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It’s been a few years since Lily Allen released any new music. She first appeared on the British music scene in 2005 and quickly gained the public’s attention through self-releasing her own music on Myspace. In 2006, she released her debut album Alright, Still which turned out to be a multi-platinum album in Britain while still hitting gold status (500k) in America. Her second album, 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You, also sold a good amount of copies but proved to be less successful. Shortly after, she took a brief hiatus from music, only briefly appearing on a Professor Green single and a P!nk single.
In 2012, Allen announced that she was planning on returning to music. Early this month, she released a cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” for a John Lewis Christmas advertisement which is being tipped for the UK Christmas number one. Now, Allen has fully returned with her newest song “Hard Out Here.” One of the biggest aspects of her return is the accompanying music video which, as reported by Pitchfork, is a “a scathing takedown of music industry sexism, involving a lot of ironic twerking.” The hugely entertaining video has allusions to recent videos from Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, parodying their content.
With only a single and video out, Allen hasn’t announced any information on a forthcoming album or tour, but that will probably come soon. For now, its nice to just have Allen’s whip-smart pop music back.