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Lily Allen Sublimely Attacks Entire Pop Industry in New Video

Lily Allen has a not-so-subtle message regarding our views on pretty much everything.

By James Whitton
November 13, 2013
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By James Whitton
November 13, 2013
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It's been a while since the pop world has heard from controversial pop queen Lily Allen, but her new video proves that she's been listening in.

Her newest song, 'Hard Out Here', is one that goes to town on quite a few facets of the pop world, including misogyny in music and fashion, unrealistic ideas of feminine beauty and, unsurprisingly, twerking. The accompanying music video pushes the envelope even further, tearing into the idea of 'thinness' as well as making a few sarcastic jibes at product placement and over-the-top sexualisation on our screens.

As per the majority of Allen's music and videos, there is a strong flavour of humour about her latest offering, and it's not too hard to figure out what the megastar and mum of two is trying to say. In fact, she says it quite blatantly and repeatedly, especially in the throwaway line describing "a glass ceiling that needs breaking".

With her slew of swears, constant crotch-grabbing and obvious confusion at the style of dancing favoured by some pop stars (Miley Cyrus will remain nameless), Allen's first musical offering in nearly four years has garnered over half a million hits in the last day. Which is quite a lot for what is essentially a great, big middle finger to the ego of the music industry.

Good to have you back, Lily.

Published on November 13, 2013 by James Whitton

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