Lily Allen approaches music the same way she approaches life: no non-sense, ever. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the singer discussed her upcoming LP Sheezus (out May 6,) writing the first pop song about menstruation, why she hates selfies and Instagram and much more.
Here are some of the highlights.
I wanted the album to be called Sheezus before I had a song with that title. The word inspired the song, and "divas" rhymes with Sheezus. I was really working backwards. Then I had to figure out a message. It starts off with me being quite scared about coming back. I'm really a sensitive person, and I take that on.
On Being a Woman:
It's annoying being a woman since everyone pits us against each other. Then you go through the whole journey of my life with the album—almost like in a diary—and at the end it's like, "Mhmm, still hard out here."
I think in terms of humanity and evolution. It feels like the reason we play women against each other is because it's the last bit of power that men have. They're like, "Let's make them feel s**t about each other."
On the internet:
What worries me is Instagram. We're in the age of the Selfie. It's just encouraging vanity. It's not even representative of anything except how you want people to perceive you. Think of when people are partying and having fun. They're like, "Hey, look at us!" You're obviously not having that much fun because otherwise you wouldn't be stopping to document it. It's stupid.
On Her Beyoncé moment:
I would love "Hard Out Here" to have been a single, but you can't have a song that has the word "b***h" in it 72 times on the radio. It's just not gonna happen. I would have liked to see "Sheezus" as a single, but it's not up-tempo enough. It's also got the word "period" in it, which is really offensive to people, even though half the world has to deal with it once a month.
I think that "period" is going to be my "surfboard" with Beyoncé. People will wear sweatshirts to my concerts that are just going to say "period."