Not Fair Lily Allen
Song Title: Not Fair
Artist: Lily Allen
Date of release: 20th of March 2009
Description: ” Not Fair ” is by Lily Allen, the English singer, songwriter, actress and television presenter. In 2005, Lily made some of her recordings public on Myspace, the resulting publicity got her airplay on BBC Radio 1, which in turn led to a contract with Regal Recordings.
Her debut single, Alright, Still, did well with over 2.6 million copies being sold worldwide. The success of her debut single brought Lily a nomination at the Grammy Awards, Brit Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
” Not Fair ” was written by Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin. Greg, who also produced this track, is an American record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Kurstin has been linked with releases that have amassed more than 60 million Album sales worldwide. During his career so far, Greg has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year in 2010 and 2014.
” Not Fair ” was released on the 20th of March 2009 by record label Regal ( Warner Music Group ) and taken as the second single from Lily’s second Album It’s Not Me, It’s You. The Album, released on the 4th of February 2009, was co-written and produced by Greg Kurstin.
It was a departure from the ska and reggae influences of the previous Album, instead Lily incorporated electropop fused with elements of jazz and country. The Album was a success for Lily, it debuted at Number One on the charts in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Sales exceeded a Million copies in the UK alone and was certified 3x Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ). Sales worldwide are over two Million.
The lyrics describe Lily’s relationship with a boyfriend, where she describes him as ” the perfect guy ” but is frustrated by his sexual lethargy. The sexually explicit lyrics were altered or edited completely for radio play, with some being replaced with instruments. Many music critics did not react positively to the song or the theme. Some called it a ” pseudo country track ” and considered the whole make up of the song, including composition, a strange mix.
The accompanying music video was filmed in Los Angeles on the 19th of February 2009 and was directed by Melina Matsoukas. Melina is an American director of music videos and commercials. The 2x Grammy Award winning director has worked with many artists such as Beyoncé, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue and Snoop Dogg. What is unusual about it is that it was recorded on videotape, contrary to the way they are produced today.
” Not Fair ” was a commercial success for Lily. In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles chart on the 4th of April 2009 and reached a peak of number 5. It spent 7 weeks in the top ten and a total of 27 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 5
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian ARIA Singles Chart 3, Austrian Singles Chart 6, Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 15, Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 12, Czech Airplay Chart 1, Danish Singles Chart 34, Dutch ( Top 40 ) 4, German Singles Chart 12, Irish Singles Chart 3, Israeli Singles Chart 1, Italian Singles Chart 4, New Zealand Singles Chart 20, Slovak Airplay Chart 1, Swedish Singles Chart 26, Swiss Singles Chart 6
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