Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Rita releases new single

Rita releases new single

Seemingly destined for chart-topping success, these four famous performers share the mic on a song that sounds like a sequel to Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl".

She also cited the line in "Girls" about drinking wine, and how that's a harmful cliché: "I don't need to drink wine to kiss girls; I've loved women my entire life".

The topic of girl-on-girl has always been a staple of pop music, but as more openly queer artists make their mark on the industry, the more their perspective complicates the notion of singing about kissing a girl, and liking it, just for the titillation factor.

Ora opens the track, which hit Friday, with the lyrics, "I am excited, I'm open-minded. I never looked at it as, "Only females can listen to it" or "Only males can listen to it": It's for everybody", she said. The bridge gives a wink-wink-nudge-nudge to oral sex: "She getting down with me, yeah". "I hope you dance your socks off with us!" "I kind of can't go back now", she said of her multifaceted career. "If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it".

Read Kiyoko's entire statement below.

Hayley Kiyoko is not happy with Rita Ora's new single and its depiction of bisexuality. It's the kind of scream-from-the-rooftops, sing-with-your-friends-in-the-car, jump-on-the-couches-at-a-sleepover celebration I needed to hear in my early adolescence.

Ora added, "Cardi B who is a feature on it was the first person on the record a few years ago".

Ora took a cue from her own experiences and put it into the song. Recently, Katy Perry celebrated the 10-year anniversary of "I Kissed A Girl".

Rita Ora's single "Girls" has been rumored for a couple of months with the lineup of featured artists being mixed up all the time. Then we'll talk about it. Is "Girls" the most drop-dead, change people's minds, progressive number in the world? I've never just been attracted to women.

"I just feel like I'm attracted to who I like".

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