Lily Allen was born 2 May 1985 and is an English singer-songwriter. Best known for her songs "Smile", "LDN", "Littlest Things", "Alfie", "Oh My God", "The Fear" and her Mockney style, Allen is the daughter of actor/musician Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen also hosts her own BBC Three talk show Lily Allen and Friends.
Her single Smile reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006. In December 2006, her debut album Alright, Still was voted the third best album of the year by Mixmag. In 2007, it was nominated for the award of Best British Album at the BRIT Awards and for Best New Artist at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. The album was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award in the category of "Best Alternative Music Album". Alright, Still has sold over 2,600,000 copies worldwide.
A second album entitled It's Not Me, It's You was released in the UK on 9 February 2009 and the United States on 10 February 2009. In the UK the album debuted at number 1, while the first single from the album â€˜'The Fear'' was number 1 in its first four weeks on the charts. In the United States the album debuted at the number 5 position.
Allen is known for using the internet, particularly her MySpace page, to market her music. Allen's non-career activities have been the subject of extensive, sometimes unfavorable press coverage in both in the tabloid and mainstream media. Allen used her MySpace blog to criticize press coverage and defend and criticize her own behaviour.