Happy Birthday to Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper (born 2 May 1985), known professionally as Lily Allen. She is an English singer/songwriter and actress. Her first mainstream single, "Smile", reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006. Her debut record, Alright, Still, was well received, selling over 2.6 million copies worldwide and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, BRIT Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. Her second studio album, It's Not Me, It's You, saw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than theska and reggae influences of the first one. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and theAustralian ARIA Charts and was well received by critics, noting the singer's musical evolution and maturity. It spawned the hit singles "The Fear" and "Fuck You", popular mostly in Europe. Allen and Amy Winehouse have been credited with starting a process that led to the media-proclaimed "year of the women" in 2009 that has seen five female artists making music of "experimentalism and fearlessness" nominated for the Mercury Prize.
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