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In this Articulate exclusive, pop singer-songwriter Lily Allen performs “Come on Then” off her 2018 album, No Shame, at Union Transfer in 2019.

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Lily Allen
Lily Allen

Lily Allen is an internationally famous singer and songwriter and a bestselling author. Her four studio albums have sold over four million copies and spawned three UK number 1 singles: “Smile” (2006), “The Fear” (2008), and “Somewhere Only We Know” (2013).

Allen was born in London to actor-comedian Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. She dropped out of school at age 15 to pursue a music career. Her breakthrough came at age 20 after she posted several tracks on MySpace, then the most-popular website on the internet. Her songs combine revelatory lyrics spoken-sung over an accessible pop sound drawn from a range of musical influences. Her first album, Alright, Still (2006), sold over 2.5 million records; her second, It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009), hit number 1 in the UK album charts and number 5 in the United States. Her third, Sheezus (2014), also topped the UK charts.

Allen’s tell-all 2018 memoir My Thoughts Exactly details her press controversies, public feuds, addiction, longtime stalker, sexual assault, motherhood, struggles with fame, and more.