Thanks to her outspoken nature, lovely voice, relevant lyrics and fun sound, Lily Allen was one of my favorite artists last year. In fact, her debut album, Alright, Still made my contender list for best albums of 2006. I found out last week that she’s coming stateside and will be the musical guest on SNL February 3rd with none other than Drew Barrymore who will undoubtedly be plugging her new romantic comedy Music & Lyrics in which she stars with Hugh Grant. It actually looks cute so it could be our Valentine's Day flick this year. But, as usual, I digress. Scheduled to perform “Smile” and “LDN”, Miss Allen is sure to be a huge crowd pleaser and I'll go ahead and predict right now that sales of her HIGHLY anticipated (by me!) U.S. release of Alright, Still on January 30th will SKYROCKET after her appearance.
Did I post just to tell you she's going to be on SNL? Well, no...duh! I noticed on her news pages that she's been scooped up by those kind folks who've been bastardizing music for the masses and ruining it for the rest of us for over a quarter century...your friends and mine...MTV. It seems they've finally taken notice of Lily and other new (new to who?!?!) artists like Mika, Silversun Pickups, Gym Class Heroes, Robin Thicke and have chosen her to kick off their Discover & Download Tour series next month. Playing 7 dates in several major cities...L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, NYC, Philadelphia, D.C. and Boston...Allen will head back overseas at the end of February to perform lots of European dates before returning to the states for SXSW in mid-March. Check Pollstar for her complete schedule and if you're fortunate enough to attend any shows, please do and then let me know how the hell it was!
And a taste of what you can expect on SNL…