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Lily Allen

8:00 p.m. September 9
The Fillmore Miami Beach
1700 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL
305-673-7300

Price: $29.50-$35

Lily Allen
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

Lily Allen

Jose D. Duran

Google Lily Allen's name and the first news clippings that pop up are British tabloids discussing her weight and "erratic" behavior. The headlines read "Lily Allen flashes a hint of toned stomach" and "Lily Allen's behaviour 'worries pals.'" When she launched her music career in 2006 with debut album, Still Alright, the 24-hour gossip cycle of celebrity-centric blogs and social media was still in its infancy. But now, on the heels of her latest release, the cleverly titled and perhaps opportunistically so, Sheezus, Allen finds her every move (and every pound gained or lost) monitored and often misreported by nearly every media outlet in the wired world. But when pointing out the tabloid headlines and the press' criticism of famous women's bodies to Allen, she just shrugs it all off as part of culture we live in today. "It's not my responsibility to change that," she says. "I just write songs. That's all I do." It's not that Allen doesn't care what is written about her. In fact, she's a self-professed loudmouth who says whatever is on her mind. But she understands that tabloids are looking to sell papers. Still, Allen fights back in the best way that she knows how. On her first single off Sheezus, "Hard Out Here," she sings: "If you're not a size six, then you're not good looking/Well, you better be rich or be real good at cooking/You should probably lose some weight 'cause we can't see your bones." Over the course of four minutes and 22 seconds, "Hard Out Here" mocks, critiques, and sarcastically slams our image-conscious culture, cheekily riffing on Three 6 Mafia's "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," declaring instead that it's "bitches" who have it hardest. The brash, tongue-n-cheek nature of Allen's latest hit song isn't surprising to anyone familiar with her work. She's built a career on being playfully blunt and tackling topics like homophobia and racism ("Fuck You"), bad sex ("Not Fair"), and her brother's weed use ("Alfie"). However, this time around, she seems more focused on a single theme: the joys and pains of being a woman in the spotlight. Meanwhile, on a personal level, Sheezus marks Allen's return to music after an almost three-year hiatus. During this break, she and husband, Sam Cooper, welcomed two children into their family. And while motherhood has been challenging, she won't use her kids as a pretense for bailing on professional responsibilities.

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Location

The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL
305-673-7300

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