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"Girls" is a song by British singer Rita Ora from her fourth studio album Poison (2018). It was released as a buzz single from the album on August 3, 2018. It was written by Rita Ora, Brian Lee, Ali Tamposi, Charli XCX, Tinashe and Cardi B. Max Martin produced the track.

Background and release[]

After leaving her previous label and singing a record deal to her current label, Shadow Records, in 2017, Rita Ora started working on her next album.

Girls was the second song she wrote for the album and felt instantly that the song was good material for a release to hype up the album. After finishing the album for 60%, she decided to let the world have a taste of the work she's working on and released the song on August 3, 2018 for digital download.

Music video[]

The official music video for Girls was released on the same date as release and was directed by Helmi.

As of March 2019, the video has garnered 491M+ views (Audio, Lyric Video & Music Video).

Promotion and sales[]

Promotion for Girls started in the same week as release, due this promotion, the song reached a peak of three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached top five in countries worldwide such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and several European Countries.

Girls debuted at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 with 433,240 digital copies sold. The week following the song rose to it's peak of number three with 535,459 digital copies sold. After that the song went to number nine with 401,100 digital copies sold, in it's fourth week, the song went out of the top ten charting at numbers 13 (301,830 digital copies sold), 19 (233,333 digital copies sold) and 25 (171,300 digital copies sold).

The song sold 5,800,000+ copies in the United States, earning a RIAA 5x platinum certified status in the country for selling over 5,000,000 copies. Worldwide the song has sold more than 8,200,000 copies.

Credits and personnel[]


  • Recorded at UMG Studios, Los Angeles, California
  • Mastered at UMG Studios, Los Angeles, California


  • Rita Ora - lyrics, vocals
  • Tinashe - lyrics, vocals
  • Charli XCX - lyrics, vocals
  • Cardi B - lyrics, vocals
  • Brian Lee - lyrics
  • Ali Tamposi - lyrics
  • Max Martin - producer
  • Jaycen Joshua - mixing


Charts (2018) Peak position
Australia (ARIA) 4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 5
Europe (European Top 100 Singles) 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 3
US Billboard Hot 100 3


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) 3x Platinum 210,000+
Canada (Music Canada) 2x Platinum 160,000+
United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum 600,000+
United States (RIAA) 5x Platinum 5,877,924

Awards and nominations[]


Release history[]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide August 3, 2018 Digital download Shadow Records
United States August 3, 2018 Digital download Shadow Records