Lilly Allen

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Lily Allen (born 2.5.1985)

Lily Allen is an English singer-songwriter, with several hit singles and a successful debut album to her name. She also now hosts her own BBC Three talk show, Lily Allen and Friends, in which she invites her MySpace contacts to be the live audience for the show.

Lily Allen: Childhood

Lily Allen was born in Hammersmith, London, to the comedian / actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. She has an older sister, a younger brother and sister and several half-siblings. Her parents separated and Lily lived with the comedian Harry Enfield for some time, whilst her mother dated him. She is the goddaughter of the late singer / guitarist of The Clash, Joe Strummer.

Despite claiming that she grew up in a working-class environment, she attended some of England priciest private schools. Including Prince Charles' former school, Hill House, Allen attended 13 schools in total. She was expelled from many of them for drinking, smoking and performing oral sex.

Aged 11, a teacher who overheard her singing an Oasis tune told her that she was talented and suggested that she pursue music further.

Lily Allen left school aged 15 and following a family holiday in Ibiza, she stayed on the island and earned money dealing Ecstasy and working in the Plastic Fantastic record store.

Lily Allen: Musical Career

Lily was initially signed to Warner Music, thanks to her dad's connections but when the executive who had signed her left the label, the rest of the company lost interest in her. The folk songs that they had presented to her remained unreleased.

In 2005, she was signed to Regal Records, after having met the production duo, Future Cut. She was given £25,000 to record an album.

Lily Allen's MySpace popularity has been well documented. She began posting demos online in November 2005. The tracks attracted thousands of listeners and a small run of 500 copies of 'LDN' was hastily released. The Observer Music Monthly took interest in her popularity but few people outside of Regal's A&R department knew who Lily Allen was, so the label's response to requests for interviews was slow!

Lily chose to work with producers Greg Kurstin and Mark Ronson to finish the album and it was completed in two weeks.

The album was entitled Alright, Still. Entertainment Weekly named it one of the Top 10 albums of 2006, despite it not having been released in the US.

Lily Allen has undertaken a number of collaborations, including providing backing vocals for Robbie Williams on his Rudebox album, for Basement Jaxx on the track 'Lights Go Down' and 'Wanna Be' by Dizzee Rascal.

Lily Allen: Personal Life

In 2007, Allen was questioned for an alleged assault on a photographer at Los Angeles airport. Her work visa for the 'States was revoked and she was forced to cancel her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas. She later sacked her management company, blaming them for the loss of her visa.

Allen also had to cancel a scheduled appearance at 2008's Isle Of Wight Festival, because her album is behind schedule. The event organizer, John Giddings publicly said that the reason for cancellation was unacceptable, but decided not to sue Lily over the cancellation.

Lily's openness in interviews has often landed her in hot water. She attended school with Luke Pritchard of The Kooks and made disparaging remarks about them in interviews. She also called Bob Geldof a 'c*nt' and a 'sanctimonious prat.' When she performed at Glastonbury in 2007, she included negative lyrics about Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud. When asked by the NME how she would celebrate if her debut single went to number one, she replied "gak" (a colloquialism for cocaine). She has since apologized for the remark.

Lily suffered a miscarriage in January 2008, after falling pregnant to Ed Simons of The Chemical Brothers. The couple met in September 2007 but according to her father, Keith Allen, the pair had split by Spring 2008.

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Can any one help my little boy aged 8 soon loves lilly he was born prem by 13 weeks and suffered bilateral brain damage we have been very fortunate to that he has had an operation that has changed his life called selective dorsal rhizotomy and it has enabled him to walk a little with aids and each year he will improve he no longer suffers in pain and is a changed little boy for the good im aiming to get him to be able to walk a mile and when he can i want to fundraise for another child to have the op he was only numbr 11 in the uk and it really makes a huge difference but i would like to be able to contact lilly not for money but to see if she would come to our event as who dont just love her and her music has helped my boy get through his physio sessions if anyone can help please can you thanks becci

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lily allen isa babe

lily allen is the fittist female on this planet her music is amazing she has got 1 gorges smile xx hope she reads this 1 day xx

5 years 8 months ago
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Ninja

Who the f**k is Lily Allen? You are a little cheap chav so please keep your comments to yourselves with regards to legalising drugs and slating people like Katie Perry (I don't really care about Katie Perry for reference).The only reason people know who you are is because of your chavvy mouth and outspoken comments, your music isn't that popular (except on Radio 1 of course but thats your main target audience Lilly isn't it?).I would never hit a woman but f**k me I would make a exception for you.

5 years 8 months ago
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Alexis

Personally, I love Lily Allen. Her music and her voice, her style and just the vibe we get of her when you see her on television and stuff, and I think she is gorgeous! I also like the fact that she doesnt always try to be like a celebrity if you know what I mean, she just goes out and about like any other would as if she isn't famous (like just looking at some of her photos, just going about looking casual), she doesnt always 'put on a show', she is real and she shares her opinion and she doesn't take crap, but people take her all the wrong way, shes just far to misunderstood sometimes and I believe she can be quite insightful. And to those who constently bag her out, go and get an effing life! Instead of sitting around making complaints (pointlessly might I add) like a grumpy old chav, go and find something that has some point to it to write about.

5 years 8 months ago
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BLU WA$P

lily is frikkin fantastic, lyricly blessed and down to earth. I think your a little bit s**t mate. Go home.There are too many sheep in the world, following other sheep bout time someone stood up and said, yeah, he's s**t, whys that allowed and so on.ur a sheepslag BRUVV

7 years 9 months ago
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dohertyslover4ever

LILY ALLEN IS A c**t. does she think anyone cares about her pathetic ignorant opinions? She's had one mediocre hit and thinks shes "in" and has the right to slag off people who are so enormously out of her league. If anyone had respected you for your music, your pathetic opinions based on ur ignorant perspective of life has lost all respect you could have ever had had. You're out before your even started. c**t.

8 years 1 month ago
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JohnOnTheWey

Smile is the most bestest album I've bought in years. I can't quite understand how someone Lily's age could possibly write a song as perfect as "Littlest things" - I nearly mowed down a bus queue this morning when I was listening to it whilst I was driving; too many tears. JOTW

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LegoTrip

Lily Allen is awesome, I think her music is totally fresh in comparison to pretty much all other Top 40 pop outfits.Actually, I am trying to meet Lily Allen using nothing but the internet, if you guys feel it in your heart to help me, please go here: HelpJaredWoodsMeetLilyAllen.com

4 years 9 months ago
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golfolla

Jesus, just logged onto this site and was disgusted with the abuse being thrown in poor Lilys direction. Lily is one of the most talented, and honest songwriters EVER. She doesn't stick to the safe subjects like most other so-called 'artists'. And I also think these people giving out about Lily are really sad and pathetic. How about showing a bit of Appreciation for someone who doesn't totally change the minute they get the 1st cheque from the music company. So Grow Up And Stop Being So SAD !!

5 years 2 months ago
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blank_expression

shut the fu(k up u dik head! lily allen slags off people who need to be slagged off and also need a slap round there face! e.g madonna and the pussycat dolls, lily is wat the music scenes have needed for a long long time! so if i was you i'd shut ur mouth coz ur wastin your time u dork!

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