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Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper (nee Allen; born 2 May 1985), known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, actress and television presenter. She is the daughter of Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. In 2005, she made some of her recordings public on Myspace and the publicity resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1 and a contract with Regal Recordings.

Her first mainstream single, "Smile", reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006. Her debut record, Alright, Still, was well received, selling over 2.6 million copies worldwide and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, BRIT Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. She began hosting her own talk-show, Lily Allen and Friends, on BBC Three.

Her second studio album, It's Not Me, It's You, saw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the Australian ARIA Charts and was well received by critics, noting the singer's musical evolution and maturity. It spawned the hit singles "The Fear" and "Fuck You", popular mostly in Europe. Allen and Amy Winehouse have been credited with starting a process that led to the media-proclaimed "year of the women" in 2009 that saw five female artists making music of "experimentalism and fearlessness" nominated for the Mercury Prize.

In 2009, Allen announced that she would be taking a hiatus from musical activities. During 2010, Allen opened a fashion rental shop "Lucy in Disguise" with her sister Sarah, followed by the 2011 launching of her own record label. In 2013, Allen revealed that she had begun working on her third studio album, which was later titled Sheezus. On 12 November 2013, Allen premiered the video for her first original song since 2009, "Hard out Here", which was released as a single five days later.

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Lily Allen says Miley Cyrus' live show is 'up there with Oasis or the Stone Roses'

Lily Allen says Miley Cyrus' live show is 'up there with Oasis or the Stone Roses'

Allen will tour with the pop star for a string of dates in the US next month

  • Jul 31, 2014

Lily Allen is no longer working on 'Bridget Jones' musical

Writer Helen Fielding has changed story for West End production

  • Jul 30, 2014

Australian police officers under investigation after Lily Allen Instagram prank goes wrong

Singer pretended she was being arrested by officers at the Gold Coast Airport in Queensland

  • Jul 28, 2014

Lily Allen unveils Glastonbury tribute video for 'As Long As I Got You'

The singer reflects on her experiences at the festival where she met her husband

  • Jul 24, 2014

Lily Allen: 'Nobody at Radio 1 knows what the fuck they're doing'

Singer also lashed out at male-dominated music industry in new interview

  • Jul 23, 2014

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Lily Allen - 'Sheezus'

Lily Allen - 'Sheezus'

The singer's candid but cliched return won't win her any new disciples

  • May 2, 2014

Live review: Lily Allen & Dizzee Rascal

MEN Arena, Manchester Friday, March 5

  • Mar 22, 2010

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It's Not Me, It's You

  • Feb 6, 2009

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The Fear

  • Jan 23, 2009

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I Could Say/I Don’t Know

  • May 23, 2008

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