Monday, December 29, 2008

Lily Allen to Tour It's Not Me, It's You Kicks Off U.K. Tour March 14th

Capitol Records released "The Fear," the lead digital single and video from Lily Allen's album, It's Not Me, It's You. The track, which explores the dark side of celebrity and consumer culture, goes for adds at U.S. radio in January. "The Fear" just went to radio in the U.K., where it's already been featured as "Record Of The Week" on Scott Mills' BBC Radio 1 show. The accompanying video, which was directed by Nez (The Streets, Kano), received its U.S. premiere last Friday on MySpace, so be sure to check it out.

It's Not Me, It's You is both a continuation of the preoccupations of Alright, Still, Lily's critically acclaimed debut, and a stiletto-heeled leap forward. The forensic, affecting, often humorous examinations of relationships and sexual politics are still there, but bigger themes are also tackled. BLENDER aptly summed it up as "part God, part country and all middle finger." Working in a tiny rented house in England's Cotswolds and at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, Allen wrote and recorded the album's 12 songs with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who collaborated with her on three tracks for Alright, Still - "Everything's Just Wonderful," "Alfie" and "Not Big."

Lily recently sold out a special show at London's Koko in less than an hour, and will launch a full U.K. tour March 14th. (See below for itinerary.) Plans for a U.S. tour are being finalized and will be announced shortly. She's already been the subject of "in the studio" features by Rolling Stone and BLENDER and a cover story in PAPER. Lily appears on the cover of NYLON's December/January double issue, which can be found on newsstands now.

With 2007's Alright, Still, Allen was hailed as "the archetypal singer-songwriter for the iPod generation" (NME). After a release week performance on "Saturday Night Live," the album entered The Billboard 200 at No. 20. She was nominated for four Brit awards, a GRAMMY® award and an MTV Video Music award, featured in numerous publications (including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Spin, BLENDER, Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among others) and performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "TODAY." Certified Gold in the States, Alright, Still has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Lily Allen - U.K. Tour Dates

3/14 Glasgow Academy
3/15 Manchester Academy
3/18 Bristol Academy
3/19 Southampton Guildhall
3/20 Brighton Dome
3/22 Norwich UEA
3/23 Birmingham Academy
3/24 Leeds Academy
3/26 London Shepherd's Bush Empire