Bleak, Funky 'Run the World (Girls)'

Beyoncé's video for "Run the World (Girls)," the first single from her upcoming album 4, is the latest addition to the canon of dance pop videos with over-the-top apocalyptic imagery. In this clip, Beyoncé appears to be some kind of glam empress in a bombed-out Mad Max landscape in which girls have asserted their dominance over the world – or at least a bunch of dudes in riot gear – by dancing and whipping their hair around.

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