Lily Allen: Musical Career
Lily was initially signed to Warner Music, thanks to her dad’s connections but when the executive who had signed her left the label, the rest of the company lost interest in her. The folk songs that they had presented to her remained unreleased.
In 2005, she was signed to Regal Records, after having met the production duo, Future Cut. She was given £25,000 to record an album.
Lily Allen’s MySpace popularity has been well documented. She began posting demos online in November 2005. The tracks attracted thousands of listeners and a small run of 500 copies of ‘LDN’ was hastily released.
The Observer Music Monthly took interest in her popularity but few people outside of Regal’s A&R department knew who Lily Allen was, so the label’s response to requests for interviews was slow!
Lily chose to work with producers Greg Kurstin and Mark Ronson to finish the album and it was completed in two weeks.
The album was entitled Alright, Still. Entertainment Weekly named it one of the Top 10 albums of 2006, despite it not having been released in the US.
Lily Allen has undertaken a number of collaborations, including providing backing vocals for Robbie Williams on his Rudebox album, for Basement Jaxx on the track ‘Lights Go Down’ and ‘Wanna Be’ by Dizzee Rascal.