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Christina Aguilera And Demi Lovato Just Dropped A Feminist Anthem

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“May you liberate your voice and break the mold”

Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato just teamed up to bring us the feminist anthem of the year. The two singers released an empowering, slow-burning new ballad titled "Fall In Line," and it'll inspire you to continue to live your life unapologetically and fight the patriarchy.

The track is Aguilera's latest record off of her forthcoming album, Liberation, following her club-ready anthem "Accelerate (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & 2Chainz)" and the piano-laden "Twice." On Twitter, Aguilera dedicated the single to "anyone who’s ever felt silenced and repressed, the truth seekers and bold thinkers. May you liberate your voice and break the mold, never back down, and never fall in line."  

 

The fiery track, which opens with a rumbling bass line and sparse beat, features a series of confident lyrics dedicated to girls, encouraging them to never back down from their dreams. "Little girls, listen closely," Aguilera coos in the opening lyrics. "'cause no one told me, but you deserve to know. That in this world, you are not beholden, you do not owe them your body and your soul." She opened up about the meaning behind the song in a new interview with magazinestating that her new album is "about me getting back to that little-girl me. You hear 'Fall in Line' and maybe think it was inspired by this time," she says, referencing #MeToo and Donald Trump, "and it's not. It was created years ago. It's something I've always felt very strongly." 

 

In an Instagram post, Lovato opened up about her experience in working with Aguilera on the track, stating that it was an "honor to lend my voice to this anthem for women with one of the most inspiring individuals I’ve ever met."

Liberation is due out June 15. Stream the song, below.


Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."

Her Smell | OFFICIAL TRAILER HD www.youtube.com

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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."