Lily Allen Opens Up on Failed Radio Single, Thoughts on Leaving Music

"I think that 'period' is going to be my 'surfboard' with Beyoncé. People will wear sweatshirts to my concerts that are just going to say 'period.'"

By Annie Reuter

Lily Allen hasn’t released new music in four years and she’s under a lot of pressure to succeed. In a candid interview with Rolling Stone, the singer opened up about the struggles of pleasing her label, the desire to get out of her deal and why her choice for her first single, “Sheezus,” didn’t make the cut.

“I wanted the album to be called Sheezus before I had a song with that title,” she told Rolling Stone. “The word inspired the song, and ‘divas’ rhymes with ‘Sheezus.’ I was really working backwards. Then I had to figure out a message. It starts off with me being quite scared about coming back. I’m really a sensitive person, and I take that on.”

Related: Frequently Asked Questions: Lily Allen

She added: “I would have liked to see ‘Sheezus’ as a single, but it’s not up-tempo enough. It’s also got the word ‘period’ in it, which is really offensive to people, even though half the world has to deal with it once a month. It’s groundbreaking! I’m proud of that. It’s f***ing awesome.

“I think that ‘period’ is going to be my ‘surfboard’ with Beyoncé. People will wear sweatshirts to my concerts that are just going to say ‘period.'”

For the complete interview, visit Rolling Stone.

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