Have you heard of Lily Allen
? Probably not. Allen is a 21-year-old London native who dropped out of school at 15 to focus on music. She promoted her songs in that frantic, inexperienced way that people with no professional connections do. Usually it doesn't work. But for this cutesy brunette, it did.
Last year, Allen put some songs on MySpace
and somehow (magic?) attracted enough attention to get some BBC Radio One airplay and a record deal with Parlophone. She's had two singles hit number 1 and number 7 in the UK. And now she's on tour...um...nowhere near here. Her stuff is light and melodic; low-key pop with hints of rap. Good for summer. No wonder why people in Britain are falling all over themselves for her.
She keeps a blog on her website that chronicles her recent tour ("left for Italy last Friday to do a tvprogramme called " festivalbar" it was neither a festival or a bar , more of a large stage in the town square of an italian village in the pouring torrential rain with some interesting looking presenters") her ex-boyfriend, her dog, and the sort of hijinks that 21-year-olds tend to have ("Some of the lads from the band got a bit excited and decided to have an arm wrestling contest, not content with proving their manliness they decided to have a hundred metere sprint competition ............. in flip flops").
You can stream her whole album, Alright, Still
, from her website. It came out July 17, but I have yet to figure out if it's available in America. iTunes doesn't have it and I haven't had time to check out Grimey's today. I like "Smile" the best. Check out her "Mixtapes" ֠Allen's music combined with everything from CCR to Ludacris.