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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's Not Fair How Many Dumb Dumbs Are Out There, Right Lily Allen?

After a 24-hour bout with what was either swine flu, malaise or just plain lazy assed-ness, D'luv is back to banging out the trash.

One notable video and single that's gotten a tad glossed over is Lily Allen's second offering from It's Not Me, It's You—"Not Fair."

Lesser-informed folks who've got head firmly up arse (if you can believe it, not actually a reference to Lily) would have you believe "Not Fair" is a flop. And if you're using the pretzel logic that having a single enter the U.K. Top 10 at #10 one week, then climb to #9 the next while the album that spawned it is catapulted back into the Top 5 is a flop, then, well, flopsville it is.

Alas, that's simply not the case, and "Not Fair"—not officially released a a single till May 11, mind you—has given Lily her fifth U.K. Top 10 hit.

Anyway, as previously noted round these parts, I'm on board with Lily Allen this album. Chalk it up to the bangs and face glitter.

And in a bit of decent timing, it's been announced that Lily will be playing Austin City Limits this year, possibly ensuring a third D'luvvly pilgrimage to Texas this September.



  • At 12:27 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    She hit #10 on downloads ALONE, correct? The single was not out last week on CD, right? I am trying to follow all this!

    Regardless, it is safe to say the album is successful.

  • At 12:50 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Yes, based off downloads. The official release date isn't till May 11.

    So, you know, total flop...

  • At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Fuckloads Of Diamonds said…

    ZOMG, I love this song even more than "The Fear."

    I predict Lily will be a catalog artist! Girls at Vassar will buy her albumz!!!

    PS She achieves here what Jenny Lewis attempted with her vid for "Rise Up With Fists!!"

  • At 4:34 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    see i keep saying this is definitely a hit! It's number 9 based on a few promo performances and that video. good for her i say! Even if it goes no higher that's a hit in my book.

    Glad you are on board with the lileth fair.

  • At 8:02 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I was surprised at this for a single choice, but I'm glad it's doing well - it's such a random song that sounds like nothing that's been released in the last 10 years which is awesome!

  • At 9:45 PM, Anonymous numbfromdrugs said…

    clever vid. i approve.

    now, can you get us backstage for her set at ACL?

  • At 1:57 AM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    For sure, it's a great track. Didn't "The Fear" debut at #1 (on downloads alone) and stay there for several weeks? "Not Fair" has been on the UK chart for 5 weeks, and certainly doesn't qualify for "flopsville" -- unless you are a record company guy comparing it to "The Fear". For those guys, every single that doesn't debut at #1 or jump there within a few weeks is a flop to them.

    Here's hoping it goes to #1. Lily is a class act and deserves it.

  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Yuri, I think that's generalizing re: label execs. "The Fear" was Lily's first legit musical offering in a long time, and the single was made available for download prior to the album's release.

    "Not Fair" comes along now three months after the album has been available (keeping in mind the single's official release date is still a week away).

    Also, the week the "Not Fair" vid was put online, the album jumped from the lower reaches of the the Top 20 or Top 30 or wherever it was to #2.

    The case of label execs expecting everything to chart at #1 is probably the case with more manufactured pop acts, like, for instance, Spice Girls or Steps, etc. But even those are outmoded examples, since the music biz has changed so much since the beginning of the decade.

    I'd argue that Lily Allen is the type of artist who's label cares more about moving $13 albums than a 99 cent single.

    "Not Fair" might have been more likely to chalk up as a flop if each of her other singles had hit #1 or #2. Then #9 might seem a bit disappointing.

  • At 3:14 PM, Anonymous oPaul said…

    Love her, but the video was kind of whack. Porter's jacket changed from green to red which was odd...but what was odder yet was that her look was straight out of an ABBA video...so why bother with the Porter Wagners b.s?

    Is this a 13 year old's interpretation of the past -- where it all just runs together -- like dinosaurs on The Flintstones?


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