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Lily Allen Quits The Internet, Perez Hilton Bitching Ensues

Lily Allen was the first pop star of note to be plucked from the ranks of MySpace onto a major label (of course, she wasn't the first artist plucked from the internet into the indie/critic/whateversphere). Nonetheless, as Allen has gotten famous, the nastier comments about her have started to take hold on the fickle beast that is the Internet. Hence, Allen has disconnected herself. Via a Contactmusic:

I don't own a BlackBerry. Or a computer. I don't even read emails. I was using the internet in a really destructive way. In the same way as I guess alcoholics and drug addicts have to stop taking drugs or alcohol to see how negatively it affects them. 
"I had to stop using the internet completely. If I was feeling bad, I'd look for negative things people were writing about me to substantiate how I was feeling: 'Look, I am fat and ugly...'"

A reasonable position to take, and one not unprecedented: Juno screenwriter and blogosphere success story Diablo Cody made the same kind of break a year ago, responding to the same kind of negativity.


Certain bloggers of the particularly snarky variety were, predictably, outraged. In his subtly-titled blog post "Lily Allen Is a Moron," Perez Hilton had the following response:

Lily Allen became addicted to the internet and its negative Lily-fueled content. Although she may have cut herself off from the world, it doesn't stop her from talking!


Perez Hilton then makes a desperate plea for readers, which is understandable, consider how much Lily Allen-fueled muck he has produced "raked" on the singer.

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I never understood why that site was constantly attacking Lily Allen meanwhile praising Katy Perry. At least Lily Allen is talented.

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Side note: The Contactmusic article features one of the more blatantly linkbaiting headlines I've seen all year. Totally misconstrued Allen's quote.

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Surprising myself that I would get into something like this but...Lily Allen is a spoiled music industry brat who used an army of co-writers of her first album. Katy Perry, whatever you think of her tunes, wrote or co-wrote (with one producer/collaborator) almost every song on her debut. She's a competent guitarist who often plays live, whereas Lily Allen has stated she doesn't play any instruments. Katy came from a normal, middle-class background (and used to be a Christian singer it's true) and reinvented herself and worked really hard to get to where she is. Allen has never worked a day in her life.

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I know Lily is a rich kid, but I think her music is far superior to Katy Perry's. I think the negative attention takes away from pretty good pop music she makes.

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Lily Allen also doesn't produce homophobic music disguised as fake lesbianism. She actually does the opposite of that. So she's got that going for her, which is nice.

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If you really think Katy's music is homophobic, I sure hope you don't listen to rap. Lily Allen: Can't play instruments, can't write songs, never had to work for anything in her life, prone to self-important rants and raves in a desperate bid to get attention. I don't find either of their music to be worth real scrutiny, but those are the facts.

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I've always found Lily Allen's music and persona to be pretty boring. I mean, I think Perez Hilton's anti-Lily Allen post the other day was pretty weird, but I've never understood Lily Allen's popularity at all. On the other hand, as storebought as Katy Perry is, I totally understand her success.

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Thanks for providing us with The Facts, MFB. Twice. In nearly identical comments. Sadly, I can't respond with unassailable facts. I can, however, state the opinion that Lily Allen's version of top 40 pop is considerably more palatable than that of Katy Perry. Prefer not listening to either, if I can help it, but at least there's some modicum of wit behind Allen's tunes. KP's music is the ugliest, dumbest kind of pandering. She doesn't "deserve" to be a pop star more than Lily Allen based on some perverse criteria involving economic background or "being able to sort of play guitar".

Greg Ingber

^^^this. Katy Perry makes terrible music. Lily Allen does not. I don't care if she writes her own stuff or comes from a filthy rich background. Lily Allen's Music >>> Katy Perry's Music

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I hate to break it to you MFB, but Lily Allen does indeed write all her own lyrics. Her second album was done exclusively with one single producer, and her first was done with three or four producers but samples were used in her backing tracks (hence the names in the credits) but the lyrics were entirely her own, and the melodies were a collaboration between her and her producers.

Lily Allen has some individual thought in her music as opposed to the oppressively terrible Pink clone Katy Perry. Many incredibly talented singers in the past have not been able to play a note on a musical instrument, so your argument is completely invalid.


Lily is the best thing that happened to pop music in the 2000's


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