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Lily Rose Beatrice Allen was born on May 2, 1985, in Hammersmith, London, and is the daughter of comedian Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. According to an article by BBC News, Allen's childhood was a mix of working-class and privileged experiences. While claiming to have lived in public housing, she attended many upper-class schools, including Prince Charles' alma mater Hill House. In all, she attended 13 schools in a matter of ten years. Allen's teen years were disrupted by drug use and drinking, and at 15 she dropped out of school to pursue a music career. That career got off to a rocky start when her first label, London Records, lost interest in Allen shortly after signing her. However, in 2004, her manager, George Lamb, introduced her to the production group Future Cut, who worked with and released Allen's first and second singles, "Smile" and "LDN," in 2006. "Smile" reached number one in the UK, according to the BPI, and number six on the U.S. Billboard Top 40.
After a strong showing for her demos and mix tapes on her MySpace page, as well as a cover article in OMM, Lily Allen released Alright, Still on July 14, 2006, to critical praise. Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield wrote that her ironic description of London is "just more proof that Lily Allen's an original," and Pitchfork Media included Alright, Still in its "Top 50 Albums of 2006," saying that Allen has a "genuine personality with wit and attitude to spare." The album reached number two in the UK and number 20 on the U.S. Billboard 200. For her latest album, It's Not Me, It's You, Allen expanded her online presence, releasing the entire album on MySpace prior to its official release. The album was released in the UK on February 9, 2009, and in the U.S. on February 10. Since arriving on the scene, Lily Allen concerts have been a strong draw, with performances in Glastonbury, New York, and London being particularly notable.