artist of the month:

Lily Allen

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Ah, Lily Allen won the poll for March. Goody. Liked her since her debut. For those of you out there who ain't familiar with her, here's a short bio that I've done about her. She's quite well known in the UK and in the States, unsure about the local scene here though. Local airwaves doesn't really appeal to me, except for the station with a 'Class'. =)

Lily Allen, whose full name is Lily Rose Beatrice Allen, is a Singer-Songwriter born in England (London). Aged 23 currently (Birthday is on 2nd May 1985), she has 2 studio albums under her belt and even received a Grammy nomination for her debut album, Alright Still, for Best Alternative Music Album.

I'm gonna focus on the major highlights of Lily's music career (she does have a fair share of scandals, not going into them cause I only judge an artist musically). The road to mainstream recognition roughly started when she created an account on MySpace and posted her demos there. These demos attracted a respectable amount of listeners and at the same time, she released 500 limited edition 7" (inch) vinyl singles of "LDN" (which means a slang for London), which would be the future 2nd single off her debut album. Over time, she accumulated tens of thousands of MySpace friends and this attracted the interest of The Observer Music Monthly (OMM), a magazine published in The Observer.

At that time, few people outside her label's A&R (Artists & Repertoire) department knew who she was, so the label was slow in responding to publications wanting to report about her. After a few months, OMM published an article about Lily's success through MySpace and received her first major mainstream coverage by appearing on the cover story of the magazine.

Following this, the label are convinced that she has potential and this allows her to have more creative control over her debut album and enables her to use some of her own songs that she had written instead of working with mainstream producers to ensure definite success. Lily worked with producers Greg Kurstin (Produced and wrote Britney's "Rock Me In", which is a bonus track off the Deluxe Edition of "Circus") and Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse's producer and Samantha Ronson's Bro) for her debut album.


Alright, Still Lily's debut album. "Alright, Still" is first released as a limited edition 12" format in the UK on 3rd July 2006. Later in the month on 17th July, the full CD is being released in the UK and the rest of Europe. The album is available digitally on the US itunes in Sep 2006 and is released on CD format on 30th Jan 2007. The album title is derived from a line from the 2nd track of the album, "Knock 'Em Out". Lily also stated that she liked Albert Einstein's aphorism "Nothing changes until something moves", and the idea that "everything is alright as long as it's still".

The most obvious attribute of Lily's songs is that her lyrics are conversational-like, with a dark sense of humour (Black comedy-like). The album received with positive response from the critics and consumers alike. It's 6-times platinum in her native country, the UK. The album debuted at number 2 on the UK chart and peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard chart. It's first single, "Smile", peaked at number 1. Other singles released from this album are the re-release of "LDN", "Littlest Things", "Shame for You" and "Alfie".

IMO, this is a strong debut for Lily, though she said recently that she cringes when she listens to this album now as it reminds her that she was a "sort of over-excitable teenager who desperately wanted attention when she wrote it (She only 20/21 at that time). "Smile" and "LDN" (peaked at number 6) are good introductory singles to let listeners know who Lily is and her style. "Littlest Things" is slightly underrated, peaking only at number 21 on the UK chart. It's a dreamy ballad that showcases Lily's sensitive side. I don't really like "Shame for You" and "Alfie" (released as a Double A-side single), but it peaked at number 15.

Highlights of this album are not being released as singles. Weird. My favs along with "Littlest Things" are "Everything's Just Wonderful" and "Friday Night".

"Everything's Just Wonderful" contains witty lyrics, and you'll be bopping to the tune. It's catchy. "Friday Night" describes, well, a Friday night out ala Mariah Carey's "Migrate". Similiar concept, different approach. Again, witty lyrics and the tune sounds slightly cha cha-ish.


As for her 2nd album ("It's Not Me, It's You") which is just released not long ago on Feb 9th 2009 in the UK and Feb 10th 2009 in the US, am doing a seperate article/review on it. It deserves its own spotlight, with Lily being artist of the month. A teaser: It's an improvement from her debut and her debut ain't bad.



Recommended Tracks

charts:

US Top Selling Albums (Mar 9, 2009 edition)

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As predicted, U2 debuted at #1!



Full top 30 charts after this jump
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dirrtorians only:

Weekly Round Up In One Click (Mar 15, 2009 edition)

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This is a new feature is for dirrtorians...

Member can download all weekly remixes and tracks with just one click!!! It means you do not need to click on all links to get all the tracks posted here. So convenient dont you think?

Stats:
23tracks; 235MB

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Disclaimer: Not all tracks are included due to absent-mindedness


Tracks not included are...
charts:

dirrtyremixes top 20 downloads (Mar 1st
14th edition)

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dirrtyremixes top 20 most downloaded tracks last 2 weeks

Duration: Mar 1, 2009 - Mar 14, 2009
Tracks Posted: 108 (-12) including 20 members only downloads
Downloaded: 8227 (-729)
Average Downloads: 84 per new track (-9) excluding member downloads

note: numbers in brackets denotes the difference from the previous 2 weeks.

Britney's If U Seek Amy is #1 this week again!

  Artist - Song *
1 If You Seek Amy (Max Method Remix)
» remixes: Britney Spears - If You Seek Amy (hear it first @ dirrtyremixes.com)
336
2 I Hate This Part (Dave Aude Dance Hybrid Mix)
» remixes: Pussycat Dolls - I Hate This Part (HOTNESS MIX)
263
3 I Will Be (Danni Hotwheel Remix)
» remixes: Leona Lewis - I Will Be
512
4 Knock You Down (feat Kanye West & Ne-Yo)
» nútracks: Keri Hilson - Knock You Down (feat Kanye West & Ne-Yo)
190
5 Tattoo (Max Methods Remix)
» dirrtorians only: Jordin Sparks - Tattoo Remixes
176
6 My Life Would Suck Without You (Ashanti Boyz Radio Edit)
» remixes: Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
163
7 A Little Too Not Over You (Jason Nevins Club Mix)
» remixes: David Archuleta - A Little Too Not Over You
160
8 If U Seek Amy (Booth Pimps Remix)
» remixes: Britney Spears - If You Seek Amy (hear it first @ dirrtyremixes.com)
160
9 A Little Too Not Over You
» remixes: David Archuleta - A Little Too Not Over You
157
10 I Will Be (Corenell Club Mix)
» remixes: Leona Lewis - I Will Be
149
11 My Life Would Suck Without You (Friscia And Lamboy Remix)
» remixes: Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
167
12 Kiss Me Thru The Phone
» nútracks: Soulja Boy - Kiss Me Thru The Phone
134
13 Beautiful (Kelvin Nicolas Remix)
» remixes: Akon - Beautiful
133
14 Bossy (Ne-Yo Mashup)
» remixes: Lindsay Lohan - Bossy (Mashup Mix with Ne-Yo)
134
15 I Did It For Love (feat Sean Garrett)
» nútracks: BoA - I Did It For Love (feat Sean Garrett)
125
16 My Life Would Suck Without You (Chriss Ortega Remix)
» remixes: Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
118
17 Knock You Down (feat Kanye West & Ne-Yo)
» tracks: Keri Hilson - Turn Me On (Official Remix) a diss to Beyonce/Ciara?
123
18 Turnin Me On (Official Remix) (feat. T-Pain and Lil Wayne)
» remixes: Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
107
19 Roll The Credits
» nútracks: Paula deAnda - Roll The Credits
103
20 Sugar (feat. Wynter)
» nútracks: Flo-Rida - Shone (feat Pleasure P)
99


* Download count as on date of publication.
charts:

Billboard US Hot Dance Club Play (Mar 21, 2009 edition)

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Brandy scored her second number 1 with her song Long Distance

As requested, i have not extended the top 10 to top 20.

This Week Last Week Artiste - Song
1 2

Brandy - Long Distance

2 5

Beyonce - Diva

3 6

Lily Allen - The Fear

4 3

Nicki Richards - Bring The Love

5 7

The White Tie Affair - Candle (Sick And Tired)


The full top 20 after the Jump
This Week Last Week Artiste - Song
6 8

Maroon 5 - Not Falling Apart

7 11 Jimmy D. Robinson Presents Ceevox - In The Night
8 16 Mary Mary - God In Me
9 4

Britney Spears - Circus

10 13 Labelle - Superlover
11 17 Nadia Ali - Love Story
12 1

Enrique Iglesias - Away (feat Sean Garrett)

13 14 LeAnn Rimes - What I Cannot Change
14 12 Shontelle - T-Shirt
15 18 amberRose Marie - Wanna Be A DJ
16 23 Kristine W - Love Is The Look
17 24 Solange - T.O.N.Y
18 21 Rod Carrillo Presents Bodega Charlie - Oye Party
19 22 Anjulie - Boom
20 15 Lula - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (While A DJ Gave Me Trouble) feat Papa Joe Kult

NOTE:
Tracks with are newly uploaded
Total 9 new tracks
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