Lily Allen was left red-faced after flashing her breast onstage at Britain's V Festival on Sunday (18Aug14).
The singer was among the acts closing out the final day of the two-leg event at the site in Chelmsford, England, and she took to the stage wearing a low-cut silver catsuit with no bra. The racy outfit accidentally unzipped during her performance, and she flashed her nipple to the audience.
Allen also used her set to silence ongoing rumours about trouble in her marriage to Sam Cooper, the father of her two daughters, dedicating a song to her partner and telling the audience, "This song is for my husband, who I'm very much still with - so f**k anyone who says that I'm not."
Singer Lily Allen won high praise for replacing ill headliners Two Door Cinema Club at England's Latitude Festival after fans of the indie group targeted her for abuse after she was drafted in at the last minute. Fans of the band attacked festival boss Melvin Benn for choosing to let Allen take over the group's slot after the band pulled out of the Suffolk event - and many took aim at the Smile singer on Twitter.com.
Preparing to take the stage, Allen confessed she was "exhausted by nastiness" on Twitter, but she was in good spirits for her performance, even covering Two Door Cinema Club's Something Good Can Work and telling the crowd, "I'm sorry I'm not Two Door Cinema Club but I've promised I'll give it my best."
Benn later told reporters he was thrilled Allen had agreed to fill in: "She's done a fantastic thing in offering to come and play. It's a tough thing to find a headline act at the last minute.
"She's not been to Latitude before. I've spoken to her, she's very happy, (but) she's p**sed off about the abuse from the Twitter cranks."
Allen also performed a brief set on another stage at the festival earlier in the day, and during her main performance, she brought her two-year-old daughter Ethel out with her and allowed the youngster to sing briefly for the crowd.
The Black Keys and Damon Albarn will headline the other two nights of the festival.
British pop star Lily Allen has stepped in to save the U.K.'s Latitude Festival after rockers Two Door Cinema Club cancelled their headline slot. The band was due to perform at the event in Suffolk, England on Friday (18Jul14), but they pulled out after frontman Alex Trimble collapsed at an airport in Seattle, Washington while en route to London and was hospitalised with a stomach condition.
Allen has now offered to take over their slot at the festival on Friday, marking her debut at the event just weeks after she performed a huge set at Britain's Glastonbury festival.
The singer says in a statement, "So sorry to hear about Alex from Two Door Cinema Club. However, I am more than happy to step in. I've never been to Latitude but I hear it's fabulous and I can't wait to get my heels on for some serious dancing action on Friday evening - so, so excited."
Other acts performing at the event across the weekend (19-20Jul14) include Blur star Damon Albarn and The Black Keys.
Pop star Lily Allen crowned her musical comeback with a bizarre performance at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Friday (27Jun14), singing while surrounded by giant baby bottles as her husband and children watched from the side of the stage. The Smile hitmaker stepped out of the spotlight in 2010 to concentrate on starting a family with her husband Sam Cooper, and she relaunched her career this year (2014).
She showed off her quirky side at Glastonbury by taking to a stage adorned with enormous baby milk bottles as a nod to her new role as a mum as daughters Ethel, two, and Marnie, 17 months, watched from the wings.
Allen's romance with Cooper began at the festival in 2009, and she paid tribute to her husband during her set, turning to face him and saying, "Last time I played here was five years ago and that was the night I got together with my husband. Five years later he's here with my two beautiful babies. I love y'all so much."
The singer's shortened Friday night set was delayed by 30 minutes while festival organisers waited for a lightning storm to pass.
Taking to the Pyramid Stage, she said, "Thank f**k for that, the rain stopped! Just in time. I've got to be quick 'cos our set time has been cut short."
A lost World Cup anthem recorded by late comedian Rik Mayall is expected to enter Britain's pop charts this coming weekend (ends15Jun14) thanks to a social media campaign launched by fans. The funnyman, who starred in cult 1991 film Drop Dead Fred, recorded Noble England for the nation's 2010 World Cup campaign, but it failed to make a dent on the U.K. Top 40.
But bosses at the Official Charts Company have confirmed the track is a surefire hit the second time around - thanks to fans responding to Mayall's sudden death on Monday (09Jun14).
Noble England was sitting at number 38 on the new chart a day after the campaign was launched, and it is expected to enter the countdown much higher.
The track could become the unofficial anthem for the England team as they compete in the World Cup in Brazil. The squad doesn't have an 2014 tournament anthem, although Lily Allen has released one track and her actor dad Keith has re-released his soccer tune Vindaloo.
Singer Lily Allen has scored her second number one album on the U.K. music charts. The Smile hitmaker's third studio album, Sheezus - which is her first record in five years - has beaten out Take That frontman Gary Barlow's Since I Saw You Last for the top spot.
Last week's (ends04May14) number one, Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love, has dropped to number three, while Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction claims the fourth spot.
Meanwhile, Mr Probz's Waves has beaten out Calvin Harris' Summer for the top spot on the U.K. singles chart.
Kiesza's Hideaway, John Legend's All of Me and Sigma's Nobody to Love round out the new top five.
Lily Allen pokes fun at fellow pop stars Katy Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Lorde in her new single Sheezus. The Smile hitmaker mocks the singers, claiming she will steal the pop crown from them and become "Sheezus".
She particularly ridicules newcomer Lorde by suggesting the teenager will "slay" anyone who gets in her way on the road to stardom, while Allen also calls Lady Gaga a "martyr" of pop music.
In the chorus, Allen sings, "Ri-Ri (Rihanna) isn't scared of Katy Perry's roaring, Queen B's (Beyonce) going back to the drawing, Lorde smells blood, yeah, she's about to slay you, kid ain't one to f**k with when she's only on her debut. "We're all watching Gaga, L-O-L-O, haha, dying for the art, so really she's a martyr, the second best will never cut it for the divas, Give me that crown, b**ch, I wanna be Sheezus."
Sheezus is the title track from Allen's upcoming album which is due for release on 5 May (14).
"I think that all industries that can be taken advantage of by the Internet now, there is no time for irony, it is like 'What the f**k is going to sell?' That is it. And I bet you it is the biggest selling cover they have had in five years." Lily Allen is convinced Vogue magazine bosses were striving to improve sales by putting reality TV star Kim Kardashian on the cover of the American edition with her fiance Kanye West.
British singer Lily Allen has vented her anger online after she was criticised for her views on feminism this week (begs03Mar14). The Hard Out Here singer guest edited an issue of free London magazine ShortList with the theme 'How to be a man - by women', and she told readers she hates the word 'feminism' because "girls are pitted each other" and women need to "stop being so horrible to each other".
Her comments sparked a backlash on Twitter.com, but Allen has now spoken out to defending herself amid the fan furore.
She tells gossip website Holymoly.com, "I think you rather missed my point. I said that I believe women are equal to men, we are all human. I can't believe that we're still having to have discussions about feminist (sic) because sexism should not exist anymore... ps, I did not chose the 'how to Be a Man ' title either. I am very greatful (sic) to Shortlist for having me on their cover but they did ham that interview up a little."
She then penned an angry message to her critics, insisting they have no right to judge her unless they are campaigning outside British Prime Minister David Cameron's official residence in Downing Street.
In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "Unless your (sic) standing outside downing st (street) with one of those Australian Bush Hats with dirty tampons in place of corks 'shouting equal rights for men and women' you've got no place telling me what kind of feminist I am or am not. F**k off."
The sex abuse scandal concerning Woody Allen and his daughter Dylan Farrow has taken hold of the cinematic conversation lately, and left us grappling with many questions. There are many different interpretations and responses to Farrow's open letter (which can be read in full here on The New York Times site), in which she detailed the alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. It is important to note that, like most adopted children, Farrow does not reference Allen as her "adoptive" parent -- he is simply her father, and the description she shares is nothing short of horrifying and heartbreaking.
What is, perhaps, most shocking or compelling about the piece is the final paragraph, in which she calls out specific actors who have recently worked with her father:
"What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?"
With the publication of such a powerful work, Hollywood could no longer pretend the accusations had never happened. Lena Dunham was one of the first celebrities to speak out, taking to Twitter to voice her support:
To share in this way is courageous, powerful and generous. Please read: http://t.co/RKKREFB8hM
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 1, 2014
Soon after, Cate Blanchett — one of the artists named by Farrow — also spoke out, but her response was far more PC than Dunham's: "It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some sort of resolution and peace.” Some people felt that Blanchett's response was too PC, a cop-out, in fact. Was she, like much of Hollywood, trying to avoid taking an actual stance on the matter because of her professional relationship with Allen? She's up for an Oscar for her performance in Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine. Did that have something to do with it?
Others felt that Blanchett responded appropriately. What could she really say, especially having just worked with Allen? And others have argued that Farrow was wrong to call out the actors in the first place. It could be said that she placed blame on innocent parties for the alleged actions of her father. You could argue that she involved people who have no business in the matter. According to Alec Baldwin, that's exactly what she did: "What the f--k is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family's personal struggle?" This tweet (and some others that followed) has since been deleted.
Bloggers the world over are weighing in their personal thoughts on the matter, and at least one blog in particular has tried to collect all of the most pertinent facts in one place for their readers. Some of us believe we will never know the truth, and can, therefore, watch any Woody Allen flick guilt-free. Some of us felt so strongly about the words in Farrow's letter, her description of the abuse and the childhood memories tainted by this relationship with her father, that we cannot watch another one of Woody Allen's masterpieces without thinking of Farrow and the signifcance of something as simple as a train set in an attic. Others cry out in defense of Allen, and lash out at these supposed liars (the Farrows), while others have vowed to never watch another one of his works again.
All of this raises, among many other issues (like those concerning sex abuse and victim-blaming), the ever-important question of the artist's relationship to his or her art. If you believe the allegations — or even think, for a second that they might be true — is it possible to take the Woody Allen out of Manhattan? Or Annie Hall? Or Midnight In Paris? One could ask the same thing about Roman Polanski and The Pianist, or Carnage. And what of Michael Jackson and R. Kelly? And the many other artists who have been accused of the most egregious crimes — what of them and their work? Right now, many of are asking these questions, and although we may not soon find an answer — and although many of us are not even on the same page — one can at least appreciate the fact that these conversations are taking place, and people are feeling compelled to speak out on all sides. If nothing else, it may inspire those inclined to stay silent in the face of abuse and other adversities to speak up and share their stories.
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