Fuck You (Lily Allen song)
|Single by Lily Allen|
|from the album It's Not Me, It's You|
|Released||10 July 2009 (Germany)
13 July 2009 (France)
20 August 2009 (Italy)
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Genre||Pop, electropop, alternative dance|
|Writer(s)||Lily Allen, Greg Kurstin|
|Lily Allen singles chronology|
"Fuck You" (also known as the working titles "GWB", "Guess Who Batman" and "Get With the Brogram") is a song by English singer Lily Allen from her second album It's Not Me, It's You. It is her third international single. The song became a quasi-gay anthem because of the song's lyrical message. The song was featured in the pilot of Suburgatory.
Song information 
The song originally appeared on Allen's Myspace page in 2008 alongside the songs "I Could Say" and "I Don't Know" (now known as "The Fear") under the title "Guess Who Batman". The song samples the piano of the original Neighbours song. The song was written by Allen and Greg Kurstin. Allen wrote:
|“||We are the youth, we can make coolness for our future, it's up to us. Go green and hate hate.||”|
Despite its titular reference to the Caped Crusader, according to NME and Rolling Stone magazines the song is a George W. Bush protest. At an 2 April 2009 concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, Allen stated that the song was about Bush. At a concert in São Paulo, Brazil, Allen stated "It was originally written about this fucking asshole who used to be the President of the United States of America. His name is George W. Bush."
The Urban Review states that it was originally inspired by the right-wing British National Party, adding Allen now "feels the track is relevant everywhere now so has removed a particular target." At the 2009 Glastonbury Festival prior to performing the song, Allen made reference to the elections to the European parliament that had commenced three weeks earlier in which the British National Party gained their first ever representative seats, citing this as a reason to sing the song.
Chart performance 
The song made its chart debut at number 37 on the Canadian Top 100 on 28 February 2009 despite not being released as an actual single. The song also entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 68 on the same week, being her third song on entry.
In the UK the song made its debut on the UK Singles Chart at number 154 on the strength of digital downloads due to the video having a lot of airplay on UK music channels despite not being released as an official single there.
In the Netherlands the song was released as the album's second single and debuted on the Dutch Top 40 on 18 April 2009 at number 23 and has peaked at number three. The song reached number one in Belgium on 6 June 2009. It has also peaked at number four in Finland and Norway, number 18 in Sweden, number nine in France, number 23 in Australia and number 16 in Switzerland.
Music video 
A music video for the song was posted on the official Parlophone YouTube page on 15 June 2009. EMI hired the French production company Frenzy Paris who in turn hired the art collective AB/CD/CD and the post-production company "Firm". The video is shot from Allen's point of view (she can be seen using a polaroid she takes of herself). She is seen to be making the journey from her hotel room to a television studio. Throughout the video, Allen warps the shape and size of her surroundings using her hands and her own perspective; for example, by moving her hands apart she stretches the Eiffel Tower and enlarges a man's afro hairstyle.
Track listing 
Cover versions 
An excerpt from the track was sung by Lorie and Natasha St-Pier at the 2010 charity concert by Les Enfoires, entitled La crise de nerfs. It was covered by 'The Sockapella's' in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect.
Year-end charts 
"Fairytale" by Alexander Rybak
|Belgian (Flanders) singles chart number-one single
6 June 2009 – 27 June 2009
"Boom Boom Pow" by "The Black Eyed Peas"
"Did You See Me Coming?" by Pet Shop Boys
|U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs number-one single
28 November 2009
"S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)" by Jordin Sparks
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