Lily Allen recently said her return to the music scene would feature what she called “feminist vibes”, promising an “empowering” new record for fans.
Well, it looks like she’s succeeded. Clad in a bondage-style outfit and surrounded by booty-shaking dancers, the British artist’s new video is a scathing attack on the music industry’s attitude to women. A blatant parody of Miley Cyrus’ onstage antics, the video features Allen suggestively eating a banana, and generally mirroring the behaviour of fellow artists like Rihanna.
Her video comes amid heightened concerns about the portrayal of women in the music industry and a debate in the UK over introducing age-ratings for music videos because of increasing sexual imagery.
Irish singing talent is back
Back in 2011, Irish singer Janet Devlin caught the public’s attention when she appeared on the UK version of “The X Factor”.
Now she’s back with her debut single “Wonderful”, an infectious and upbeat folk-driven pop song that carries her unique vocal talent.
So, what can people expect from her first record?
“I think ‘Wonderful’ is not so much a love song, it’s more about the possibility of love. (…) It can be taken as just even getting to know someone: ‘I want to let you know everything about me and even let you know the dark parts, all my secrets.’ I mean, for me, the album, personally, is about my life, it’s about my own experiences. It doesn’t really have a general sound to it, it takes you from one place and by the end of the album you’re in a totally different mindset from where it started because it starts off quite upbeat and leaves you somewhere quite dark,” says Devlin.
Janet Devlin’s single “Wonderful” is out in the UK later this month ahead of her debut album “Hide and Seek” scheduled for release early next year.