Lily Allen Taking Success Day By Day
On the charts with her first album and single, Lily Allen's future seems bright. But the 21-year-old British singer isn't looking that far into it.On the charts with her first album and single, Lily Allen's future seems bright. But the 21-year-old British singer isn't looking that far into it.
"I'm not really a driven person," Allen tells Billboard.com. "It's not like I'm so ambitious I have everything planned for the next five years. I don't really have a business plan. I just take each day as it comes, and if something seems interesting to me then I'll think about it, and if it doesn't, then no. I'm just happy with the ways things are at the moment."
You certainly can't blame her. After appearing on some magazine best-of 2006 polls before it was even available Stateside, Allen's "Alright, Still" is No. 23 on The Billboard 200 after debuting at No. 20, while the single, "Smile," is climbing the Hot 100 and currently sits at No. 49.
Allen, meanwhile, is on the road, finishing up a short U.S. tour before heading over to Europe on Feb. 27. "It's a nightmare," she says of touring. "It's really excruciating, really difficult, but it's part of the job. You have to do it. You can't complain."
Allen is planning to return to North America in mid-March, including some South By Southwest showcases and a Mexico City date. But she's even more excited about a possible acting gig in a BBC serial drama that will film towards the end of the year. "That would be nice for me," she says. "It means I can stay in London for three months."
As for a follow-up single from "Alright, Still," Allen is uncertain. "LDN" was her second top 10 hit in the U.K., but for the U.S. she says she has "no idea. I haven't discussed it with anyone yet. I'm happy with anything on the album being released as a single. I wouldn't have put them on the album if I didn't like them."