After “failed” attempts by the likes of Robbie Williams and Dizzee Rascal, it looks like the (English) ladies have overcome the recent slump of big U.K. acts trying to breakthrough stateside. SXSW 2006 highlight (I saw her with Jarren, Eugene Hernandez, and Brian Brooks) Lady Sovereign has been on a wild ride of success lately, thanks to a mobile phone commercial and Jay Z-endorsed buzz. The hip-hop wunderkind has just nailed the coveted number one spot on MTV’s Total Request Live, which indicates that the all-important American teen audience is embracing her.
Meanwhile, U.K. pop sensation (think Gwen Stefani, only more fun) Lily Allen took the U.S. by storm on a recent club tour that has been winning acclaim from the music and blog community. The Capitol Records release (early next year) of her British hit album, Alright, Still, has already garnered more “buzz” than one would have expected. I bought the album myself in Paddington Station in London this summer, and it’s a terrific disc. Just you wait. But, for now, it looks like the ladies have ended the slump and won over the typically-reluctant American crowds. Cheers!