Lily Allen reckons record labels are scared of taking risks these days and it annoys her when they select the really obviously commercial singles to try and sell an album.
"What pisses me off about music right now is the lack of support for being experimental and brave," she mused to the NME.
"People just want to be formulaic and predictable. Record companies and A&R people are just absolutely terrified of taking risks at the moment – and that's quite frustrating as an artist, when it comes to picking singles, because they only ever want to go for the watered-down stuff."
Surely the trick is not to actually record any watered-down stuff, this eliminating any chance that it might be chosen.
Anyway, Lily goes on to clarify: "I'm not saying that those songs can't have a good pop sensibility about them, but personally, I like to think of myself as being something a little bit more than that."
"It's sad to watch the tracks that I think are stronger having to sit back on the album while the poppier, more commercial ones are driving it."
(Poppier and more commercial sounds fine to us.)