Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, 17, set to beat Lily Allen to the number one spot on the UK singles chart

By Hanna Flint

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Lily Allen looks like she'll be beaten to number one on the UK singles chart by a seventeen-year old Dutch DJ.

Martin Garrix's single Animals is already placed in the top spot in the midweek figures, with 26,000 more unit sales than Lily's cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know for John Lewis.

Martin is signed to the same management as Justin Bieber, but the Dutch wunderkind's brand of dance music is a far cry from the Canadian popstar's.

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Top boy: Dutch DJ Martin Garrix is set to take the number one spot on the UK singles chart, beating competition from Lily Allen

Top boy: Dutch DJ Martin Garrix is set to take the number one spot on the UK singles chart, beating competition from Lily Allen

Speaking about the chart battle with the Ivor Novello winning Allen, Garrix told Mail Online: 'To be in a race to the top of the charts with such a well-known artist as Lily Allen is a little insane.

 

'For a track I made to get played in clubs to be competing with a song like that, which is so completely different, is just amazing! I would love to be No.1 but whatever happens may the best song win!'

Lily, 28, is the fourth pop singer to lend her voice to a John Lewis ad; following in the footsteps of Gabrielle Aplin, Slow Moving Millie and Ellie Goulding who all sang covers for the department store's festive campaign.

Rising star: Martin attended the MTV EMAs, and hung out with DJs Calvin Harris and Nicky Romero

Rising star: Martin attended the MTV EMAs, and hung out with DJs Calvin Harris and Nicky Romero

Christmas ad: Lily Allen's cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know looks set to come in second on the UK singles chart

Christmas ad: Lily Allen's cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know looks set to come in second on the UK singles chart

New single: Lily will no doubt be more concerned with how well her single Hard Out Here will do when it is released on Sunday

New single: Lily will no doubt be more concerned with how well her single Hard Out Here will do when it is released on Sunday

Comeback: Lily's new single Hard Out Here has sparked controversy for its use of all-black dancers and sexually provocative choreography in the video

Comeback: Lily's new single Hard Out Here has sparked controversy for its use of all-black dancers and sexually provocative choreography in the video

She sings over an animated story of a bear and hare in a forest, just before Christmas, which has so far received over six million views on YouTube since its release.

But despite the likelihood of her coming second to a 17-year old DJ, Allen will be more concerned about how her original new single will fare when it is released for digital download on Sunday.

Hard Out Here has already garnered controversy, because of its music video which features all-black dancers performing highly-sexual dance moves.

Reni Eddo-Lodge, a blogger and black feminist, told BBC Radio 4's Womens' Hour host Dame Jenni Murray she felt ‘troubled’ by the racial message of the video and criticised the ‘denigrating images of black people’ that contribute towards ‘structural racism’.

But Allen was quick to slam those suggestions.

'If anyone thinks for a second that I requested specific ethnicities for the video, they're wrong,' Lily tweeted. 'If anyone thinks that after asking the girls to audition, I was going to send any of them away because of the colour of their skin, they're wrong.'

'The video is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification of women within modern pop culture. It has nothing to do with race, at all.'

However some could say the use of provocative dance moves performed by women in skimpy attire, only perpetuates the issue of the over-sexualisation of women, which Allen is trying to combat.

A feminist stand: Allen says her video is powerful message against the objectification of women

A feminist stand: Allen says her video is powerful message against the objectification of women

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lily reminds me of the lead singer of garbage when she performs "the world is not enough" video in this video, its something in the face.

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i liked lily's ambition but the women on that video were disgusting and porn like which i know was the objective however it still pushed it in our faces like every other music video that she singing about. So in a round about way i was still subjected (clearly I had a choice) to seeing the same crap i see when i turn on the telly.

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If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much!

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Lilly Allen can't sing - she talks her way through all her songs because she has no musical ability. Like the Osborne brood though, thanks to her dad, she'll always have a talent-free career in the entertainment industry.

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I'm going to buy Hard Out Here just to annoy all the PC people. Oh, and the scenes with the old record company guy showing them how to twerk are hilarious.

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I really wanted to hate this song. Lily Allen is such a gobby person and she has repeatedly said she is quitting the industry and yet never seems to. But this song is catchy, its got legs, and it has a message to modern day celebriots jumping on the naked bandwagon of shaking your arse to get sales. But I can't hate the song and I gotta admit as much as I think Lil is gobby and annoying this song works...well done for changing my mind.

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Satire people,satire.

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I can't believe it's lily Allen who sings the Keane cover. Won't be buying it now!

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Lily Allen always looks like a bag lady. She's a right state.

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Good on you! That's amazing.

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