A Spotify advert referencing Lily Allen's new song F**k You has been banned by the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The song title was included in a promotional email sent to users of the music streaming platform.
Lily Allen is following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Victoria Beckham by donating her unwanted designer clothes to a London charity shop. The former Spice Girls star sparked hysteria among shoppers in the British capital last month (Nov13) by delivering 20 boxes of her designer gear, including high-end shoes and bags, and her husband David's suits, to a British Red Cross store to raise money for relief efforts in the Philippines.
Hundreds of eager bargain-hunters queued for hours to snap up Beckham's cast-offs, and now fellow pop star Allen is attempting a similar feat.
The Smile singer has handed her gear to Oxfam's store in London's Goodge Street to help raise money for Syrian refugees who have been displaced by the country's ongoing civil war.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "I just dropped off bags loads (sic) of clothes at Oxfam Goodge St to raise cash for Syria's refugees... Go go."
"She's cool but, to be honest, I wasn't sure how it was going to work out on that song... But then when she sang it, she opened her voice and that first note came out. It was like, 'Oh, wow, this is brilliant.'" Robbie Williams was impressed with fellow British pop star Lily Allen when they teamed up for a duet on his new album.
Lily Allen insists she was not mocking fellow pop star Miley Cyrus by including a raunchy 'twerking' dance routine in the satirical video for her latest track Hard Out Here. In the promo for her comeback single, Allen appears to lambast the explicit antics of other female pop stars by dancing provocatively in a skin-tight bodysuit.
The dance moves include Cyrus' signature 'twerking' routine, but the Smile hitmaker is adamant she was not poking fun at the former Disney star.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I couldn't say we are really great friends but I do really like Miley.
"She's funny, witty and clever, I love what she does... I never went on record saying the video was a direct pop at her - it wasn't. People have come up with so many conclusions about that video that if I had to explain each of them I'd be there for hours. So I didn't feel the need to explain anything to her when it came out."
Allen would also love the chance to collaborate with the Wrecking Ball hitmaker, adding, "Anyone who knows me, or follows me on Twitter, knows I love that girl more than anything. She's probably way too busy for someone like me but yeah (sic), I'd welcome the opportunity to work with her."
British singer Robbie Williams has made U.K. pop history by scoring the albums chart's 1,000th number one with his new release, Swings Both Ways. The Angels hitmaker notched up his 11th solo chart-topper, equalling Elvis Presley, 57 years after Frank Sinatra earned the first ever U.K. number one.
The Beatles hold the record for the most releases to hit the top of the albums countdown with 15, although Williams also has four more accolades under his belt from his time as a member of boyband Take That.
Swings Both Ways left Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2 trailing in second place, while Jake Bugg entered at three with Shangri La.
In the singles chart, Lily Allen climbed to the top with her cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know, which features in Christmas TV advertisements for leading British retailer John Lewis. She also racked up another hit at nine with her new track Hard Out Here.
Meanwhile, rockers Bastille debuted at two with Of The Night, and Williams' ex-Take That bandmate Gary Barlow landed at three with solo release Let Me Go.
Ac/Dc fans have launched a campaign to drive the band's rock anthem Highway To Hell to the top of the British charts this Christmas (13). A social media campaign has been set up on websites including Facebook.com urging fans to download the 1979 single next month (Dec13) in a bid to secure the coveted Christmas number one slot as a celebration of the band's 40th anniversary this year (13).
The drive aims to derail the upcoming winner of Britain's reality TV show The X Factor, who will launch an assault on the U.K. charts over the festive season.
A message posted on the campaign's Facebook.com page reads, "Christmas No.1 2013... it's your choice... AC/DC are coming. Remember though... we are all here primarily to celebrate 40 years of AC/DC *BUT* it just so happens that The X Factor have moved the date of their winner's single back to the Christmas week after a 2 year gap. Wouldn't it be sweet to grab Mr.Cowell by the big balls at the same time we salute the greatest band on the planet?"
The campaign mirrors a similar scheme from 2009 when Rage Against the Machine's expletive-ridden single Killing in the Name was pushed to the top of the U.K. charts, keeping The X Factor winner Joe McElderry from clinching the Christmas number one.
Highway to Hell will also face competition from pop star Lily Allen, who will release a cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know, and the cast of reality TV series The Big Reunion, including 911, Blue, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X and B*witched, who have recorded a version of Wizzard's festive hit I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.
"I can't listen to the song, I've got to be honest. It's quite shrill." Pop star Lily Allen confesses she can't stand hearing her cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know, which features in Christmas TV advertisements for leading British retailer John Lewis.
Singer Lily Allen deliberately planned a controversial comeback, and she was not surprised when her racy new promo racked up 2.5 million hits on YouTube.com in just two days. The Smile hitmaker has been on hiatus since 2010 when she put her pop career on hold to concentrate on raising a family, but she has returned to the spotlight with new single Hard Out Here.
The song's release is accompanied by a saucy video in which she apparently mocks her pop peers Rihanna and Miley Cyrus for their explicit onstage antics and performs Cyrus' signature 'twerking' dance moves.
Now Allen has revealed she purposefully aimed to cause a scandal with her comeback as she knew it would generate more interest in her career relaunch.
She tells NME magazine, "It doesn't surprise me. I've been away for four years and people have been anticipating what I was going to come back with. I wanted to make a video that made people talk - so it's done the trick."
When asked if she was unhappy some critics missed the satirical element of her promo, Allen replies, "I'm sad that some people have got the wrong end of the stick, but that's how it is. All you can do is put something out there, and the way people interpret it is the way people interpret it. I'm just happy people are talking about it."