Lily Allen
Singer-songwriter
Lily Allen
Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper is an English recording artist, actress and fashion designer. She is the daughter of actor and musician Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. In her teenage years, her musical tastes evolved from glam rock to alternative. Allen abandoned school and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. She created several demo songs, and in 2005, she created a profile on Myspace where she made some of her recordings public.
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Celebrities React To Trump's #MuslimBan With Anger And Calls To Action
Huffington Post - 24 days
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Incredible video game glitch will help you get your groove on
Yahoo News - 26 days
We all know, however, that video games can glitch. This happens quite often even in games produced by big-budget game studios, and often the glitch results are hilarious. John Gianelli teaches a video game design class, and we're sure many of his students have created great projects under his tutelage. But that didn't stop one student from accidentally creating a great broken animation. A glitch is exactly what Gianelli found in one of his student's games, and now that glitch has gone viral for one very simple reason: It's awesome. Kid has priceless reaction when he realizes what's stuck to his head Here's proof that 'Finding Dory' is better with a bunch of swearing This Honest Trailer for 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory' is hilariously brutal Lily Allen's Rufus Wainwright cover for the Women's March will give you chills
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16 Feminist Songs To Get You Hyped For The Women's March
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The Women’s March is almost here. Whether you’re road-tripping to Washington, D.C., or joining one of the other 370 (!!) “sister marches” planned for the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, you’re going to need a killer playlist to get you there. Here are some rousing lady anthems to blast while you’re en route to fight for women’s rights. 1. Grimes, “Kill V. Maim” For when you’re weighing your options on how to take down the patriarchy. 2. M.I.A, “Bad Girls” Perfect for a road trip when you’re, “lookin’ in the rear view, swaggin’ goin’ swell / Leavin’ boys behind ‘cause it’s illegal just to kill.” 3. 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up” Because “what’s going on” is particularly apropos at the moment. 4. Beyoncé ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “***Flawless” Name a more iconic duo. We’ll wait. 5. Lily Allen, “F**k You” Presented without comment. 6. Rihanna ft. Drake, “ ...
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Sorry, Trump, everyone on Twitter still cares about your tax returns
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Donald Trump gave his first press conference in seven months on Wednesday, and of course it was dominated by Tuesday's bombshell reports alleging Russian interference in the election and hidden cameras capturing certain liquid-based fetishes.  There was another issue, though, that was very much on everyone's mind even if Trump wouldn't admit it: his tax returns. SEE ALSO: In stunning exchange, Trump refuses to answer question from CNN reporter Speculation was rife that the binders full of paper on the dais would offer a torturously belated insight into Trump's financial affairs. Alas, it was not to be. In fact, Trump insisted that no one outside the media could care less about the issue. “The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters,” he said. “I won.” "I don’t think they care at all. I think you care,” he added, confrontationally. That doesn't seem to be the case. In fact, many of the 74% of likely voters who said they wanted to see Trump release his returns in an Au ...
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A Gift From The Characters: The 11-Song Soundtrack For THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Art inspires art, and characters become real. Here are the eleven songs the characters in THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH are recommending to readers: Because Natalie's got swagger, let's start with her favorite four (the recs are all in her own words) - Song One: You won't have heard of this, but it's too good. So, you're welcome: "Vibe Out Fella" by Vader The Villin Ft. Niki Cremmen. Song Two: New school: "Yoncé" by Beyoncé. Short. All beat. Own the club. Dance all night with your girlfriends, and don't give a ____ about anything. Song Three: Then there's the old school: "Paper Planes" by M.I.A. If you're the baddest girl anyone's ever seen...If you don't care about your mom AND her new husband...about moving schools...about what anyone else thinks about you. Song Four: I'm a cruise-around-on-my-bike-in-the-sun type of girl, so Lily Allen's "LDN" is my jam. Plus...that red dress. And next up, the five songs Travis wants you to listen to (again, descr ...
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The World Mourns Leonard Cohen -- A Loss It Didn't Need Right Now
Huffington Post - 3 months
Prince, David Bowie, Gene Wilder ― 2016 has been full of tough losses.  And Thursday’s announcement of singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen’s death came as yet another crushing blow, particularly for those still reeling from Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election. Following the news, beautiful tributes to Cohen began pouring in. Many, from Patton Oswalt to Johnny Knoxville, wondered when 2016 would give the world a break.   Leonard Cohen dying is so goddamned symbolic right now. You just don't let up, do you 2016? — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 11, 2016 RIP Leonard Cohen. Ugh. It feels pointed, this death. It's making us remember songs like Come Healing which is a good one for these days — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 11, 2016 R.I.P. the great Leonard Cohen.❤️❤️#canwebedonewith2016 pic.twitter.com/ALxIVcfP7n — Johnny Knoxville (@realjknoxville) November 11, 2016 As of the week could get ...
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2016 Is The Year Of Celebrities Apologizing For Cultural Appropriation
Huffington Post - 4 months
Celebrity trends come and go, but the stigma of cultural appropriation sticks around forever. At least you can try to make up for your mistakes with an apology. Chris Hemsworth, Lily Allen and “Saved by the Bell” actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar are three celebrities who’ve recently come forward to say they’re sorry for past costumes, music videos and TV episodes that wrongly mock and steal from cultures not their own.  On Tuesday, Lily Allen backtracked to the year 2013 to apologize for an egregious mistake she made in her music video for “Hard Out Here.” The British singer, who is white, used women of color as props in the video, having them twerk in the background while she dances in front of them.  “I was guilty of appropriating when I did a video called ‘Hard Out Here,’” Allen said on BBC Radio 1 show The Exchange, “which, the intention behind it [was], I definitely wanted to make a feminist statement. But I was guilty of thinking ― assuming ― that there was a one-size-fits-all ...
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Floral Arrangements
NPR - 8 months
Each of these answers contains the name of a flower or flowering plant. If we were to say, "British singer who recorded the albums "It's Not Me, It's You" and "Sheezus," you would reply, "Lily Allen."
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The Artsy Apps That Justify Spending Time On Your Phone
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I'm the kind of person who doesn't like playing games on their iPhone. I'm not much for Candy Crush or Angry Birds or Words with Friends, and I don't play Solitaire. I know there are more sophisticated games out there too, like Framed. But I already spend enough time scrolling through Twitter, checking up on Instagram and reloading Facebook that I just feel guilty anytime I attempt to play a game. There are moments when I don't want to be bogged down by the weight of social media, though, and I turn to an outlet on my phone. I don't want to glaze over as a cache of tiny squares flash before my eyes at a million miles a minute, but I want to partake in a semi-mindless activity that helps me relax or pass the time at an inopportune moment. Games just don't do it for me. I am the kind of person who likes to make art on my phone, even if it's just doodling on a digital sketchpad. There are a lot of us out there. And we're hungry for a new app that can satisfy our attention, but not ...
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The Artsy Apps That Justify Spending Time On Your Phone
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I'm the kind of person who doesn't like playing games on their iPhone. I'm not much for Candy Crush or Angry Birds or Words with Friends, and I don't play Solitaire. I know there are more sophisticated games out there too, like Framed. But I already spend enough time scrolling through Twitter, checking up on Instagram and reloading Facebook that I just feel guilty anytime I attempt to play a game. There are moments when I don't want to be bogged down by the weight of social media, though, and I turn to an outlet on my phone. I don't want to glaze over as a cache of tiny squares flash before my eyes at a million miles a minute, but I want to partake in a semi-mindless activity that helps me relax or pass the time at an inopportune moment. Games just don't do it for me. I am the kind of person who likes to make art on my phone, even if it's just doodling on a digital sketchpad. There are a lot of us out there. And we're hungry for a new app that can satisfy our attention, but not ...
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Lily Allen has a Twitter meltdown about impatient eBay seller
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Sharp-tongued pop star Lily Allen isn't usually known for holding back. Yesterday, the singer, 30, shared her anger regarding an impatient eBay user, who was incessantly pestering the singer.
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Whatcha Say: Madonna, Rihanna And TIDAL Got Our Readers Talking
Idolator - almost 2 years
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! We hope you’re about to have a wonderful weekend break. But before you head out for the evening, let’s take a look back at the highlights on the pop scene throughout the past few days. In fact, there was plenty of major pop action to be had, from the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards to the still-bizarre launch of the artist owned streaming service, TIDAL. Did you guys sign up or are you opting out for now? Let us know! Other big moments of the week included Justin Bieber‘s hilarious Comedy Central Roast, Iggy Azalea spilling the beans (again and again) on her collaboration with Britney Spears, and the ever-controversial Azealia Banks‘ Billboard cover story. As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best and worst comments below! :: Hundreds of people weighed in on Madonna‘s weak Rebel Heart album sales on Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’, By The Numbers: Why Isn’t This Album A Hit?, including Victoria M, who found the marketing for ...
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Garbage Photographer Writes Open Letter To Band About Respecting Artistry
Idolator - almost 2 years
Lily Allen Drags TIDAL Lily Allen thinks Jay Z's new streaming service will "set emerging artists back". MORE >> This current musical situation is what we’d refer to the pot calling the kettle black. Back in February, Garbage’s Shirley Manson penned an open letter to Kanye West after the Beck fiasco at the 2015 Grammys. The rock band frontwoman told the rapper to grow up and said he was “disrespecting artistry.” Fast forward to now, and Garbage has received an open letter from their photographer — Pat Pope. He wrote the statement on Facebook in regards to the band wanting to reuse his work in a coffee table book without paying him extra. “The email says that you really like some of the photos I took ...
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12 Baby Names Inspired By History-Making Black Female Singers
Huffington Post - about 2 years
In honor of Black History Month, we salute some fabulous singers who contributed to the birth of the blues and the beginnings of jazz. Most are not as well known now as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, but they all made significant contributions to this most American of art forms -- and many of their vintage names are right on trend for babies today! Adelaide Jazz singer Adelaide Hall had a career that spanned 70 years, was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, pioneered the improvisational vocal techniques known as “scat” singing, and had great success in England. The place name Adelaide, used by Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths for her daughter, is a big Nameberry fave, now at Number 13; Number 321 nationally. Alberta Another jazz and blues singer with a long career, Alberta Hunter had early success, starting in 1917, flourished as a singer and songwriter in the 1920s and 1930s and was still performing into the seventies. The feminization name Alberta is a ro ...
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Ingrid Michaelson Bends Gender Both Ways In 'Girls Chase Boys'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A pop star crooning in a well-tailored suit before a troupe of stone-faced, red-lipped ingenues isn't a terribly original treatment for a music video. But when said troupe is comprised of similarly adorned men and women, that's a statement. Ingrid Michaelson, whose tender-hearted indie anthems you put on mix CDs in high school, has definitely joined the gender-bending coterie with her video for "Girls Chase Boys," the first single from her forthcoming album Lights Out. We've seen others have drawn attention to gender stereotypes by exaggerating them, a'la Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here", or inverting them, like in our favorite "Blurred Lines" parody. Michaelson does both of these things, but instead of reifying a gender divide, she blurs it, presenting both men and women as overtly sexualized beings. And it turns out that everyone looks equally silly gyrating in tight pink clothing. In fact, the result is downright fun. The track itself is both a breakup anthem and an indictment of t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lily Allen
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 30
    In June 2016 she came out to strongly support Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn after mass resignations from his cabinet and a leadership challenge.
    More Details Hide Details Due to her outspokenness, Allen was the subject of many controversies early in her career. Disparaging remarks about musicians Luke Pritchard of The Kooks, Bob Geldof, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue, and Katy Perry have all garnered minor press attention. She later said that making fun of other pop stars was a result of a lack of confidence, saying "I felt like 'Oh God, I'm short, fat, ugly and I hate all these people who flaunt their beauty.'"
    In April 2016 Allen, during the London assembly and mayoral elections, announced she would be giving "half her vote to the Women's Equality Party" - by voting for them on the London-wide Assembly list but voting Labour elsewhere
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 27
    Her November 2013 video for "Hard Out Here" was accused of being racist for its use of mostly black dancers in an allegedly "disapproving" manner.
    More Details Hide Details Allen responded that ethnicity was not a factor in hiring the dancers, and the video was a lighthearted satirical look at objectification of women in modern pop music. Allen's early released songs saw her singing against retro productions. Her songs also featured other elements, such as the ska influence on second single, "LDN". She was also noted for her liberal use of crude words in her lyrics. Allen has said she cringes now when listening to tracks from Alright, Still, as it reminds her that she was a "sort of over-excitable teenager who desperately wanted attention" when she wrote it. Wanting to move on from the retro sound that many other artists had adapted since her debut, Allen ventured in a new direction sonically and lyrically in her second studio album, It's Not Me, It's You. "The Fear", the first single from the album, is an electro-pop track denouncing consumerism. Her new musical direction and willingness to write lyrics that tackled less-common subjects were lauded by some critics.
    In December 2013, Allen was announced as one of the newest signees at Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Records due to Warner Music Group acquiring Parlophone from Universal Music Group in May 2013. In an interview with Graham Norton on The Graham Norton Show on 21 February 2014, Allen confirmed that her third studio album would be titled Sheezus, and said that it was "a little nod to Kanye West". The album was released on 5 May 2014.
    She also revealed that she had written a song for her upcoming album Sheezus inspired by a Twitter feud with Azealia Banks that happened in summer 2013.
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    Allen confirmed in an interview with BBC Radio 1 on 19 November 2013 that she was to perform at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival.
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    On 12 November 2013, Allen premiered the video for her new song "Hard Out Here" on her official website.
    More Details Hide Details The song was released as a download the following week and entered the UK singles chart at number 9, giving Allen two simultaneous top 10 hit singles. On 13 January 2014, the song "Air Balloon" was premiered on BBC Radio 1 and will be released on 2 March 2014, as the second single from Allen's forthcoming third studio album Sheezus.
    In November 2013, Allen recorded a cover of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" for the John Lewis Christmas advert with a portion of the song's sales earnings donated to Save the Children's Philippine Typhoon Appeal campaign.
    More Details Hide Details Released as a download single, it reached number one in the UK singles chart on 24 November.
    In August 2013, she changed her professional name back to Lily Allen and tweeted new music would be arriving "soon".
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    In February 2013, she performed live at a Paris fashion show produced by Mark Ronson in what she called her "mumback", and foreshadowed the release of a new album "inspired by her experiences of motherhood" by the end of 2013.
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    She gave birth to her second child, daughter Marnie Rose, on 8 January 2013.
    More Details Hide Details She is the third-cousin of singer Sam Smith. Allen has spoken publicly about her seven-year stalking ordeal and the effect it had on her life. Her stalker, Alex Gray, who had sent an email to his mother stating he was planning on murdering a celebrity, spent nights in her back garden, broke into her bedroom whilst she was sleeping and ultimately forced Allen to move. She has strongly criticised the Metropolitan Police for their inaction in the case, which included refusals to show Allen a picture of her stalker, lending her a panic alarm before demanding it back, and refusal to believe stalking incidents were linked. Although the singer is a staunch supporter of the Labour Party, she was credited with helping inspire a parliamentary rebellion against former Prime Minister Gordon Brown when she wrote to all Members of Parliament asking them to back an amendment to an energy bill. She later confirmed her support for the Labour Party and then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown in particular.
  • 2012
    Age 26
    Allen said in October 2012 that she was in the studio, "throwing shit in the wall and seeing if anything sticks...
    More Details Hide Details It's great to work at my own pace with no commitments other than to make music."
    She later changed her professional name from Lily Allen to Lily Rose Cooper and appeared on the track "True Love" on Pink's sixth studio album, The Truth About Love, released in September 2012.
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    On 20 June 2012, Allen tweeted that she was in the studio working with Greg Kurstin on new music.
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  • 2011
    Age 25
    Allen gave birth to a daughter, Ethel Mary, on 25 November 2011.
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    The song, which also features Wiz Khalifa, was released in September 2011, and reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Allen's first Top 10 single in the United States.
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    Also in 2011, T-Pain used a verse from Allen's "Who'd Have Known" as the chorus to the song "5 O'Clock", which became the second single from his album Revolver.
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    In January 2011, she launched her own record label, In the Name Of, with financial backing from Sony Music.
    More Details Hide Details The first act signed to the label was New York noise pop duo Cults. The following month, she started writing songs for the musical version of Bridget Jones's Diary which was scheduled to open in London's West End in 2012.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    Allen and Cooper became engaged in December 2010 while on holiday in Bali. They wed on 11 June 2011 at St. James church in Cranham, Gloucestershire, England.
    More Details Hide Details The designer of Allen's wedding dress confirmed she was several months pregnant on the wedding day.
    Allen and her sister opened their own clothing store titled "Lucy in Disguise" on 15 September 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In November that year, she took legal action against Associated Newspapers, the parent company of the Daily Mail after the Daily Mail published photographs of her home, citing invasion of privacy and copyright infringement. Allen did not entirely abandon music during the period she focused on starting her family.
    She featured on the UK top five single, "Just Be Good to Green" by Professor Green in June 2010.
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    In September 2010, she gave what would be her last performance for two and a half years, supporting Muse at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
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    In October 2010, Allen won her second BMI Pop Song Award by the United States music licensing organization Broadcast Music Incorporated for extensive United States radio airplay of her song, "The Fear".
    More Details Hide Details Allen was named the face of the National Portrait Gallery as part of the gallery's marketing campaign. The picture was photographed by Nadav Kander emblazoned with the words, "Vocalist, Lyricist, Florist". Allen and Jamie Hince, guitarist for The Kills, raised £48,350 for the children’s charity The Hoping Foundation. The pair sang "Dream a Little Dream of Me" at a karaoke auction fundraiser. Karl Lagerfeld, the head designer for Chanel personally hired and photographed Allen for a campaign to promote a luxury line of handbags due to launch in September 2009. In September 2009, Allen announced that she was considering a career in acting, that she would not renew her record contract, and that she had "no plans" to make another record.
    Her work on this album with Greg Kurstin earned her the Songwriters of the Year at the 2010 Ivor Novello Awards.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, she won with Kurstin Best Song Musically and Lyrically and Most Performed Work for "The Fear". Allen appeared overwhelmed by this recognition from what she considered "real awards".
    She began her It's Not Me, It's You World Tour in March, touring throughout the next two years until September 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 23
    In July 2009, Allen began dating Sam Cooper, a builder and decorator.
    More Details Hide Details On 5 August 2010, Allen announced that she was pregnant with her and Cooper's first child, later confirmed to be a boy due early in 2011. She experienced complications early in the pregnancy, including "about a week and a half of really heavy bleeding." In late October, six months into her pregnancy, Allen contracted a viral infection which caused her to suffer a stillbirth, announced on 1 November. On 6 November, Allen was admitted to a hospital, where she responded well to treatment for septicaemia.
    By February 2009 she had stopped addressing controversies about herself on her blog because she found it "boring when people just pick stuff up and write about it.
    More Details Hide Details People get hurt, people get upset." In September 2009, she shut down her Myspace account and stopped social networking completely in December due to the abuse she was taking. In May 2009, French football magazine So Foot published a fake interview in which Allen was quoted as making derogatory remarks about David and Victoria Beckham and Ashley and Cheryl Cole. Some of the material was reprinted in the British tabloid The Sun. Both publications later apologized and paid damages to Allen. In October 2009, after having created her career on MySpace, Allen deleted her social media accounts and announced "I am now a Luddite". She later re-activated her accounts. In August 2012, Allen was accused of racism after writing "I hate it when black cab drivers spend the entire journey on the phone. I WANTED A CHAT!" Allen responded that in Britain and Europe taxicabs are called "black cabs" because they are painted black.
  • 2008
    Age 22
    It's Not Me, It's You was first scheduled for an early 2008 release, but her miscarriage and creative issues delayed the release date to the autumn.
    More Details Hide Details During autumn 2008, EMI was undergoing restructuring. Due to this environment, a decision was made to move the album's eventual release date. An online game, Escape the Fear, was created by Matmi as part of the viral marketing campaign targeted at people unaware of Allen or the album. Since its release, "The Game" has topped the worldwide viral charts three times, including the week of Christmas—a highly contested time of the year. By 18 February 2009, "The Game" had been played over two million times. The singer and The Clash guitarist Mick Jones performed The Clash's song "Straight to Hell" on an album for the charity Heroes. It's Not Me, It's You was released in February 2009. It debuted at the number 1 position in the UK, Canada, and Australia and the number 5 position in the United States. The album has been certified platinum in the United Kingdom. The release of the album was a factor in EMI's more than trebling its earnings. The first single from the album, "The Fear", was number 1 for the first four weeks in the UK after its release. The second single released from the album, "Not Fair", reached the number 9 position.
    On 29 June 2008, Allen performed at the Glastonbury Festival alongside producer Mark Ronson.
    More Details Hide Details An emotional Allen dedicated her performance of "Littlest Things" to her grandmother who died the night before.
    Her appearance at the 2008 Glamour Awards also generated criticism, as she showed up intoxicated wearing a dress covered in decapitated Bambi figures, and had an on-stage, expletive-laced exchange with Elton John.
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    Allen cancelled a scheduled appearance at the 2008 Isle of Wight Festival, telling festival promoter John Giddings the reason for the cancellation was that her album was behind schedule.
    More Details Hide Details Giddings said that the reason given was not acceptable and possibly a lie. Giddings decided not to sue her. Photos of her drunk and topless in the Cannes Film Festival were also widely covered in the press.
    Allen won a 2008 BMI songwriting award for "Smile".
    More Details Hide Details Allen signed a one series contract to present her own BBC Three TV show titled Lily Allen and Friends based on the social networking phenomenon that helped to launch her music career. Guests included Mark Ronson, Joanna Page, James Corden, Lauren Laverne, Roisin Murphy, Louis Walsh, and Danny Dyer. The show attracted only 2 per cent of the total multi-channel audience despite a high-profile nationwide marketing campaign. Citing Allen's rapid development as a TV host and her popularity among its target audience BBC Three announced it was renewing Lily Allen and Friends for a second season. BBC Three controller Danny Cohen later said that the show would not air in the Spring of 2009 as originally scheduled because of music commitments. Allen performed at a benefit concert for War Child, an international child protection agency that works with children affected by war. Backed by Keane, Allen sang "Smile" and "Everybody’s Changing".
    She also provided background vocals to a couple of songs on the Kaiser Chiefs' third album in 2008.
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    Allen's single "Littlest Things" from her album produced by Ronson, helped earn him a "Producer of the Year – Non Classical" 2008 Grammy Award.
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  • 2007
    Age 21
    Allen is a cricket fan and has appeared on Test Match Special. Allen began dating musician Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers in September 2007, and in December, Allen announced that she and Simons were expecting a child.
    More Details Hide Details Allen suffered a miscarriage in January 2008. Following five months of dating, Allen's relationship with Simons ended soon after her miscarriage. Allen has stated that she spent three weeks in a psychiatric clinic due to depression following the miscarriage.
    On 1 July 2007, Allen appeared at the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium, London to celebrate the life of Princess Diana.
    More Details Hide Details She sang "LDN" and "Smile".
    In 2007, she played the newly launched Park Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, replacing M.I.A. who had cancelled.
    More Details Hide Details During the festival she reunited two members of The Specials, an act that guitarist Lynval Golding claimed played a "massive part" in the group's 2009 reunion. She also sang the vocals on the top ten single, "Oh My God", a cover of the Kaiser Chiefs song by Mark Ronson.
    On 28 June 2007, Allen was arrested in London for allegedly assaulting photographer Kevin Rush while she was leaving a nightclub in London's West End.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to this, she had expressed discomfort with attention from the paparazzi on her Myspace blog.
    Allen also did several promotional ads for MTV as their Discover and Download artist of the month for January 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The album was released in the US on 30 January 2007, landing at 20 on the Billboard 200. By January 2009, the album had sold 960,000 copies in the UK and 520,000 copies in the US.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    By December 2006, her music video for Smile had been played on various music channels as well as the song getting a little airplay.
    More Details Hide Details Entertainment Weekly named Alright, Still as one of the top 10 albums of 2006 despite the fact that it had not yet been released in the US.
    Allen's debut album, Alright, Still, was released in July 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Most of the tracks had been previewed on her MySpace page, including the singles "Smile", "LDN", "Knock 'Em Out", and "Alfie". In September 2006, "Smile" was made available on the US version of iTunes Store.
    As she accumulated tens of thousands of MySpace friends, The Observer Music Monthly (OMM), a magazine published in The Observer, took interest in March 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Few people outside of her label's A&R department knew who she was, so the label was slow in responding to publications wanting to report about her. She received her first major mainstream coverage, appearing in the magazine's cover story two months later. The success convinced her label to allow her more creative control over the album and to use some of the songs that she had written instead of forcing her to work with mainstream producers. Allen decided to work with producers Greg Kurstin and Mark Ronson, finishing the rest of the album in two weeks.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    Allen then created an account on MySpace and began posting demos that she recorded in November 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The demos attracted thousands of listeners, and 500 limited edition 7" vinyl singles of "LDN" were rush-released, reselling for as much as £40. Allen also produced two mixtapes — My First Mixtape and My Second Mixtape — to promote her work.
    In 2005, Allen was signed to Regal Recordings; they gave her £25,000 to produce an album, though they were unable to provide much support for it due to their preoccupation with other releases such as X&Y (Coldplay) and Demon Days (Gorillaz).
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  • 2004
    Age 18
    Allen began writing songs, while her manager introduced her to production duo Future Cut in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details They worked in a small studio in the basement of an office building.
  • 2002
    Age 16
    She eventually used her father's connections to get signed to London Records in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details When the executive who had signed her left, the label lost interest and she left without releasing the folk songs many of which were written by her father. She then studied horticulture to become a florist, but changed her mind and returned to music.
  • 1998
    Age 12
    She appeared as a lady-in-waiting in the 1998 film Elizabeth, which was co-produced by her mother.
    More Details Hide Details She dropped out of school at age fifteen, not wanting to "spend a third of her life preparing to work for the next third of her life, to set herself up with a pension for the next third of her life." When her family went to Ibiza on holiday, Allen told her mother that she was staying with friends but remained in Sant Antoni de Portmany instead. She earned money by working at a Plastic Fantastic record store and dealing ecstasy. Allen met her first manager, George Lamb in Ibiza. She was rejected by several labels, which she attributed to her drinking and being the daughter of Keith Allen.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on May 2, 1985.
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