Lily Allen

BATD ON Mar 25, 2010 AT 6:46 pm

Lily Allen

Like many other stars with fairy tale stories, Lily Allen was discovered on Myspace. After tens of thousands of fans requested her friendship on the site, the media began to take notice, including the Observer Music Monthly, a magazine published in the Observer. The magazine published a feature about her success on Myspace, and two months later, she was their cover story. With this mainstream coverage, Regal Recordings, her label, gave her more creative control over her debut album, Alright, Still.

This album brought about huge international success and several nominations at the BRIT Awards, Grammy Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards. Now a household name, she began hosting her own talk show entitled Lily Allen and Friends on BBC Three. With her second album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, she transformed from reggae to electropop. She has had several number one singles in the UK, and she and her father, Keith Allen of Fat Les, are the only father-and-daughter acts who have both had number one songs in England.

Ever since she was catapulted into the limelight, Lily has got herself a lot of media attention for punching paparazzi, kicking in doors, and her outspokenness on her Twitter. She stopped using her laptop and Blackberry for a few months, causing her to give up social networking, but in February she returned.

Lily has collaborated with several acts including: Basement Jaxx, Robbie Williams, Dizzee Rascal, and Common, and she is currently being pursued by Jay-Z, who wants to work on a song for the Wireless Festival in July.

It is likely she won’t accept Jay-Z’s offer because she has given up on music, giving her final performance in March. If February, she won the BRIT award for British female solo artist and stated that it was, “the perfect way to say goodbye.”

But she won’t be leaving altogether. She has many new endeavours up her sleeves. First, she is creating her own record label without Internet access, her own personal way of fighting the war against music pirating. She is hoping to find new acts and bring them into stardom the old fashioned way. She will also team up with her sister to open up a clothes-hire shop called Lucy in Disguise. A camera crew will be following her for a reality show depicting how she makes this transition. This isn’t her first fashion attempt. In 2007, she launched a line of dresses, shoes, and accessories called Lily Loves.

Although she doesn’t plans to return to the stage for five years, we can’t help but hope it will happen sooner!

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