April 12, 2014


Lily Allen: Song That Mentions Menstruation Is Not Radio-Friendly

Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images
Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images

Lily Allen has never been one to shy away from being controversial and speaking her mind, but the new Allen (married and mother of two) is refraining a tiny bit, sort of. Her songwriting is still legitimately 100 percent Allen, but the radio-waves get a slightly demure version.

The singer tells Rolling Stone that she intended her first single to be "Sheezus," the title track off her new album, but was forced to choose songs that were more radio-friendly. "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."

She calls "Air Balloon" and "L8 CMMR" "docile pop", and said those tracks were chosen as singles because labels and radio stations "won't play the better stuff."

"I think that 'period' is going to be my 'surfboard'," she said in regards to to its controversial lyrics. "It's groundbreaking! I'm proud of that...People will wear sweatshirts to my concerts that are just going to say 'period'."

Allen also says that record executives "freaked out" when she attempted to change her performing name to her new married name, Lily Cooper.

"They convinced me that it could be a massive contributing factor to my failure, so I was like, 'OK,'" which is why she says she's looking forward to her contract ending after two more releases.