Bitches and Girls

Tove-Lo and Rita Ora Love 'em and So Do We

BY: Rudie Obias

We got some hot ones here folks!

First off, Tove-Lo is one of the hottest and most talented singer/songwriters to come out of Sweden in years. She has a knack for turning the obscene and sexually charged into art instead of smut. Don’t get me wrong, she’s as smutty as they come, but Tove-Lo just makes her smut with artistic merit.

Her latest music video for “bitches,” directed by Lucia Aniello, puts her as a marriage counselor tasked with spicing things up in the bedroom. Tove-Lo takes a “vanilla” couple and turns them into hot and kinky freak shows with BDSM collars and ball gags. Special guest stars Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant, and ALMA also crash the party, the video is a surreal fever dream that reminds me of something from the 90s with its garish colors and over-the-top sequences.

The song itself is super empowering, as it’s not afraid to be openly sexual. Leave it up to Tove-Lo to be ok being a pervert, but in a good way with hot lyrics like,

“All the girls stare at me, drop lip
Dripping in harmony, like Fifth
Lay ’em down, feel ’em up
And they slide away, so easy

Bitches, I don’t trust ’em
But they give me what I want for the night
Bitches, I don’t trust ’em
But I tell ’em and they do what I like, why”

“I choose to rub it in people’s faces even more,” Tove-Lo said in a statement. “If you look at the record title, the artwork – it’s obviously done as a reaction to reactions. For me, it’s very artistic rather than just a picture of my ass. Obviously, that’s going to upset a lot of people – ‘why does she have to do that?’ This feels good to me. I’m not doing it because someone’s telling me not to, but I feel like ‘oh, come on.’”

Next up, we got British singer Rita Ora’s latest single “Girls” featuring Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, and Cardi B from the pop star’s upcoming second studio album. The song is plain and simple, it’s about the need of sometimes wanting to kiss girls. In addition, the song, which is considered a sequel or pairing with Charli XCX’sBoys,” with lyrics like,

“I ain’t one-sided, I’m open-minded
I’m fifty-fifty and I’m never gonna hide it
You should know, eh
You should know, ay”

However, the song has drawn some criticism, namely from singer Hayley Kiyoko, for its “lipstick lesbian” connotations without expressing identity of queerness. Kiyoko, who identifies as queer, believes the song is doing more harm than good in the LGBTQIA+ community.   

Ora doesn’t believe so. “These past few years I’ve been so inspired by all the strong women I’ve seen who aren’t afraid to be themselves,” said in a statement. “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.”

Tove-Lo’sbitches” and Rita Ora’sGirls” are now available on Spotify and Apple Music.