Allen Slams 'Cheap' Record Label
British pop star Lily Allen has hit out at her record label for failing to make her trips abroad luxurious enough.
The Smile singer claims she only made $72,500 (GBP50,000) from her debut album, 2006's All right, Still, despite the LP going on to sell nearly 2 million copies worldwide.
And Allen claims she is forced to stay in substandard accommodation while she is abroad promoting her music, because executives at EMI Records refuse to pay for her to stay in expensive hotels.
She says, "I got GBP50,000 for my first album and I sold a lot of records.
"Twenty years ago, I'd have been booked in at the Ritz with five grams of cocaine on my table and 10 bunches of flowers. Some new clothes. A chauffeur on 24-hour call. Now I'm lucky to get an Oyster card (London public transport travel ticket).
"I ask for a hotel in Paris and I get a two-star place in the eighth arrondissement on my own. I'm like 'Do you want me to get raped and killed?' I'm not being snobby. But if I have to go away for work, why can't it be nice for me when it's making them money?"