Lily Allen: 'Laura Mvula told me 'Hard Out Here' made her laugh and cry with happiness' Lily Allen Tickets

Singer says artists including Ellie Goulding and Kate Nash have contacted her to praise the single

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Lily Allen has defended her single 'Hard Out Here' and its video, saying she has received countless messages of praise for them.

The video, which was posted online on November 12 shows Allen dancing with a group of black dancers in a spoof of hip-hop music video tropes. This part of the video has been picked up on by some critics, who claim that using black dancers to gyrate explicitly around a white singer, albeit ironically, is not acceptable.

Speaking to NME at the Red Bull Revolutions In Sound event at the London Eye last night (November 14), she said: "There's been a lot of praise [for 'Hard Out Here']. Millions. Laura Mvula, Ellie Goulding and Kate Nash were all in touch. Loads more. Laura Mvula said she both laughed and cried with happiness when she saw it." She acknowledged that there had also been plenty of critics, "But we’re not going to talk about them."

"I didn't have any intention of what people would talk about [when the song was released]," said Allen. "All you can do is put something out there, and the way people interpret it is the way people interpret it. I'm just happy people are talking about it."

Allen refused to give any more details about her third album, saying it would be announced in due course. When asked if she was looking forward to being so busy in the New Year, with a presumed 2014 album release and tour dates, she joked: "You never know, I might rush-release it before Christmas."

Allen performed two songs – 'Hard Out Here' and 'The Fear' – in the Yo Yo pod at the Red Bull event with Mark Ronson, commenting that she wanted to make her live comeback in London's smallest venue. Revolutions In Sound saw each of the Eye's 32 capsules turned into miniature nightclubs, paying tribute to London's most-famous clubs past and present including Shoom, Bugged Out!, Eskimo Dance and Rinse, whose pod featured Katy B singing her favourite club classics.

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