Not Surprisingly, Lily Allen Has Some Very Strong Opinions About The ITunes Store

Feb 27th, 2007 // 5 Comments

lilywallpaper.jpgOh, Lily Allen! As if you didn’t have enough music nerds swooning over your MySpace-posting, NME-bashing ways, now you’ve gone and slammed the ITunes store. From this week’s Sound Opinions interview:

…iTunes [is] kind of bullying people into corners by making sure they have extra, you know, extra songs so they can put them on the front page. And they won’t [advertise] your album unless you kind of give them extra material and so on. And we’ve kind of been backed into a corner. We want to do this remix, but the remix isn’t ready, but they need it delivered by today and blah blah blah. So I said, ‘Okay, fine, give iTunes the rubbish remix, and then what I’ll do I’ll get the people remixing it to do a good remix and then we’ll give it away for free on MySpace.”

As far as behind-the-scenes dealmaking goes, this isn’t exactly a revelation; the iTunes’ opening page is prime real-estate, and surely it doesn’t come cheap. But this is the first time we’ve heard an artist openly complain about any alleged “bullying,” and we can’t help but picture Steve Jobs assembling a team of hired goons to take Allen down, only to watch in frustration as each highly paid assassin is won over by the cheery horn line on “Smile.”



  1. Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue

    When you look with your eyes,
    iTunes seems nice.
    But then you look twice,
    you can see it’s all lies!

  2. NickEddy

    “We want to do this remix, but the remix isn’t ready, but they need it delivered by today and blah blah blah.”

    I’m sure any delay was due to the large staff working long hours on the pitch correction software, if “Smile” is anything to go by. Most general out-of-tune-ness since the chorus of “Lean On Me” as done by Timex Social Club, to go all the way back.

  3. The Mozfather

    As I just saw Lily Allen sing live a week ago, I can heartily assert that the lady can sing quite well.

  4. NickEddy

    I don’t doubt it, there’s just something about “Smile” that sounds out of tune to me. I like LA, actually.

    Then again, I always tell my girlfriend that if I win the lottery I am going to fill my car trunk with guitar tuners and wing them at out-of-tune local bands as warranted.

    No, she doesn’t get tired of hearing me say this ever.

  5. cerulgalactus

    Is there anything or anyone that she does like?

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