Lily Allen. Picture: Getty Images

Lily Allen has revealed she will call her long-awaited new album Sheezus as a tribute to Kanye West.

The Air Balloon singer, right, insisted the name of the record - a parody of the rapper's latest album Yeezus - wasn't intended as a joke as his expense, instead describing it as a sign of "respect".

"With all my albums, I've just wanted to have a laugh. But yes, Sheezus, it's bold. But it's not taking the p… out of Kanye at all," Allen told The Sun newspaper.

"I've got nothing but respect for him. I love him . . . So it is a little homage to him. I hope he doesn't think it's a diss. I'd be horrified if he thought that."

The 28-year-old star also explained while Kanye, below, was outspoken and controversial, he actually "makes total sense".

"I know people think he's crazy but most of what he says I think makes total sense. I mean there are a few exceptions but on the whole," Allen said.

"He is one of the only people who says what he believes and people call him mad for it."

Sheezus will be Allen's first album in five years after the success of prior releases It's Not Me, It's You in 2006 and Alright in 2009, which were both certified triple-platinum in the UK.

The British songstress announced in 2009 she was taking a break from music and had no plans to release another record; however in 2012 she confirmed she was back in the studio working on new tunes.

The West Australian

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