Sheezus (song)

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"Sheezus"
Lily Allen - Sheezus (song).jpg
Promotional single by Lily Allen
from the album Sheezus
Released23 April 2014
FormatDigital download
Recorded2013
Genre
Length3:54
LabelParlophone
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)DJ Dahi
Lily Allen promotional singles chronology
Back to the Start
(2009)
Sheezus
(2014)

"Sheezus" is a song by British singer-songwriter Lily Allen, released as a promotional single from her third studio album of the same name (2014). It was released alongside its music video on 23 April 2014 ahead of its planned release date of 28 April due to it being leaked. Parlophone later announced that "Sheezus" will not be released as an official single.

Background[edit]

Allen released her second album, It's Not Me, It's You, in 2009, which saw a genre shift to synthpop, rather than the ska and reggae influences used on her debut album, Alright, Still (2006). In 2009, Allen announced that she would be taking a hiatus from musical activities. The following year, she opened a fashion rental shop named Lucy in Disguise with her sister Sarah,[1] followed by the 2011 launching of her own record label.[2] In 2013, Allen revealed that she had begun working on her third studio album Sheezus. On 20 June 2012, Allen tweeted that she was in the studio working with Greg Kurstin on new music.[3][4] She changed her professional name from Lily Allen to Lily Rose Cooper.[5] In August 2013 she changed her professional name back to Allen and tweeted new music would be arriving "soon".[6]

Allen initially said that her record label would not allow the release of "Sheezus" as an official single because the song was "not up-tempo enough" and contained the word "period".[7] Allen continued to comment on the matter saying her label wanted to release radio friendly songs such as "Air Balloon", which Allen called "docile pop" and said they were chosen because labels and radio stations "won't play the better stuff".[8] The song contains references to American singer-songwriters Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga, as well as Barbadian singer Rihanna, and New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release the song was met with polarizing reviews from music critics. Jason Lipshutz of Billboard praised the song for being "anti-pop", continuing to call it an "sarcastic pop anthem."[10] Time magazine praised the song and Allen for wanting "her ladies to unite in bringing their A-game."[11] Radhika Sanghani of The Daily Telegraph on the other hand said that " ultimately, Allen’s message itself is confused. It seems like she is trying to join Katy Perry and Queen B in jumping onto the feminist pop movement[...] it’s just a shame that she’s doing it so obviously we can recognise it." [12]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom 23 April 2014 Digital download Parlophone

Charts[edit]

Weekly Charts Peak
position
UK Charts 113[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander, Ella (7 September 2010). "Lily Pops Up". Vogue UK. Condé Nast. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  2. ^ Michaels, Sean (21 January 2011). "Lily Allen launches own record label". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  3. ^ Nissim, Mayer (20 June 2012). "Lily Allen back in the studio with Greg Kurstin". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Lily Allen Back In The Studio With Greg Kurstin". MTV UK. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Lily Allen Changes Professional Name to Lily Rose Cooper". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Lily Allen: new music coming soon?". Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  7. ^ Andy, Greene (10 April 2014). "Lily Allen Talks Motherhood, Online Haters and Her New LP 'Sheezus'" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 November 2014
  8. ^ Sean Michaels (11 April 2014). "Lily Allen says Sheezus single too risque for radio for mentioning periods | Music". theguardian.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Lily Allen Throws Shade at Lady Gaga, Name Drops Beyoncé, Rihanna and Lorde in Sheezus—Watch Now! | E! Online UK". Ca.eonline.com. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Lily Allen Name-Checks Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Lorde On 'Sheezus': Watch Music Video". Billboard. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  11. ^ Nolan Feeney (22 April 2014). "Lily Allen "Sheezus" New Song Listen". TIME. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Sheezus Lily Allen, what the hell are you playing at?". Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  13. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "CHART: CLUK Update 17.05.2014 (wk19)". Zobbel. Retrieved 2 June 2014.

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