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Watch Lily Allen Learn To Twerk In The “Hard Out Here” Video Making-Of

Earlier this month, Lily Allen returned with a video for “Hard Out Here,” her first new single in years. The clip attempted (clumsily, I thought) to parody rap-video excesses by showing Allen next to a bunch of dancers, and she quickly defended herself against charges that she was guilty of the same sorts of exploitatio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Lily Allen Responds To Accusations Of Racism In “Hard Out Here” Video

Lily Allen’s “Hard Out Here” video is designed as a satire of objectifying music video cliches, but almost as soon as the clip premiered yesterday Twitter blew up with critiques accusing Allen of a different sort of objectification. Specifically, some people viewed Allen’s use of black backup dancers as racial exploitation. The controversy echoes the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 13, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Lily Allen – “Hard Out Here” Video

Lily Allen back! The awesomely sneery British pop singer left the game for a few years and had new kids, but she’s primed to make a big return with a new album next year. She’s already covered Keane for a British department-store commercial, and now she’s got her first real single since 2009. It’s called… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 12, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Hear Lily Allen Cover Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” For A John Lewis Commercial

The great tough-chick British pop singer Lily Allen released her second album It’s Not Me, It’s You in 2009, and then she pretty much entirely backed out of the game, having two kids and leaving music behind completely. She returned to the stage at a Paris fashion show earlier this year, but we haven’t heard… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2013 - 9:48 am

Watch Lily Allen Sing “Smile” At A Paris Fashion Show

Onetime British pop brat-queen Lily Allen has been away from the stage for a couple of years, but earlier this week she gave her first performance in many, many moons, singing her 2006 hit “Smile” at an Etam Lingerie show during Paris’s Fashion Week. Mark Ronson directed the show, which also had appearances from M.I.A.,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 28, 2013 - 2:24 pm

T-Pain – “5 O’Clock” (Feat. Lily Allen & Wiz Khalifa) Video

The latest single from robo-R&B star T-Pain features a slightly unlikely sample: Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me, It’s You track “Who’d Have Known.” In fact, the song samples her so heavily that she gets a “featuring” credit on it. T-Pain practically spends the entire song singing along with her song, so it’s only fair. Sadly,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2011 - 5:26 pm

Lily Allen’s Pregnant

The 25-year-old is expecting her first child with boyfriend Sam Cooper. She announced she was retiring from performing and would maybe write songs for other musicians back in September 2009, and had been talking about settling down for a while (Allen suffered a miscarriage in 2008). Tabloids noticed she’d quit drinking and smoking over the… More »

By: jessica / August 5, 2010 - 12:15 pm

Winners Florence Welch, Dizzee Rascal Perform Together At 2010 Brit Awards

London hosted the BRIT Awards last night, which offered some nice firsts: Lily Allen won her first award as Best British Female Solo Act and her first as a Snooki lookalike (fire the stylist), and Lady Gaga swept three international awards. International Male of the year? Jay-Z. A performance highlight came via two of the… More »

By: jessica / February 17, 2010 - 11:56 am

Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice 4: 2009 Mashed Up

There could not have been a more apt ID3 than that of Freelance Hellraiser’s “Stroke Of Genius,” the MP3 that launched this decade’s most fitting musical legacy. Parts of two or three or thirty tracks mixed into one supersong? What better than mashups to soundtrack a generation of smartphone-wielding Adderall chompers coming of age i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2009 - 10:59 am

The 14 Best Band Beefs Of 2009

Maybe it was these tough economic times — the sinking music industry, everyone downloading shit for free, rising unemployment. Or perhaps
folks just are getting stir crazy from lack of fresh air, sitting in front of their laptops/4-tracks while their bodies slowly give way. Whatever the case, bands were super bitchy this year. Some fight… More »

By: brandon / December 18, 2009 - 6:58 pm

2009 Q Award Winners

Muse won “Best Act In The World Today” at last night’s Q Awards, so you may not want to pay attention to what else went down in London, but Lilly Allen, Lady Gaga, and Sonic Youth also took home prizes. The recently split Oasis got nothin’. (P.S. Amy Winehouse flashed a 13 year old.)… More »

By: brandon / October 27, 2009 - 9:19 am

Lily Allen – “Who’d Have Known”

You might remember when, last September at London’s GQ Man Of The Year Honors show, Lily was tipsy and got into a barb-throwing spat with Elton John at the podium: The Brit queen chastised Allen for being drunk, Lily responded in essence fuck you very much, I’m 40 years younger than you, to which Elto… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 19, 2009 - 9:17 am

Lily Allen Gets Big Pink Remix, Calls Out Ed O’Brien

London duo the Big Pink recently offered some of A Brief History Of Love’s dusky electronic post-new romantic magic to Allen’s “22,” a song that could use it. Their dramatic face lift shows up as the b-side of the It’s Not Me, It’s You track’s 7″ single. While you listen, learn why Allen takes issue… More »

By: brandon / September 15, 2009 - 5:08 pm

New Lily Allen Video – “22”

In this clip, Lily Allen at 22 is a cute girl with perfect hair and fantastic lipstick application technique that any guy would hit on in a bar. And the 30-year-old version of herself she sees in the mirror is supposedly washed up from years of partying and cultivating no discernible skill set, which i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 13, 2009 - 9:05 am

Glastonbury 2009: Blur Make Triumphant Return, Everyone Covers MJ

Aside from some heavy rains on Thursday and some quick showers Sunday, the throngs at Worthy Farm this year enjoyed some of the best weather in Glastonbury history. In return, the impressive lineup — featuring headliners Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young, and memorable sets from Blur, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Lily Allen, Spinal Tap, etc. More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 29, 2009 - 9:08 am

New Lily Allen Video – “Fuck You”

You first heard her anti-homophobia anthem as (the ostensibly George W-referencing) “Guess Who Batman?,” but when the song resurfaced on It’s Not Me, It’s You, it came with some blunt “Fuck You” titling. Now it has a video sung and shot from Lily Allen’s P.O.V. At first it seems like it’ll be pretty low-tech, but… More »

By: brandon / June 22, 2009 - 1:41 pm

New Lily Allen – “Why”

“Why” is an It’s Not Me, It’s You b-side. It is also Lily at her most vulnerable, aww. She could be a better person, maybe that’s why you don’t love her? The first lines say it all: “Why aren’t I one of these interesting people whose always got something to say / To not be… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 11, 2009 - 10:29 am

New Lily Allen Video – “Not Fair”

I’ve always found Lily’s briticisms (e.g., “on a blag,” “get a Chinese,” etc.) even more charming than her potty mouth, so it’s fun to see the pop star get an over-the-top Americana makeover. Here she’s a guest on the fictional ’70s C&W program The Wagon House. Incidentally, the song’s about premature ejaculation (Lily’s not a… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 21, 2009 - 5:24 pm

Lily Allen Brings “The Fear” to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

As noted after Lily’s stop at Bowery Ballroom last week, a good chunk of It’s Not Me, It’s You is given over to directly textual, emotional confessionals wrapped in melancholic (and occasionally drab) electro-pop garb. If she wasn’t so charming, those stretches in the show would have drowned in a sorry sea of boring/sad. But… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 17, 2009 - 1:57 pm

Lily Allen/Matt & Kim @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 2/10/09

When you think about it, these MySpace Secret Shows really reached their logical conclusion last night. You can just shut it down now. A few songs into a set that was all new but for “LDN” and “Smile,” Lily Allen thanked the site for throwing last night’s free show at Bowery Ballroom, saying: “God know… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 11, 2009 - 10:12 am