Woe betide any broadcaster to censor its listeners from the perils of Lily Allen.
Least of all Radio One, who predictably received a tongue lashing from the singer, after management dropped her music from the playlist.
"The truth is nobody knows what the f**k they're doing," she told PressPlay during an interview session posted via YouTube.
"They can pretend they’ve got a formula that works and [that] they know they’re exactly in control of the game but they’re just not. No one knows."
Asked whether she was referring to Radio One specifically, she said: "All of them. Every single one. Some of them are really nice people, but as soon as they start telling you that they know how the music industry works, you’re just like, ‘Really? Well why is it in such a terrible state then?’
In pictures: Lily Allen vs the World
In pictures: Lily Allen vs the World
1/6 Lily Allen vs Katy Perry
This all kicked off when Perry described herself as a ‘fatter version of Amy Winehouse and the skinnier version of Lily Allen’. Justifiably, Allen retaliated on Capital FM, slamming Perry’s song lyrics as ‘crass’ and criticising her for not writing her own music.
2/6 Lily Allen vs Cheryl Cole
Allen tweeted that ’40 per cent of Girls Aloud will have been charged with assault’ after Sarah Harding was involved in a row with her boyfriend. Allen was of course alluding to Cole’s conviction for assaulting a club toilet attendant in 2003. Cole kept hushed on the matter but unfollowed Allen shortly afterwards – subtle.
3/6 Lily Allen vs Fearne Cotton
Cotton accused Allen of snubbing her at the Brit Awards 2014, telling Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw that she had been “blanked five times in a row and looked through like a pane of glass”. But Allen was having none of that, taking to Twitter to refute Cotton’s claims: ‘I did not blank you, that is simply not true, I didn’t see you or your husband.’
4/6 Lily Allen vs Katie Hopkins
Hopkins slagged Allen off for having a famous father and putting on weight when pregnant. Cue the ‘Not Fair’ singer snapping back: ‘Yes, after tragically losing a child so late into my pregnancy I may have gained a few pounds, I am one of many that find comfort in food. I wasn’t exercising next time because I didn’t want to take any risks and, funnily enough, the survival of my children felt more important than being thin.” You tell her, Lily.
5/6 Lily Allen vs Perez Hilton
These two have a long history of Twitter spats stretching right back to 2009 when the singer called the blogger a “parasite” and “cheap-ass wh**e”. Later, Hilton posted a photo of Allen with the caption ‘Lily Allen + motherhood = bad idea’. Since then Allen has called him a “woman-hating retard’ and an ‘evil b*****d’.
6/6 Lily Allen vs Courtney Love
Allen posted an unflattering photo of Love on Twitter, sparking the latter to embark on a rampage of equally unideal pictures! Love’s rant included such descriptions of Allen as ‘ugly as hell’, ‘baby brat nonsense’ and an ‘insanely deluded irrelevant friendless child’.
"I hear that radio stations look at Shazam lists in order to work out what they’re going to play now,” she added, again on the subject of Radio One. She comments after the interviewer references Ed Sheeran’s shock labelling by the station as “the most influential artists in black music” at the moment.
"Cool…" she added sarcastically. And then she laughed.
Asked whether radio play was still deemed important to artists, Allen answered: "I don’t know. I mean, if you walked into a major label, you’d think that, because that’s all anyone seems to whine on about.
"But then saying that, I’ve had a lot of support from Radio One and Radio Two in the past – not so much from Capital this time around. But people plan release schedules around (radio play), and it all hinges on that. You kind of do think, ‘Is this the way forward?’"
Elsewhere in the interview, she discussed the sexism of the "elder males" still in top music industry positions.
"It sits better with them to be able to assert their power and control over something that they see as weak and I think they probably see women as weak."
She also said she thought her album Sheezus wasn’t exactly a "triumph", and "couldn’t wait" to get back in the studio.
The interview was uploaded after Allen stepped in to replace Two Door Cinema Club to headline Latitude Festival. For some reason, there was a bitter social media backlash against the last-minute substitution, almost as if she were replacing last year’s incredibly iconic Kraftwerk and not an utterly forgettable wet indie band.Reuse content