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Donaldj
01-15-2009, 08:07 AM
today on billboard.com

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/feature/index.jsp

Allen is due to start a 20-date U.S. tour April 1. Her previous visa problems -- which caused the cancellation of her planned 2008 American jaunt -- have now been resolved.

ELPOLLOLOCO
01-15-2009, 08:14 AM
Funny video for "Alfie":

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and this is a pretty good track with Dizzee Rascal:

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lolwut
01-15-2009, 08:56 AM
today on billboard.com

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/feature/index.jsp

Allen is due to start a 20-date U.S. tour April 1. Her previous visa problems -- which caused the cancellation of her planned 2008 American jaunt -- have now been resolved.

Oh, she failed harder than Uffie in 2007.

Do not want, did not even listen to her after Coachella 2007.
Sold that album in a garage sale for a quarter.

Just no.

BlackSwan
01-15-2009, 09:02 AM
She was fun at Bonnaroo in 07. I'd her set if there were no other conflicts.

Donaldj
01-15-2009, 09:21 AM
Coachella 07 was not great but she can be fun live. Feb 07 at The Fonda in Hollywood was an awesome show. Comparing her to Uffie is pretty harsh, she was no where near that bad.

daft$tar
01-15-2009, 09:27 AM
i love her - her new vid/single is great too

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Donaldj
01-15-2009, 09:29 AM
Yea, I love The Fear too.

anti-square
01-15-2009, 09:30 AM
I didn't plan on seeing her but wandered to the tent while she was performing. I thought she was good.

lolwut
01-15-2009, 09:32 AM
I didn't plan on seeing her but wandered to the tent while she was performing. I thought she was good.

if you like out of tune songs with missing lyrics covered with giggles.. then yeah, it was fucking great.

daft$tar
01-15-2009, 09:35 AM
if you like out of tune songs with missing lyrics covered with giggles.. then yeah, it was fucking great.

lol - guilty as charged

anti-square
01-15-2009, 09:36 AM
I found it a little charming that she was humbled by the crowd she was performing to. She was nervous and even apologized for it, but I could still tell there was talent there. That was the biggest crowd she had performed to up to that point. I guess I'm easy to please.

Donaldj
01-15-2009, 09:45 AM
maybe in the US anti-square. She played Huge Festivals in the UK the summer before.

patsfan5454
01-15-2009, 09:48 AM
I would C lily if she wasnt conflicting with anyone, i listened to about 5 minutes or so of her on my way to the rapture in 07, sounded pretty good, definetly would like to C a whole set

Xenocide
01-15-2009, 09:49 AM
i'd rather have Katy Perry...

daft$tar
01-15-2009, 09:52 AM
i'd rather have Katy Perry...

!?!?!?

noooooooo

seanzie
01-15-2009, 09:52 AM
my wife wanted to see her in 07 so we watched. Her band was extremely talented so it made up for the fact that she was trashed and nervous.

SFChrissy
01-15-2009, 09:53 AM
she's cute and gets me feeling all girly...My friends saw her in 07 and said she was fun...

Donaldj
01-15-2009, 09:53 AM
!?!?!?

noooooooo

I agree I can't stand Katy Perry

SFChrissy
01-15-2009, 09:56 AM
am I blind...cuz i don't see in this article where it says us tour starting in 04.01.09???

algunz
01-15-2009, 10:01 AM
I thought it was lame when she canceled her tour, because she didn't feel like doing it any more.

Donaldj
01-15-2009, 10:06 AM
am I blind...cuz i don't see in this article where it says us tour starting in 04.01.09???

I posted the link at the top but here is the article...

In the nearly two years since Lily Allen's last album, the singer has encountered change more often than Barack Obama's speechwriter.

An interview with her used to consist of a pizza-and-beer encounter in her manager's office; it's now been replaced with a tete-a-tete over tea in her swanky new flat in a nice part of North London, one of the more obvious benefits of the worldwide stardom brought by her hit debut album, "Alright, Still."

Meanwhile, that management firm -- Empire Artist Management -- is no longer in charge of Allen's affairs, replaced by Todd Interland of Twenty-First Artists.

Her label, too, has been ripped apart at the seams. She was one of the last acts broken by the old artist-friendly, financially profligate EMI and will be one of the first to test the brave new world of global artist priorities, synergized marketing campaigns -- and vastly reduced scented-candle budgets.

And if all that wasn't enough for the average 23-year-old British pop phenomenon to deal with, she's also had to cope with having every aspect of her life documented in lurid -- and occasionally invasive -- detail by a U.K. tabloid press seemingly incapable of distinguishing between nightclub high jinks and personal distress. Both have wound up serving as entertainment over the nation's cornflakes.

Her music has also been revamped. "It's Not Me, It's You" will be released Feb. 9 in the United Kingdom on Regal/Parlophone and a day later in the United States on Capitol. The album retains the playful spirit of her debut but, musically and lyrically, relocates her from too-cool-for-school hipster pop to somewhere between the dancefloor and the real world. It's still strong, uncontrived pop music. And it sounds stuffed with hits, starting with the lead track, "The Fear," set for a U.K. single release Jan. 26. It's already top 20 on Nielsen Music Control's U.K. Radio Airplay chart three weeks ahead of its release.

"I did a retro thing last time," Allen says. "And since I did that, a lot of other people did it too. I wanted to separate myself from the group and move forward. People think I've intentionally done something more serious but I haven't."

Indeed, the changes in Allen's life and profile should really make interviewing her now about as straightforward as trying to interrogate Britney Spears using only Amy Winehouse as an interpreter. But somehow, the bright, sparky talent with the filthy laugh and the disarmingly relaxed manner seems to have survived. She sashays in from the bedroom in denim hot pants and a pink top and snuggles up on the sofa under an old blanket to discuss everyone from Perez Hilton ("An irritating wasp in the beautiful rose garden that is my life") to Guy Hands, whose every mention is accompanied by an affectionate "jazz hands"-style finger waggling.

"I was watching my dad on the news," she says with a laugh, turning off the blaring giant plasma screen. "He was talking about me, which was very exciting."

Allen's dad is the perfect barometer by which to measure the exponential growth of her U.K. fame. In summer 2006, when she launched her pop career with the U.K. No. 1 single "Smile," she was usually described as Keith Allen's daughter. Two years on, and her father -- a well-known TV actor most famous as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the BBC's production of "Robin Hood" -- rarely appears in print without being tagged "Lily Allen's dad."

In Britain, Allen's celebrity is now so out of whack with her status as a musician that she's been able to propel her brother (actor Alfie Allen, affectionately lampooned on the debut record's "Alfie"), and his girlfriend (actress Jamie Winstone) to tabloid infamy by association. And her MySpace endorsement of Kate Nash was cited as a prime factor in breaking the Allen-esque singer/songwriter in Britain.

She's also found time to host her own chat show (BBC3's "Lily Allen and Friends"), start a fashion line (for retailer New Look) and get asked by London Mayor Boris Johnson to help sort out the capital's knife-crime epidemic.

"I'm still the same person," she says after a lengthy pause. "But life has certainly changed."

The musical changes have certainly paid off. That "It's Not Me, It's You" -- complete with songs about God ("Him") and George Bush ("F*ck You") -- should be so casually triumphant is something of a surprise. The album has been much delayed since it was first scheduled for release in early 2008, held up for personal (her miscarriage) and creative reasons. Allen maintains that the final release shift, which shunted the album from the fourth-quarter chaos to the relative tranquility of the first quarter, had her full approval.

"The label wasn't in a place where I felt comfortable," she says. "People were still getting laid off and I didn't want my album worked on in an environment where people aren't happy. I wanted everyone to feel a bit more . . . stable."

Allen is under contract for "loads more albums," but she says she would be unlikely to sign to a major if she was starting out now.

The star herself now displays some signs of digital disillusionment, bemoaning how press interest in her blog "outweighs all the benefits of blogging in the first place . . . I'm venting something in a particular place to certain people, I'm not writing things with the intention of them ending up in [U.K. tabloid] the Mirror."

"Alright, Still" has sold 520,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Allen is due to start a 20-date U.S. tour April 1. Her previous visa problems -- which caused the cancellation of her planned 2008 American jaunt -- have now been resolved.

Back in North London, Allen is also energizing herself to face the paparazzi pack that has now gathered outside her flat. Is it surreal to have such mundane moments recorded for posterity?

"Not now, actually," she says. "What's surreal now is when it's not there. To be honest, I start to slightly panic when people don't write about me for a couple of weeks."

And does she ever worry the attention might push her down the self-destructive path that's been trod by Spears and Winehouse?

"No," she says. "I know myself well enough. As soon as I feel remotely depressed I'm checked into a clinic and having intensive therapy. I've seen enough people fall apart to know that's not going to happen to me."

But it's striking how often Allen uses the word "terrifying" to describe aspects of her life and career. And it must be scary to put out an album in an environment where some are watching for the first signs of failure.

"If people like this record, then the record company will offer me more money to do another one," she says matter-of-factly. "And if they don't and I get dropped, then I'll re-evaluate my life. I'm not scared of that -- I'm excited by it. I like getting my teeth into something and having to survive."

Donaldj
01-15-2009, 10:08 AM
I thought it was lame when she canceled her tour, because she didn't feel like doing it any more.

I heard she canceled it because her visa was revoked due to some not so nice things said about Bush.

SFChrissy
01-15-2009, 10:10 AM
thanks...I found just after I posted the help...

I heard visa issues as well...

lolwut
01-15-2009, 10:11 AM
I heard she canceled it because her visa was revoked due to some not so nice things said about Bush.

She canceled twice, once because the doctor said her tonsils were sick and the other time was because of Bush/Visa.

Same reason Skinner wasn't at Coachella last year.. which REALLY pissed me off.

algunz
01-15-2009, 10:18 AM
The visa issues might have been her last attempt at touring the US, but in 2007 (I think not long after Coachella) she canceled all her dates and just did the festivals. She said she wasn't having enough fun. At least that's what I remember.

lolwut
01-15-2009, 10:20 AM
The visa issues might have been her last attempt at touring the US, but in 2007 (I think not long after Coachella) she canceled all her dates and just did the festivals. She said she wasn't having enough fun. At least that's what I remember.

Check her myspace blogs, if she hasn't deleted them. She used to rant as much as Kanye did.

I only know this because I am an avid "dlister"

algunz
01-15-2009, 10:22 AM
Lily's apology for canceling most of her May and June dates in the States is right cheeky. Wouldn't expect less. She blogs:

Hey Guys ,
I'm writing to tell you that I have cancelled many of my May and June tour commitments in America . The reason for this , is because my mummy and daddy are very rich , and I have never been in a position where i have actually had to do any hard work before . I thought that being a popstar meant going out getting trashed with famous people and sleeping in all day . The fact that this is not true has come as a huge dissapiontment to me , and as a result I am throwing the towel in .

No but seriously , I have been on tour with this album for a year now , I have fulfilled every commitment up to this point . I am tired , but more than that I don't think I have been giving my best performances recently . I have been getting really drunk because i've been so nervous about doing bad shows , and I don't want people spending money on a going to see a show that isnt the best it could be . I am not falling apart at the seems , I am not suffering with exhaustion , I am not pregnant , and I am not going to rehab . I will be here in America , promoting the album and also starting to write the second album , which I am beyond excited about . The LA and New York shows will still be happening , and I am still playing Coachella and Bonaroo and all the other festivals .

I'd like to apologise to anyone who has bought tickets , but you can get your money back , if you take 'em back to the place you bought them from .

Donaldj
01-15-2009, 10:23 AM
The visa issues might have been her last attempt at touring the US, but in 2007 (I think not long after Coachella) she canceled all her dates and just did the festivals. She said she wasn't having enough fun. At least that's what I remember.

Doh, you are correct. She did cancel a bunch of shows. I think she did give that excuse as well as exhaustion, partying too hard, depression or something. I agree, it's lame but she isn't the first nor the last to do something similar.

I remember when Portishead canceled a ton of shows in the south and midwest in 1995. I was in Dallas and terribly sad.

lolwut
01-15-2009, 10:27 AM
Doh, you are correct. She did cancel a bunch of shows. I think she did give that excuse as well as exhaustion, partying too hard, depression or something. I agree, it's lame but she isn't the first nor the last to do something similar.

I remember when Portishead canceled a ton of shows in the south and midwest in 1995. I was in Dallas and terribly sad.

She lost Basement Jaxx baby too.

Donaldj
01-15-2009, 10:28 AM
Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers

lolwut
01-15-2009, 10:29 AM
Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers

I was waiting for someone to descramble the info in my head. Thanks.

Somewhat Damaged
01-15-2009, 10:29 AM
I would C lily if she wasnt conflicting with anyone, i listened to about 5 minutes or so of her on my way to the rapture in 07, sounded pretty good, definetly would like to C a whole set

Were you taking a time travel machine to the Rapture? They played Saturday; Lilly played Sunday.

algunz
01-15-2009, 11:07 AM
Yeah, and I missed most of Lily's set because I was sitting waiting for Air. Lame.

indiekid89
01-15-2009, 01:02 PM
How about we just bring back Kate Nash?
She is way better than Lily Allen.
She was amazing at coachella 08.
Even Pink likes her, I was standing in front of her probably blocking her view.

Donaldj
01-15-2009, 01:05 PM
How about we just bring back Kate Nash?
She is way better than Lily Allen.
She was amazing at coachella 08.
Even Pink likes her, I was standing in front of her probably blocking her view.

I'm a Kate Nash fan too. I thought her set at Coachella was good but the sound sucked in the Mojave last year. The show Kate did like a month later in Hollywood was 10x better and impressed me a whole lot.

Alchemy
01-15-2009, 01:12 PM
The sound did suck in the Mojave last year. I expect that from the Outdoor Theatre from time to time, but never from you, Mojave! I hope the stages are all ready to roll this year.

And yeah... Lily Allen will probably play Coachella from the looks of it. I hope she works a little magic in not going alone... as in she brings her boyfriend, or whatever they are... you know the ones... the ones that are gonna' work it out... chemical... I'm talking about Chemical Brothers, guys... from 2005... but in 2009...

Donaldj
01-15-2009, 01:31 PM
And yeah... Lily Allen will probably play Coachella from the looks of it. I hope she works a little magic in not going alone... as in she brings her boyfriend, or whatever they are... you know the ones... the ones that are gonna' work it out... chemical... I'm talking about Chemical Brothers, guys... from 2005... but in 2009...

They split up after she lost her baby. As much of a Lily Allen fan I am I would rather see the Chemical Brothers a whole lot more so I hope you're right!

oftheheartofthesoul
01-15-2009, 08:18 PM
Yeah, and I missed most of Lily's set because I was sitting waiting for Air. Lame.

Me too! Thing was neither shows were that great, but I vote YES to Lily anyway.

sacleonard
01-15-2009, 10:44 PM
The sound did suck in the Mojave last year. I expect that from the Outdoor Theatre from time to time, but never from you, Mojave! I hope the stages are all ready to roll this year.

And yeah... Lily Allen will probably play Coachella from the looks of it. I hope she works a little magic in not going alone... as in she brings her boyfriend, or whatever they are... you know the ones... the ones that are gonna' work it out... chemical... I'm talking about Chemical Brothers, guys... from 2005... but in 2009...

The sound affected a number of acts last year, including Goldfrapp's set.

I caught a little bit of Lily's 2007 set, and I agree with most of the above posts. She was a little nervous (and more intoxicated), but the band was fine.

Xenocide
01-16-2009, 08:35 AM
The sound did suck in the Mojave last year. I expect that from the Outdoor Theatre from time to time, but never from you, Mojave! I hope the stages are all ready to roll this year.


you know, until you mentioned it i never noticed... that would explain why every Gobi act i caught was mind-blowing & all the Mojave acts i caught seemed like a disappointment...

Donaldj
01-23-2009, 12:50 PM
She is this month's Spin cover...

Memorial_07
01-23-2009, 12:52 PM
her performance was pretty lame in '07.
i just dig the alfie song

tyler0js
01-23-2009, 12:57 PM
i love her - her new vid/single is great too

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I like this song more than others I've heard...
Might check her out..

oftheheartofthesoul
01-23-2009, 06:47 PM
She is this month's Spin cover...

And its a good story. Liked the Brandon Flowers interview too, even though I wouldn't know a Killers song if I woke up next to it. Yay free Spin subscription via Coachella!

MissingPerson
01-23-2009, 06:56 PM
Even if you don't like Lily Allen's music, any interview with her is worth hearing/ reading.

Sharp girl, that Allen.

Sharp three-nippled girl.

airguitarvet
01-23-2009, 10:30 PM
im ok with her there

daft$tar
01-24-2009, 09:45 AM
Coachella 07 was not great but she can be fun live. Feb 07 at The Fonda in Hollywood was an awesome show. Comparing her to Uffie is pretty harsh, she was no where near that bad.

fonda was a great show