In the biggest diva collaboration since "Lady Marmalade"—or Jessie J's smash hit "Bang Bang"—Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, Zendaya, Chloe & Halle, JadaGrace, Kelly Rowland, Kelly Clarkson, and Lea Michele have united with Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren and goddess Michelle Obama to release the girl power anthem of the year. Seriously. It's going to be the first single you've bought on iTunes in five years.
"This is for my girls, all around the world. Stand up, pull your head up. Don't take nothing from nobody," the lyrics state. "You're someone who can be soft as silk but strong as steel. Don't shy away from showing what you're made of. This world is yours to take, you can bend but you won't break."
Released late last night, the single "This Is For My Girls" is all about female empowerment, in lyrics and in spirit. Coupled with the Obamas' South by Southwest appearances, the song is meant to raise awareness about the Let Girls Learn initiative and the White House's Girl Rising campaign. The two work in tandem to raise awareness and money for the the 62 million girls around the world without access to proper education
"I've traveled the world as First Lady, I have met these girls, and they are so smart and hardworking, and so hungry for an education," Obama wrote in her Lenny Letter yesterday. "I've met girls who make long, dangerous journeys each day to school and then come home and study for hours each night. I've met girls studying at rickety desks in bare concrete classrooms who are raising their hands so hard they're almost falling out of their chairs."
Get the song on iTunes today, but be sure to support the campaign at makers.com. Do it because its Women's History Month. Do it for Malala Yousafzai. Do it for the 62 million girls without education. Or simply do it because the song is bumpin'.