Alice Ivy taps Låpsley for new single ‘Popstar’

“We cranked out a massive angsty rock song,” Alice Ivy said of her new Låpsley-assisted single Popstar. 

Alice Ivy has shared the latest taste of her forthcoming album, today (March 8) enlisting Låpsley for the new single Popstar.

An expert blend of acoustic and produced elements, the single diverges from the pair’s electronic prowess to lean into a heavier alt-rock aesthetic.

Alice Ivy single 'Popstar'

While it’s title might suggest otherwise, Popstar is a gritty, hard-hitting cut, brimming with garage percussion and distorted guitar riffs. 

For her part, London-based songwriter and producer Låpsley joins Ivy in an empowering message of solidarity, with lyrics informed by the duo’s experience navigating the music industry as young women.

Popstar makes mention of misogyny and ageism to deliver an ultimate note of triumph, as Ivy and Låpsley are on a mission to “break the bulletproof glass ceiling.” 

Alice Ivy single 'Popstar'
Credit: Dominik Schmarsel

Popstar arose while Ivy was performing shows in the UK, and linked with Låpsley for what she thought would be an electronic collaboration.

“For one reason or another we cranked out a massive angsty rock song,” Ivy recalled in a press statement. “I guess we were both just feeling super empowered in the moment.” 

Popstar is the newest preview of Ivy’s forthcoming album, Do What Makes You Happy. Set for release later this year, it marks Ivy’s third studio album and will feature the previously released singles Wildlife, Howlin’ At The Moon and Broke My Heart.

Alice Ivy single 'Broke My Heart'
Credit: Ian Laidlaw

Alongside Låpsley, the album features a starry list of collaborators like Mallrat, Jelani Blackman and Mayer Hawthorne. 

Keep your ears peeled for Do What Makes You Happy due out soon, but in the meantime, listen to Alice Ivy and Låpsley’s new single Popstar below.