Just days after declaring her retirement on her blog, It’s Not Alright, Lilly Allen has done a volte face. After what could be labelled as the shortest retirement, she has made public plans of a co-headline tour with Dizzee Rascal. According to the reports that appeared on Sun, the duo is scheduled to perform on March 5, 2010 at Manchester MEN Arena and on March 7, 2010 at London’s O2.
She took everybody by surprise when despite a summer of successful and widely acclaimed festival performances she declared that she had no plans to play live, at least for quite a while. She claimed that she was looking forward to do other things. These “other things” included a stage show titled ‘Reasons To Be Pretty” in particular and her acting career in general.
Her retirement was getting linked with her ongoing campaign against the ill-effects of illegal file-sharing on musicians until the great rollover. She openly criticized those fans who download music from the internet for free. Hitting out at the piracy, she said that it was a ‘disaster’ for rising artists.
2009 has been a good year for Allen in more than one ways. Her album It’s Not Me, It’s You was acclaimed as an attempt to define times, although, she shrugged it off saying that she did not write songs with a big picture in mind.
Allen was chosen to be the subject of cover stories for Spin Magazine as well as Q Magazine where she nonchalantly revealed to Q magazine that she had been flashing people for years to some extent due to her distaste for bras. “They’re just tits” Allen said.
In a statement in February 2009 MTV declared “She seems less like the model of a 21st century pop star and more like the kind of girlfriend you’d have when you’re 22 — the awesome kind you’d go backpacking around Europe with, wear a sarong with. She is perfectly imperfect. Which is why she’s probably also the most interesting pop star ever created.”
Allen also made it to the list of 60 “Brilliant Brits 2009” published by Esquire Magazine.