The Major Lazer-sampling single has been available for full stream ahead of its official debut, revealing marching beat and girl-power lyrics.
After getting teased in a leaked snippet, Beyonce Knowles' forthcoming single "Girls (Who Run the World)" has finally hit the web in full. A female empowerment song, this tune samples Major Lazer's "Pon de Floor" and will be released as the first offering of her upcoming studio album.
"Boy you know you love it, how we smart enough to make these millions/ Strong enough to bare the children, then get back to business/ See, you better not play me, don't come here baby/ Hope you still like me, if you hate me," she sings. "My persuasion can build a nation/ Endless power, without love we can devour/ You'll do anything for me."
A music video has been filmed in Mojave Desert, California. Beyonce filmed it with award-winning director Francis Lawrence who previously worked with Lady GaGa, Britney Spears and Destiny's Child. Her longtime collaborator Frank Gatson reportedly serves as a choreographer.
Francis has confirmed his involvement in the project when met by MTV at the red carpet of "Water for Elephants" premiere in NYC. "The video's for the songs 'Girls'; it's off her new album," he said. "She would probably have me shot if I said anything. ... Some stuff spilled out, but she wasn't happy about it, so I've been sworn to secrecy."
"It'll be big, it'll probably be one of the bigger Beyonce music videos ever done. and, I can say that I think the song is unbelievable," he promised. "It is a fantastic song, so I really hope that song catches for her, and I think the video's gonna be really fun and cool and different for her."