Lily Allen to release Its Not Me Its You
Lead single "The Fear," which debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart, recently topped Rolling Stone's "Hot List." "The singer packs another lyrical punch as she touches upon the charade of fame, delusions of consumerism and media obsession with her celebrity," said Billboard in a review of the track. The accompanying video, which was directed by Nez (The Streets, Kano) and generated 500,000 clicks in five days when it premiered on MySpace, has been added at MTV, MTV Hits, mtvU, The N, Music Choice and LOGO.
She's also recently appeared on the cover of Billboard, NYLON and PAPER and snagged the lede review/feature in Rolling Stone, US Weekly, People, Entertainment Weekly and Maxim. "This provocateur with a heart of gold has returned with a wicked sophomore record," said NYLON while Rolling Stone noted: "Allen has gotten more musically eclectic, jettisoning the thumping rock-steady of Alright, Still without sacrificing catchiness or dance-floor bounce." Blender described the album, which was produced by Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), as "part God, part country and all middle finger," and People said: "Allen's bite is softened - and in some cases, sharpened - by her sweet-as-pie delivery. It serves her well whether she's riffing on prescription drugs, (the highlight, 'Everyone's At It') or fame (first single, 'The Fear')." "In the end, it's a tale of two Lilys: the naughty postadolescent in the rearview mirror, and the fully realized female coming around the bend," observed Entertainment Weekly.
Artist: Lily Allen
Title: Its Not Me Its You
Release date: 02/10/09
Label: Capitol Records
Single: The Fear
Buy at: Amazon
It's Not Me, It's You is the follow-up to Allen's 2007 debut, Alright, Still, which entered The Billboard 200 at No. 20 after her release week performance on "Saturday Night Live." On the strength of the album, which has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, Lily was nominated for four Brit awards, a GRAMMY® award and an MTV Video Music award.
Lily Allen tour dates
4/1 San Diego, CA House of Blues - San Diego
4/2 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
4/4 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
4/6 Seattle, WA The Showbox SODO
4/8 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
4/9 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
4/11 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
4/12 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
4/13 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
4/15 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
4/17 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
4/18 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of The Living Arts
4/19 Boston, MA House of Blues
4/20 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
4/22 Toronto, ONT Sound Academy
Lily Allen biography
On February 10th, 2009, Capitol Records will release It’s Not Me, It’s You, the follow-up to Lily Allen’s critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Alright, Still. Recorded at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, the album finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender’s recent “In The Studio” feature described as “part God, part country and all middle finger.” Allen wrote and recorded the album’s 12 songs with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who worked with her on three songs for Alright, Still – “Everything’s Just Wonderful,” “Alfie” and “Not Big.”
“We decided to try and make bigger sounding, more ethereal songs, real songs,” says Lily, who will be touring the U.S. in the spring. “I wanted to work with one person from start to finish to make it one body of work. I wanted it to feel like it had some sort of integrity. I think I’ve grown up a bit as a person and I hope it reflects that.”
On It’s Not Me, It’s You, Lily’s characteristically sharp observations find expression in a variety of musical styles, with influences ranging from the Jazz Era to country and western to dance music. “Highlights include ‘Everyone’s at It,’ a synth-pop song about prescription drugs that features Allen on xylophone; ‘He Wasn’t There,’ which matches emotional lyrics about her absent father to a jazz groove; and ‘Not Fair,’ a saucy country song about an inadequate lover,” said Rolling Stone.
Often called the queen of MySpace – a reference to the massive interest generated by early demos she posted on her page – Lily was hailed by NME as “the archetypal singer-songwriter for the iPod generation” while The New York Times observed, “She symbolizes a new blogging-age, middle-class girl: cockily ambitious, skeptical yet enthusiastic, technically savvy, musically open, obsessed with public expression and ready to fight back.”
After a release week performance on “Saturday Night Live,” Alright, Still bowed at No. 20 on The Billboard 200 in February 2007. Certified Gold in the States, it has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Allen, who was nominated for four Brit awards, a GRAMMY® award and an MTV Video Music award, toured the U.S. numerous times and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “TODAY.” A succession of collaborations with artists including Robbie Williams, Mark Ronson, Common, Dizzee Rascal, Jamie T and the Kaiser Chiefs further enhanced Lily’s reputation as an artist of unusual diversity.
Its Not Me Its You Tracklisting
1. Everyone’s At It
2. The Fear
3. It’s Not Fair
5. I Could Say
6. Go Back To the Start
7. Never Gonna Happen
8. Fuck You
9. Who’d’ve Known
12. He Wasn’t There
"Its Not Me Its You" by Lily Allen - release date: 02/10/09..