Lily Allen

Lily Allen


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.

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.

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.

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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Hilary Duff Filming Tinder Dates For New Reality Series?

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Hilary Duff has reportedly been filming her dates with men she met using the dating app Tinder. The 27-year-old actress, best known for her roles in Lizzie McGuire and Gossip Girl, may be using the footage for a reality series, according to reports in TMZ. Duff is recently single having filed for divorce from her husband of four years, Mike Crombie, in February of this year. 

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Hilary Duff has reportedly been filming her Tinder dates.

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Jay Z Removes 'Reasonable Doubt' Album From Spotify, Places It On Tidal

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The much discussed Tidal revolution seems to already be taking effect. Having purchased the new streaming service as part of a joint venture and re-launching it as an “artist friendly” business model, Jay Z has removed his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt from Spotify.

The rapper removed his album overnight between Monday and Tuesday, and it is currently unavailable to stream in the US and Canada. It is, for the moment, still accessible for UK users. Instead, North American fans can find it on – you guessed it – Tidal.

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Jay Z has removed his debut album 'Reasonable Doubt' from Spotify

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Lily Allen And Madonna Offer Their Opinions On Jay Z's Tidal Streaming Service

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The biggest music news of the last few days has been the launch of the subscription-only streaming service Tidal, and the stars have been lining up to give their differing opinions on the controversial business model.

Jay-Z re-launched the service at a star-studded press conference including the likes of Kanye West, Rihanna and Daft Punk on Monday (March 30th), promising that Tidal would be a “better experience for both fans and artists”.

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Lily Allen has expressed concern about Tidal's business approach

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Lily Allen Says She Will ''Give Up Social Media'' After False Report On Her Sobriety

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Since Lily Allen had already stated several years ago that she has had issues with alcohol abuse, the British singer was more than annoyed when several reports surfaced on Tuesday (Dec 8th), claiming that she was "giving up alcohol" in order to "grow up."

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Allen fired back at reports that claimed she recently gave up alcohol to "grow up"

In one alleged false report, she was quoted at the British Fashion Awards apparently saying, "I'm sober tonight. In fact, I haven't had a drink for a month. It's been hard not drinking, but I'm trying to grow up. Finally."

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'Sheezus' is the eponymous track from Lily Allen's number one third album. A tongue-in-cheek track that mocks the pop industry - including herself - the track was released as a promotional single in April 2014.

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Talks about her latest Glastonbury performance as a married mother in the video for her newest single 'As Long As I Got You', the sixth single to be released from her third album 'Sheezus' which topped UK charts upon its release.

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Lily Allen covers Keane's 2004 hit 'Somewhere Only We Know' for the 2013 John Lewis Christmas advert. It became her third UK number one single and appeared on her chart-topping 2014 album 'Sheezus' as a bonus track.

Lily Allen On Why She Turned Down "Smug" Band-Aid 30

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Lily Allen has revealed that she turned down the opportunity to sing on the new Band Aid 30 record because she considered the project "smug". In an interview in the Mail On Sunday's Event magazine, Allen quite rightfully suggested she would rather donate the money herself than sign up for what she dubbed a "success club" of celebrities.

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"I got an email asking me to do it," she explained. "It's difficult to explain why I didn't do it without sounding like a complete ****. I prefer to do my charitable bit by donating actual money and not being lumped in with a bunch of people like that." 

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Lily Allen Emotionally Recalls Stillborn Son: "It Was The Most Unfortunate Thing That Can Ever Happen"

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It isn't often fans get to see a venerable side to the usually confident Lily Allen, but when the British pop star recently recalled one of the saddest times in her life, when she gave birth to a stillborn, 6 month-old son in 2010, she became very emotional.

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Allen became very emotional whilst recalling her stillbirth son in 2010

During a very candid interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, which aired on Saturday, Nov. 8, Allen remembered losing her first child and said, "I think it's difficult for anybody regardless of what world they live was the most unfortunate thing that can ever happen to a person."

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Lily Allen Signs Up With New Managers

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Lily Allen, the English singer/songwriter known for her single, 'Smile', has reportedly gotten new management. This comes in the form of AMA Manager of the Year, Scott Rodger, and Henry Village from Stack House Management. The news was first revealed by Billboard when they reported a cover story on a collection of UK managers that have teamed up to create Maverick, a new managing group, of which Rodger is a member.

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Allen left Rocket Management in June, and has just signed with two new managers.

In June, 2014, Music Week released a story confirming that Allen had left the Rocket Management company after six and a half years. Despite having her third studio album, 'Sheezus', reach the number one spot on the UK album chart, Allen was apparently unhappy with the choice of what songs were released as singles, leading to her departure.

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