The ever controversial Lily Allen has just dropped the video for controversial new single 'Sheezus'. [Yep, that's a reference to Kanye West's controversial album 'Yeezus'.]
The song is the title track from Lily's new album, out on May 5. It follows singles 'Hard Out Here' and 'Our Time' - and is sure to cause a stir.
Since her return to music last year, Lily's been speaking out about sexism in the industry, as well as in the wider world, and it seems her new track has a similar empowering pro-women message. Or does it? The video's a melting pot of strong statements, so we've watched and re-watched the video to try and work out what it all means. Here's 10 things you need to know...
1. She talks about her period
'It makes me angry, I'm serious/ But then again, I'm just about to get my period.'
2. For quite a while..
'Periods, we all get periods/ Every month, yo, that's what the theory is/ It's human nature, another cycle.'
3. In fact, she wants #period to be the new #surfboard
'I think that “period” is going to be my “surfboard” with Beyoncé. People will wear sweatshirts to my concerts that are just going to say “period”,' she said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
4. She wears a mega-cool customised House of Holland skirt
5. She explains how it feels to return to the music industry
'Can't just come back, jump on the mic and do the same thing.'
6. And calls out Lorde, Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga
'RiRi isn't scared of Katy Perry's roaring/ Queen B's going back to the drawing/ Lorde smells blood, yeah, she's about to slay you/ Kid ain't one to fuck with when she's only on her debut/ We're all watching Gaga, L-O-L-O, ah-ha/ Dying for the art so, really, she's a martyr.'
7. Or does she?
Turns out Lily might be parodying how the media treat female artists..
'I'm ready for all the comparisons/I think it's dumb and it's embarrassing'
8. She REALLY doesn't want to be compared to other female artists…
She told Rolling Stone: 'I don’t like being put in the same category as people because we have the same genitals and boobs. Nobody is going to write “Lily Allen vs. Ed Sheeran.” It just doesn’t happen. It feels like the reason we play women against each other is because it’s the last bit of power that men have. They’re like, “Let’s make them feel shit about each other.'
9. But her video does seem very similar to some of M.I.A's work
10. And.. err.. the work of Mandy Moore