Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here" was a parody of pop music that likely started a different conversation than the one she was intending. But her new single "Air Balloon" sounds like a parody of M.I.A.—either intentionally or not—but we'll have to see if it sparks much of anything.
Co-written and produced by frequent Max Martin collaborator Shellback, the song is built on a twinkling keyboard beat that sounds like a lullaby. As she sings about floating away, Allen adopts vocal inflections—especially during the wordless refrain—that sound strikingly like M.I.A. at her "Paper Planes" poppiest.
Her untitled third album does not yet have a date.