[artist id="2389411"]Lily Allen[/artist] isn't renewing her record contract, and she's got no plans to release a new album anytime soon, or possibly ever. Or maybe she does?
On Thursday (September 24), Allen took to her just-launched "It's Not Alright" blog — which she started earlier this week to discuss and debate the issue of music piracy (which she is against, because it "[has] a dangerous effect on British music ... it's making it harder and harder for new acts to emerge — to announce that she's quitting the music business, mostly, it appeared, because of the abuse she got from fans over her anti-piracy stance.
"Just so you know, I have not renegotiated my record contract and have no plans to make another record (applause). I do however remain a fan of new music, so this is not some selfish crusade," Allen wrote. "The days of me making money from recording music has been and gone as far as I'm concerned ... Slagging me, my music and my so-called 'family connections' off, and calling me a government puppet is not going to get anyone anywhere, so stop it. I think people assume we artists are a lot richer than you think we are, please bear in mind this doesn't have anything to do with me or my wealth."
It's not as if the news is exactly shocking, given that Allen has been talking about quitting music and raising a family ever since she started doing press for her It's Not Me, It's You album earlier this year. But does she mean it? And if so, what does that mean for Allen's string of International tour dates, which run until December?
MTV News emailed Allen's label, Capitol Records, seeking comment on the situation, but we were told to contact her management company. As of press time, the singer's manager has yet to respond to MTV News' request for comment.
However, her U.K. rep told England's New Musical Express that Allen most definitely "is not quitting music," and that "she is not thinking about her next album right now because she is still in the middle of promoting her current record."