"Fall in Line" is a song by Christina Aguilera, from her eighth studio album Liberation featuring guest vocals from American singer Demi Lovato. It was released as the album's lead single on May 16, 2018. Aguilera co-wrote the song with Jonny Simpson, Mark Williams, Audra Mae, Raul Cubina and its producer Jon Bellion. The song has been recognized as a feminist anthem, promoting female empowerment.
The song impacted hot adult contemporary radio on May 28, 2018, and contemporary hit radio on June 19, 2018.
Aguilera described the song: "I wrote 'Fall in Line' a few years ago before all this news came out [Time's Up and Me Too movement]. It was the song that needed to be heard. Because of what I witnessed when I was growing up I always felt really driven to have a voice that my mom kind of never had in my childhood. So I've always wanted to be that advocate for women and anybody that was struggling to have their own voice. I watched my mom have to be submissive, watch her Ps and Qs or she's gonna get beat up. You can either be, unfortunately, so damaged by it that you take a turn for the worse, or you can feel empowered by it and make choices to never go down that route."
Release and Promotion
"Fall in Line" premiered on May 16, 2018, at 8 a.m. EST, and was released commercially for digital download worldwide at the same time. Aguilera stated in a tweet: "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 accompanying music video was directed by Luke Gilford and premiered May 23, 2018. It depicts Aguilera and Lovato being kidnapped and forced to sing in a futuristic prison filled with surveillance cameras; the two eventually fight their way to freedom. Aguilera stated on Twitter, "Fall In Line is as much about supporting each other as it is about self-empowerment. I wanted to convey that in this video by visually representing the imprisonment that so many of us have felt, and the freedom we can achieve together." According to Billboard and Rolling Stone, "The oppressive, male-dominated prison facility is a clear critique on society's oppression of women."
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