Lily Allen has announced that she will hit the road in September for her first North American tour in five years. The British pop singer is touring in support of her new album Sheezus, which was released to much critical fanfare on May 6th by Warner Bros. Records.
The album has peaked at No. 1 on iTunes in six countries, including the U.K., at No. 2 on iTunes in seven countries, including the U.S., and is Top 10 on iTunes in a total of 20 countries. Tickets for the tour go on-sale May 16th, with the exception of Los Angeles which is on-sale May 15th.
In addition to the tour, which kicks off in Miami on September 9th and concludes on October 10th in Los Angeles, Allen is also performing a sold-out show at New York City’s Highline Ballroom this week (May 15th). In addition, she will appear on The Today Show on May 14th, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on May 15th, and Live with Kelly and Michael on May 26th. She will also tape an episode of PBS The Artist’s Den airing later this summer.
Critics have weighed in on Allen’s return with Cosmopolitan announcing that “Britain’s top pop provocateur is back and as unapologetic as ever.” U.K. music bible Q declares her “Britain’s smartest pop star” and notes that Sheezus is a blend of “punchy feminist statements, wistful party jams, NSFW love letters to her husband, two-finger salutes to her critics, and moments of startling vulnerability.” In its four-star review, The Timescalled it “The Mother of all Comebacks.” Elle.com calls Allen “the pop world’s Greek chorus, an important voice reporting from the front lines.” New York magazine says: “It’s Lily Allen, so we are ALWAYS paying attention.”
Since emerging in 2006 with her iconic debut single “Smile,” Allen has gone on to sell over five million albums worldwide. Her huge success in the U.K. not only quickly spread around the world, but also helped shift the musical axis toward young female artists. Her talent as a songwriter was acknowledged in 2010 when she won three Ivor Novello Awards. That same year she announced she was taking a break from making and performing music. In 2013 Lily returned to the studio, having spent the previous three years raising her young family and establishing her own record label. At the end of 2013, Lily released two songs simultaneously – her cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know,” which reached No. 1 in the U.K. and the download-only track “Hard Out Here,” which charted in the British Top 10 that same week. Allen has been making waves with “Hard Out Here,” which Entertainment Weekly called “a booming critique of pop’s double standard” and “a lot of fun.”
Watch the “Hard Out Here” video here.
Watch the “Air Balloon” video here.
Watch the “Our Time” video here.
Watch the “Sheezus” video here.
Lily Allen’s upcoming U.S. tour dates are as follows:
09/09 Miami, FL, Fillmore Miami Beach @ Jackie Gleason Theatre
09/10 Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues
09/13 Houston, TX, House of Blues
09/14 Austin, TX, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amph.
09/15 Dallas, TX, House of Blues
09/17 Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
09/19 Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
09/20 Boston, MA, House of Blues
09/23 New York, NY, Terminal 5
09/25 Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
09/27 Montreal, QC, Metropolis
09/28 Toronto, ON, The Sound Academy
09/30 Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
10/01 Minneapolis, MN, Skyway Theatre
10/04 Seattle, WA, Paramount Ballroom
10/05 Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom
10/06 Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
10/08 Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
10/10 Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium
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