Lily Allen photographed for Billboard

Lily Allen photographed on March 21st at The Mercer in New York City. 

Styling by Kemal & Karla at The Wall Group

 

On Allen: Chanel cardigan, Topshop beaded bustier, Moschino lace short, Casadei pumps with black trim, Chelsea de Luca blue crystal earrings 

 Peter Ash Lee

"Give me that crown, bitch/I wanna be Sheezus," declares the "Hard Out Here" singer on her album's title track.

Our eyebrows shot up when we first heard the title track to Lily Allen's upcoming "Sheezus" album last month, and now, the bait of the sarcastic pop anthem has been presented to the world at large. Watch the music video for Allen's anti-pop wars takedown:

"RihRih isn't scared of Katy Perry's roaring/Queen Bey's gone 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," begins the chorus of the song, which received a colorful visual on Tuesday (Apr. 22). "We're all watching Gaga, LOL, haha/Dying for the art, so really, she's a martyr/Second-best will never cut it for the divas/Give me that crown, bitch/I wanna be Sheezus."

Of course, Allen quickly follows up that hook by calling the comparisons made between female pop artists "dumb" and "embarrassing." Later in the song, the U.K. artist concludes, "It makes me angry -- I'm serious/But then again, I'm just about to get my period."

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"Sheezus," Allen told Billboard earlier this month, comments on the ridiculousness of the industry hype battles between female musicians. "When I was putting together this record and coming up with the release date you can see the people at the record company looking at the sheets of who are the other females around [that date coming out with albums] and if it's a risk going against Rita Ora," she says. "It's like, 'Why?!'"

Lily Allen's third studio album is due out May 6 on Warner Bros. Records. On May 15, the singer will perform her first New York show since 2009, at Highline Ballroom.

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