The Horrors criticise 99p price-tag for Lily Allen's 'Sheezus' album

Pricing plan designed to secure "a surefire Number One", says Rhys Webb

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Rhys Webb of The Horrors has criticised the fact Lily Allen's new album 'Sheezus' is being sold for just 99p by one online retailer.

Google Play users are currently able to purchase Allen's third album for the bargain price following its release this Monday (May 5). The Horrors also released their latest album, 'Luminous', this week and bass player Webb feels that the aggressive pricing plan was designed purely to boost the album's commercial potential, at the cost of its overall worth.

"Her record ­company have done that to give Lily a surefire Number One," Webb told the Daily Star."Albums should be ­something that are there for a lifetime."

If so, the plan has worked, Official Chart Company data shows that 'Sheezus' is Number One at the midweek stage of this week's Album Chart, 12,000 copies ahead of nearesr rival, Paolo Nutini . The Horrors are currently at Number Six.

However, one pop star that The Horrors do approve of is Beyonce, with Webb saying he feels the band have more in common with her than other bands. "Beyoncé doesn’t sound the most ­obvious influence on our music. But her songs are like modern-day Motown classics and we identify more with that than we do with our contemporaries."

The Horrors will play an album launch show in London at the 100 Club on May 10. The band are yet to announce a full UK tour in support of the release, but will play a number of festivals throughout the country including Field Day in London (June 8), Isle Of Wight (June 13-15) and Reading and Leeds (August 22-24).

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