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MTV and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. We only index and link to content provided by other sites. Lily Allen, is an English singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Her first mainstream single, “Smile”, reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006.
Her debut record, Alright, Still, was well received, selling over 2. Her second studio album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, saw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one. After announcing a hiatus from her music career in 2009, Allen launched her own record label, In the Name Of, in 2011. Allen was born in Hammersmith, west London, daughter of Keith Allen, a Welsh-born comedian, and film producer Alison Owen. At the age of three, Allen appeared in The Comic Strip Presents episode “The Yob”, which her father had co-written.
When she was four, her father left the family. Allen attended 13 schools, including Prince Charles’s junior alma mater, Hill House School, Millfield, Bedales School and was expelled from several of them for drinking and smoking. Allen told Loveline that the audience was “brought to tears at the sight of a troubled young girl doing something good”. At that point Allen said she knew that music was something she needed to do either as a lifelong vocation or to get it out of her system. She played the piano to grade 5 standard and achieved grade 8 in singing. 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. 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. In 2007, she played the newly launched Park Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, replacing MIA who had cancelled. 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. After the release of her first album, her parent record company, EMI, was taken over by Terra Firma.
She also changed her management company from Empire Artist Management to Twenty-First Artists, although her core team remained in place. 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. Giddings said that the reason given was not acceptable and possibly a lie. Giddings decided not to sue her. 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. 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”. 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. On 20 June 2012, Allen tweeted that she was in the studio working with Greg Kurstin on new music. Allen confirmed in an interview with BBC Radio 1 on 19 November 2013 that she was to perform at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival. 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. In December 2013, Allen was announced as one of the newest signees at Warner Bros.
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”. She did not enjoy the music she was being asked to create and believed people within the music industry were controlling her musical choices. Later that year, in December, a song called “Trigger Bang” was leaked and featured rapper Giggs. On 24 January 2018 Allen announced her new album will be called No Shame. The album was released 8 June 2018. An electropop album, No Shame takes influence from dancehall and reggae, and features confessional lyrics that discuss the breakdown of Allen’s marriage and friendships, maternal guilt, substance abuse, along with social and political issues.
On 20 September 2018, Allen published the memoir My Thoughts Exactly with Blink Publishing. 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. Allen announced that she suffered a miscarriage in January 2008. In July 2009, Allen began dating Sam Cooper, a builder and decorator.