From MySpace to the West End!
Just like Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen used MySpace to her advantage by building a fan base in the mid-’00s on the platform and thus attracting the attention of record companies.
The bidding war for her signature was eventually won by Regal Recordings, and the debut, Alright, Still, was released in 2006.
With the help of Mark Ronson and the single Smile, she captured the British public’s interest using a mix of reggae, ska, and pop.
The follow-up, It’s Not Me, It’s You, had more of an Electro-pop, country feel. Singles Not Fair and The Fear did well, leading to a world tour, the main stage at Glastonbury, and 2.5 million copies sold.
Lily Allen’s third album, Sheezus, isn’t as strong; the only real success comes from the bonus track, Somewhere Only We Know, which, as part of a Christmas and charity campaign, sold over 1 million copies.
Somewhere Only We Know was a cover, previously released by Keane in 2004, and had already been a hit.
Her 4th album, No Shame, came in 2018 and had elements of her first album’s reggae influence. With lyrics about marital breakdown and substance abuse, it did show a slightly more mature side of Lily, although the general public didn’t take to it well, with low sales and streaming figures.
Since the fourth album, Lily has been focusing more on acting, both in the West End (2:22 A Ghost Story) and on-screen, playing Elizabeth Taylor in How to Build a Girl.
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You can learn how to play Not Fair by Lily Allen using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.
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Oh, he treats me with respect, he says he loves me all the time…