Singer, Songwriter Lily Allen Tries U.S. Music Market Again

Posted on February 6, 2009

Lily Allen Its Not Me Its YouBritish singer Lily Allen has had plenty of success in the UK but Lily's first attempt to break into the U.S. music scene was thwarted by visa problems and canceled concerts. The Wall Street Journal says Lily is trying to reach U.S. listeners again this year. Lily says she's tired of being compared to Amy Winehouse, who she says she's nothing like.
Ms. Allen is tired of the debate, especially after being pitted against Ms. Winehouse constantly in the U.K. media. "I've never been so compared to someone in my life, and I just felt like, what's this all about? We're both just girls. That's the only thing we have in common," she says. "What defines me isn't that I'm young and I'm female."

It's sentiments like these that fuel much of her new music. "The Fear," the album's lead single, is a satirical song about material excess, set to a glammy pulse. With echoes of Madonna's "Material Girl," Ms. Allen sings about being "a weapon of massive consumption," hoping for riches and coveting diamonds. "I hear people die when they're trying to find them," she sings.

When the song was written, she says, "I honestly thought it was about someone different. Now, in retrospect, I see that 'The Fear' is all about me and everything I feel guilty about."
Lily Allen's album, It's Not Me, It's You, will hit stores on February 9th and in the U.S. on February 10th. Here's the music video for Lily's latest single, "The Fear."