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It took four minutes and 23 seconds for Lily Allen to shed any goodwill she had built up in the five years since her last album dropped, which is impressive. The “Hard Out Here” video was supposed to be many things: a triumphant return, a humorous strike against the blatant sexism of Robin Thicke, a… More »

You’ve known Sia Furler for a while whether you realize it or not. The Australian singer and songwriter has been hovering around the music industry for nearly two decades. She scored a UK hit with the exceptionally late-’90s-sounding 2000 trip-hop single “Taken For Granted,” but the Sneaker-Pimps-meets-Spice-Girls approach didn’t fly in the US. Thanks i… More »

Seeing as we gave you a mid-year countdown of 2014’s best albums so far earlier this week, now seems like a good time to step back and assess the best and worst of what the pop sphere has given us this year. More »

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Stream The New Lily Allen

Lily Allen’s sophomore effort It’s Not Me, It’s You is streaming at MySpace, the pop star’s blog platform of choice. Have a listen while you check out pictures of her bum. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 3, 2009 - 12:15 pm

Lily Allen @ KOKO, London 1/28/09

Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me, It’s You has a more electro-pop vibe than her ska-sampling breakthrough Alright, Still, but thematically not much has changed. The British pop star readily admits she still likes to party — she’s only 23, she blogs in her defense — and like many kids these days, her life is a… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 29, 2009 - 12:08 pm

Lily Allen Debuts New Material In Unplugged Radio Session

Ms. Allen gave us her (and Mick Jones’s) take on “Straight To Hell” last week, but the Clash cover won’t appear on her upcoming full-length It’s Not Me, it’s You. The three songs she performed on Absolute Radio’s Zoo Session will. She did “22,” “The Fear,” and “He Wasn’t There,” accompanied by a guitarist and… More »

By: brandon / January 28, 2009 - 11:23 am

Lily Allen Covers The Clash Song “Paper Planes” Sampled

Or, in words your parents will understand: Lily Allen did a cover of the Clash’s “Straight To Hell” with the original’s co-writer Mick Jones, no less. Originally released in 1982 as the third single from Combat Rock, “Straight To Hell” returned to the spotlight last year after its familiar opening riff was sampled on M.I.A.’… More »

By: brandon / January 20, 2009 - 1:52 pm

TV On The Radio, Hot Chip, Beck Show Some Cover Love For The New War Child Compilation

Lots of artists you enjoy are covering lots of other artists you enjoy for another tribute album organized by and benefitting War Child, the “network of independent organisations, working across the world to help children affected by war.” The pairings are mostly logical — the Hold Steady covering the Boss, TV On The Radio covering… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 12, 2009 - 4:55 pm

Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You Preview

On Friday we included Lily Allen’s second studio album It’s Not Me, It’s You in the list of The 20 Albums We’re Most Excited To Hear In 2009. While Amrit occasionally refers to himself as “a sensitive,” we had no idea just how soon that wish would come to (at least partial) fruition. At the… More »

By: brandon / December 22, 2008 - 9:42 am

The 20 Albums We’re Most Excited To Hear In 2009

There a few more days of pretending to look busy at work ahead, but as far as our iTunes are concerned 2009 can’t get here soon enough. We’re done with the lists. It’s time for the new. We pored over the album-release sheets, took myriad Progress Reports, and narrowed the field to a list of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 18, 2008 - 5:06 pm

Lily Allen Covers “Womanizer”

Did you watch Britney Spears’ For The Record “documentary” a few weeks ago? The pop star came off sad and confused like a character in a Christopher Guest movie (“People shave their heads all the time…“), but hey — she looks great. (So good at exercising, that girl.) While Britney was never far from public… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 13, 2008 - 8:31 pm

Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me, It’s You Album Art

The video for “The Fear” — Lily’s first single from this new set of tunes out next year — took us into her trailer, unexpectedly unveiling a frilly, elegant, pink-and-blue choreographed world. She’s paying faux-homage to the world of flash and femininity and class, but she looked convincingly flashy, feminine, and classy doing it. The… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 9, 2008 - 10:00 am

New Lily Allen Video – “The Fear”

On Monday we heard “The Fear,” from Lily Allen’s forthcoming It’s Not Me, It’s You. As mentioned, it was an updated, retouched version of an April demo, a song that pokes fun at losing touch with reality, rich people. For the video Lily’s gone back to being a brunette and from her powder blue and… More »

By: brandon / December 4, 2008 - 1:07 pm

New Lily Allen – “The Fear”

Lately Lily’s been making news more for music than bloggerrhea: collabing with Kaiser Chiefs, turning out bits from her forthcoming It’s Not Me, It’s You, etc. As she’s said, Lil’s “trying to do this album with integrity, and I want you all to know that it has been thought about by me, not just some… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 1, 2008 - 12:59 pm

New Lily Allen – “Everyone’s At It”

Tired of partying until sunlight, honorary Kaiser Chief Lily Allen wants to know when “we will tire of putting shit up our noses.” “Everyone’s At It,” from the forthcoming It’s Not Me, It’s You, tackles the dangers facing the kids these days — they’re prescribing themselves anti-depressants in various forms — and asks why we… More »

By: brandon / October 23, 2008 - 3:26 pm

New Kaiser Chiefs (Feat. Lily Allen) – “Always Happens Like That”

Last week Amrit let you know that the Kaiser Chiefs, who taught us to never miss a beat, were playing “Spanish Metal,” but not of the Haemorrhage sort. This week they play with Lily Allen on the bouncy “Always Happen Like That,” another tune from the Mark Ronson-produced Off With Their Heads. Her participation i… More »

By: brandon / October 6, 2008 - 9:39 am

Lily Allen Sets An Album Release Date

Not just an album, though. This will be an album with integrity! She writes: “I am trying really hard to do this album with integrity and I want you all to know that it has been thought about by me, not just some thrown together last minute industry bullshizz.” Expect it 2/9/09 in the UK. More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 16, 2008 - 11:19 am

New Lily Allen – “Who’d Of Known”

Lily Allen posted a new song on her MySpace last night. She mentions the chorus is ripped from the English boy band Take That, that she doesn’t want to bother clearing the sample, and that it won’t “make it on the new album.” It’s a sweet little love song filled with the details of whe… More »

By: brandon / July 14, 2008 - 9:28 am

New Lily Allen – “Guess Who Batman?”

The title to this Lil snippet may have you start asking WHY SO SERIOUS?, but really Lily’s tackling narrowminded and homophobic politicians, with a healthy dab of showtuney whimsy. In her own blog words:

its just an idea , called “guess who batman ? ” . my label wont let me put whole… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 23, 2008 - 9:52 am

Lily Allen And Perez Hilton Fight Over Katy Perry

The other day we gave you Lily Allen’s day in the life, which involved pink hair, hamburgers, paparazzi and her lunch date’s cleavage. Today there are some graver matters for Lily, who’s taken it upon herself to take on Brand Perez, laying it all out in a post titled “reportedly retarded”:

No pictures today… More »

By: brandon / June 13, 2008 - 12:11 pm

Lily Allen: A Day In The Life

Not Macca style, unfortunately. But still, fun! Lil often uses her blog as a portal to her brain via textual whoaversharing, but this photospread (with captions) of a recent day in L.A. — featuring pics of her fleet of paparazzi, her choice in burger, and her lunch date’s boobs — is what internet-fed voyeuristic impulse… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 11, 2008 - 6:12 pm

Lily Allen Addresses Those Topless Photos, Digs ScarJo, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver

Lil went blonde. Then she went topless. Over at her blog, she has an entry that talks about those NSFW photos as well as her current listening habits. This is what’s on her iPod:

listening to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Scarlett Johanssen doing Tom Waits, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Liquid Liquid and The Fall… More »

By: brandon / May 23, 2008 - 2:36 pm

New Lily Allen – “I Don’t Know” / “I Could Say”

A lot’s gone down since last we checked in with the Lily Allen Programme. Like going whole hog with her Blondie love via a bottle of peroxide. Also, today lucky subscribers of Lily’s MySpace blog post alert got this message:

Eaaasssyy peoples,
So , I’m a blondie and loving it and I’ve been working… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 17, 2008 - 3:21 pm