The daughter of actor Keith Allen, Lily emerged in the early 00s as a female counterpart to the streetwise, wry lyricism of The Streets. Signed by the cult label Regal Recordings, Allen began posting demos on her MySpace page, and the overwhelming response gained her valuable column inches and airplay for her limited-edition debut single LDN, which emerged in September 2006. The gathering hype around Allen was helped by the singer's witty and sometimes scathing blogs and her first album, Alright Still, arrived to glowing reviews the following summer. The word of mouth praise became a press landslide when Allen's second single, the ska-influenced Smile, went to the top of the charts. The album was released in the USA early the following year and made an impressive debut at number 20 in the Billboard charts. Allen subsequently contributed vocals to Mark Ronson's version of The Kaiser Chiefs' single, Oh My God, and duetted with USA rapper Common on his single Drivin' Me Wild. After a lengthy absence, Allen announced her return with the UK chart-topping single The Fear, followed swiftly by her second album, It's Not Me, It's You, in early 2009. It maintained the biting humour of her debut, but featured a broader musical palette with elements of country music, electro pop and dubstep alongside the ska influences.
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Influenced By: The Specials, The Streets, Blur, The Slits...