British songstress Lily Allen has revealed that she declined an offer to record vocals on Band Aid 30’s new rendition of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ because she thinks it’s better to just donate money to the worthy cause.
Speaking to the Daily Mail newspaper, she explained that the ‘bunch of people’ involved with Band Aid 30 are ‘smug’ and she doesn’t want to be associated with them so turned the opportunity down:
“I got an email asking me to do it. It’s difficult to give an explanation why I didn’t do it without sounding like a complete c**t. I prefer to do my charitable bit by donating actual money and not being lumped in with a bunch of people like that.”
She went on to justify her decision by adding: “It’s like the ‘Success Club’ and I’m not really in that club. I don’t think I’m above it all – I’m way below it. But there’s something a bit smug about it.”
British superstars Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen and singer Eliza Doolittle are among names who have donated items of clothing to an online auction, which will help raise money for charitable organisations.
The auction is due to kick off on November 24 through Tags-On.com and will run until the end of the month. Funds raised from the sales will go to the celebrities’ different charities of choice. The sale of Sheeran’s items, which include Fenchurch and sports brand Puma T-shirts (pictured left), will benefit U.K. children’s hospice and a homeless charity.
The clothing donated by songstress Lily Allen, meanwhile, will benefit War Child once they’ve been sold off via the auction, and Eliza Doolittle has chosen to support Oxfam.
Ed Sheeran recently showed support for the homelessness campaign No One Turned Away, which calls on the UK government to revise its policy on helping single homeless people, and he signed a petition for the cause. Speaking about it, he explained:
“When I volunteered at Crisis I met people who’d been forced to sleep on the streets. Homelessness is a horrifying experience and no-one should have to go through it. That’s why I’ve signed the Crisis No One Turned Away petition. Right now, the system is failing homeless people. We need to demand change so that every homeless person can get the help they need.”
Lily Allen’s record label, ITNO, has shut down.
The Sony imprint, founded in 2011 and called ITNO (In The Name Of), is best-known for releasing albums by Cults and Tom Odell’s ‘Long Way Down’.
As The Sun report, the Sony imprint has now been shut down, with Odell moving to sister label Columbia.
The Sun quotes a source as saying: “She hoped by now to have an array of top talent on her roster but it’s quite the opposite. Three years is enough time to gauge success. It’s just run its course.”
“[Allen] is very happy that Tom Odell’s records will be released on Columbia, who were the distributors for ITNO,” adds a spokesperson for Allen. “Lily will shortly be announcing a new signing/consulting role for another label.”
Allen herself is signed to Parlophone, who released her latest album ‘Sheezus’ earlier this year.
Lily Allen recently announced a UK tour for November and December, plus a New Year’s Eve gig in Edinburgh. The singer will kick things off in Glasgow this weekend (November 22), with the tour finishing with a homecoming gig at the O2 Academy in Brixton on December 12.
Lily Allen opened up about giving birth to her stillborn son in 2010 during an emotional interview on the The Jonathan Ross Show, which aired Saturday (Nov. 8).
“I think it’s difficult for anybody regardless of what world it is that they live in,” the singer told host Ross.
Allen said her husband, Sam Cooper, helped her through devastating experience. “What I took home from that experience what that even though it was the most unfortunate thing that could ever happen to a person, I was very fortunate in the sense that I have a loving partner to go home to and share that experience with,” she said, noting that there are 17 stillbirths per day in the United Kingdom. Read More »