Lily Allen Follows “Hard Out Here” With “Air Balloon”
With all the controversy surrounding Lily Allen’s comeback single “Hard Out Here,” many have wondered how she would follow it up. Something equally impact-making? We’ll have to see.
The second cut from her still-untitled third album is “Air Balloon,” which came out in the U.S. this week. While not in the same vein as her feminist anthem, “Air Balloon” is another cheeky pot-shot at fame, particularly the practice of name-dropping – something that may have started the pop star’s career, whether she realizes it or not.
While Allen sings of boredom, she makes reference to Kurt Cobain and Elvis, as if to poke fun at stars that do such a practice in interviews.
“Hard Out Here” came out in November, courting controversy with its video of Allen getting liposuction, twerking, and all-black cast of backup dancers. The track had been written by both Allen and producer Greg Kurstin and has since peaked at No. 9 on the U.K. Singles chart. It reached No. 6 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100.
Back in May, Allen addressed the album, saying at the time that her inspiration for songwriting changed since having kids. She explained: “I wouldn’t say it’s been easy. It hasn’t been hard. It’s just been different because my pool of inspiration is so different to what it was nine or ten years ago."
If you haven’t heard “Air Balloon” yet, listen here:
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