Following a much-buzzed performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Christina Aguilera’s “Fall in Line” is now in full motion as the singer’s second official single from her upcoming album Liberation.
The 37-year old singer just released a cinematically filmed music video co-starring Demi Lovato, who is featured on the pop ballad.
It’s no wonder the “Accelerate” video was so badly filmed. All that money went to the production of “Fall In Line”, which is perhaps the most symbolic, anti-oppressive music video Christina’s done since 2003’s “Fighter”.
It begins with an incarcerated Christina physically handled by two masked men and forced to perform for a setup of cameras, a clear reference to the entertainment industry’s mistreatment of female figures.
Later, she is put back in her jail cell to rest her mutant lungs while Demi takes over. Her opening line is another nod to the video’s feminist symbolism: “show some skin, make him want you ’cause God forbid you know your own way home.”
By the bridge, Christina subdues her warden, strangles the bastard to death and takes his keys, then rescues Demi by tasering the other warden. They encounter a convenient ladder just around the corner and climb to their freedom above ground (yes! Poot comes out of the basement!)
They embrace a scenic meadow, Demi singing ad-libs while looking hilariously uncomfortable as Christina holds her hands and head, before a closing shot of Christina laying peacefully in the grass.
It’s a stunning video, and Christina’s never looked this good in one since 2006’s “Hurt”, even though her upper lip filler is distracting from various angles. This one is sure to please fans as a magnetic addition to both singers’ video canons.
In the meantime, the single is doing alright. Following about an hour spent atop the iTunes chart (during which I rushed an article about), “Fall in Line” has been lingering within the Top 15. Meanwhile, “Accelerate” is officially dead: after its debut week at #24 on Bubbling Under Hot 100, the lead single to Christina’s Liberation has vanished entirely.
With “Fall in Line” now commanding the helm, we just have to wait and see if Christina’s Liberation era will experience any success and rewrite the wrongs of her previous career duds.