Lily Allen has been hard at work on her fourth studio album over the past year, and she seems to be revealing the title via her Twitter account. For many months, fans have been speculating over the elusive title as the hashtag ‘#T4W’ has appeared on many of her social media posts.
Allen has now revealed that the acronym actually stands for The Fourth Wall and she has asked fans to contribute their opinions on if the title should use the number ‘4’ or the actual word. The ‘Fourth Wall’ is a phrase coined by French philosopher David Diderot used to describe the space between an audience and the performance happening on a stage.
The upcoming album will be the follow-up to 2014’s Sheezus, which produced the hit singles “Hard Out Here” and “Air Balloon” and was a comeback record for the star after she announced she was retiring from the music industry in 2010. Allen has been updating fans on the progress of the album for the past year and revealing songwriters and producers that she is collaborating with.
Mark Ronson, whom she last worked with on her 2006 debut album Alright, Still, is expected to appear on the album, alongside producers such as Lil’ Silva (Banks, Sampha), and Fryars (Mika, Miles Kane). Duets with artists such as Sean Paul and Ms. Dynamite have also been recorded. Noticeably, her longtime and most frequent collaborator, Greg Kurstin, seems to be missing from the project.
The album is expected to be released later this year.