Have Lily Allen And Lorde Waged War Against Pop?

With Allen's new 'Hard Out Here' track, she's calling out the misogyny of her favorite genre.

First, Justin Bieber lost to Esperanza Spalding for the Best New Artist Grammy in 2011. The next year, a softspoken bearded man from Wisconsin beat out Nicki Minaj for the same award — small progressions in the move to overtake the ruling “mainstream.” Now, a spate of hard-hitting video entries seem to be making pop icons the new targets.

Caught somewhere in between the Ke$has and the Biebers are those like Lorde, whose sounds embrace pop but whose messages denounce it. The 17-year-old New Zealand native has even berated Selena Gomez for what she considers anti-feminist themes in “Come & Get It” and called out Justin Bieber for not being a “real depiction” of a young person. And on Tuesday, Lily Allen proudly joined Lorde’s band of musical misfits with her brand-new video for “Hard Out Here.”

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