are determined. Women are powerful. Women come through struggle. Women support other women. Women are motherfucking superstars, no matter how old, what size, or where they’re from.”
Ora last appeared on the 50 Shades Freed soundtrack with Liam Payne, singing “For You”. All the singers have expressed excitement about the project, except for Cardi, who did tweet back in January:
After i finish my album I’m collabing with 3 artist that I’m cool with .They not big but they soo talented??????
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 13, 2018
Meanwhile, as we wait for Friday, put “Boys” on repeat in the meantime.