Remember when pop music all of a sudden was all Lisa Scott-Lee and Rachel Stevens and music needed spicing up? Well summer 2006 came and Lily Allen changed it all up.
After signing a contract deal with Regal Recordings and gaining popularity on the social network website Myspace with demo songs, Lily had already built herself a big fan base. Once Smile was released in the UK in Spring 2006, the single was an instant summer smash. It charted at #1 on the iTunes single chart debuting at #13 on the Official Chart on download sales alone. The next week, on the issue of 15 July 2006, it rose to the summit of the chart, selling 39,501 copies, knocking Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie off the top spot and spending two consecutive weeks there. The single went on to sell over 200,000 copies in the UK that year becoming the 11st best selling single in that country.
Outside of the UK the single was a top 10 in Ireland and New Zealand and a top 20 in Australia where the single was certified Gold.
Smile was Allen’s first US charting single with it peaking at #49 on the US Billboard top 200 selling over 500,000 copies going Gold there too.
Smile made Lily an international success as well as a house hold name.
The debut album ‘Alright, Still’ which the single is taken from went on to sell nearly 3 million copies, selling over 1 million copies in the UK alone and gave her 4 Brit Award nominations in 2007 including Best British Album and Best British Single.
In October 2011, NME placed it at number 104 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.
Alongside Brit Award nominations, the single won her a BMI Pop Award.