Her successful return to the music scene after a five-year absence has been rubberstamped by the warm reception afforded latest album Sheezus – and Lily Allen admits her latest offering has a surprise fan in Rihanna.
Despite lukewarm critical responses the 29-year-old singer climbed to number one on the UK album chart with her derivatively titled album – winning high praise from the R&B songstress in the process.
‘I sent Rihanna Sheezus a month ago,’ Allen told Paper magazine. ‘She loved it, thought it was hilarious. She said, ‘Maybe don’t send it to Gaga.’
Opening up: Precocious singer Lily Allen has been chatting to Paper magazine
Laden with the brash honesty that peppered her previous two albums, its lyrical content has still prompted bemused questions from listeners – and the London based singer says she’s bored of dissecting her own lyrics.
‘I kind of hate having to explain my songs… they should be self-explanatory; they’re not meant to be grand statements,’ she said. ‘I’ve never thought, ‘I wanna write a song about the injustices that women face in the music industry.’’
Lily was last spotted at the BBC on Friday – where she bore an unfortunate resemblance to former Coronation Street stalwart Hilda Ogden.
Sitting pretty: Lily’s new album rocketed to number one on the UK chart, but has since tumbled to a lowly number 47 – just six weeks after its release.
Cover girl: Lily was talking to the latest issue of Paper.
Her appearance comes just days after her successful actor brother, Alfie Allen, claims she lied about being offered a role on hit TV series Game Of Thrones, in which he stars.
The singer claimed during a Reddit chat last month that producers of the HBO show had offered her the role of Theon’s soldier sister Yara.
However, Lily turned down the role due to an uncomfortable first scene between the pair which saw Theon attempt to seduce the sister he hadn’t seen in years.
But Alfie, aka Game of Thrones’ Theon, has dismissed the comments, declaring that actress Gemma Whalen was always the first choice.
‘The only thing I’m going to say on this is that’s not true,’ he told Vulture, before refusing to elaborate further.
Footage obtained by TMZ shows Alfie being asked about the situation outside a Los Angeles restaurant, but – once again – he declined to elaborate.
Meanwhile Sheezus slipped to Number 47 on Sunday – just six weeks after it was released.
Which one is Hilda? The Sheezus singer clearly went for an urban aesthetic when she visited the BBC – but ended up more like Coronation Street’s Hilda Ogden.