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Lily Allen Announces Spring Headlining Tour Of North America; Leads 'The Sims' Music Competition

March 11th, 2007 12:00pm EDT favorite Add to My News
Lily AllenLily Allen just wrapped up MTV's first-ever "Discover and Download" tour, but the spirited U.K. artist is already plotting her return to the States. She'll kick off a headlining tour in Houston, TX on March 16 after a pair of appearances at SXSW. Allen, who will be the guest on the acclaimed public radio showcase World Cafe®, on March 16, is confirmed to perform at KCRW's "A Sounds Eclectic Evening" in Los Angeles on April 14, at Coachella in Indio, CA on April 29 and at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN on June 15.

Allen will follow her recent tour de force performance on "Saturday Night Live" with appearances on the "Today Show" (April 13) and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Alright, Still, Allen's debut album, bowed at #20 on The Billboard 200 last month and reached #2 on the iTunes chart. Known as the "queen of myspace" due to the astounding attention she received after posting early demos on the site, Allen has been singled out as an artist to watch across the boards – from The New York Times, The New Yorker, pitchforkmedia.com, Rolling Stone, Vibe, Spin, Blender, URB and The Wall Street Journal to Fuse, KCRW, Clear Channel Radio, Yahoo! Music, AOL, MSN and Nokia, to name but a few. In addition to "Saturday Night Live," she's also performed on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Allen was MTV's "Discover and Download" artist for January, receiving MTV's full multi-screen treatment with high profile placement on all of the network's platforms including MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Mobile and MTV.com. The video for first single "Smile" has been added at VH1. Allen reinterprets "Smile" in Simlish, the native language of The Sims, on the soundtrack for Electronic Arts' The Sims™ 2 Seasons.

Lily Allen Spring Tour Dates:
3/14 Austin, TX-----Stubb's BBQ
3/15 Austin, TX-----Waterloo Record Store
3/16 Houston, TX-----Engine Room
3/17 New Orleans, LA-----House of Blues
3/19 Atlanta, GA-----The Loft
3/20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL-----Culture Room
3/23 Mexico City, Mexico-----Salon 21
3/26 Seattle, WA-----Showbox
3/27 Vancouver, BC-----House of Blues (Commodore Ballroom)
3/28 Portland, OR-----Aladdin theater
3/30 San Diego, CA-----House of Blues
4/1 Sacramento, CA-----The Crest theater
4/2 San Francisco, CA-----The Fillmore
4/5 Toronto, ON-----Phoenix Concert theater
4/6 Montreal, QC-----Club Soda
4/7 Boston, MA-----The Roxy
4/8 Washington, DC-----9:30 Club
4/10 Philadelphia, PA-----Electric Factory
4/11 New York, NY-----Irving Plaza
4/14 Los Angeles, CA-----Gibson Amphitheater (KCRW's "A Sounds Eclectic Evening")
4/29 Indio, CA-----Coachella Festival
6/15 Manchester, TN-----Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Lily Kicks Off Sims 2 Music Competition

Electronic Arts Inc. today announced The Sims™ 2 Seasons Simlish Contest, an online music competition that unites singing sensation Lily Allen, aspiring singers and video game players from around the world. This groundbreaking contest invites would-be superstars to record their own version of Lily Allen's hit single, "Smile," at EA's online music community, SingShot www.singshot.com/SimsLily.

Fans are expected to sing "Smile" in Simlish-the native language used by characters in The Sims™ games. For inspiration, contestants are encouraged to check out Lily's own Simlish version, which is included in The Sims™ 2 Seasons, the latest addition to the popular video game franchise, The Sims. They also can get feedback on their song from the SingShot community which allows users to share their recordings with friends, rate and comment on other members' tracks and customize recordings with photos and videos.

Lily Allen will personally choose from among the top three ranked songs to select the 1st and 2nd prize winners. The 1st prize winner will receive a prize package valued at approximately $1390 and the chance to record a song in Simlish for possible inclusion in a future The Sims™ 2 video game. "Recording 'Smile' in Simlish for The Sims 2 Seasons was a fun experience!" said Allen, offering up some advice to entrants, "Singing in Simlish encourages you to be creative and to indulge your sense of humor-two things I love doing in my music."

Additionally, fans can check out a Sims-animated video for Lily Allen's "Smile" by visiting www.thesims2.com.

The winner would become part of an exclusive circle, over the years, some of the world's top talent including the Pussycat Dolls, Depeche Mode and Black Eyed Peas have recorded their hits in Simlish. "The Sims games are among the most popular in the world, having sold more than 85 million games to date," said Steve Schnur, EA's Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing. "Lily Allen is one of the most exciting new artists we've heard in quite a while, and we're proud of this opportunity to expose her to one of the biggest and most enthusiastic audiences imaginable. Unique new talent deserves the ultimate showcase, and Lily Allen and The Sims are the perfect fit."

Visit Lily's Starpulse Page for a gallery of photos, biography, recent and archived news, and much more!


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