Eliza Doolittle set to break out 

Ready for the first big breakout artist of 2011?

Then meet 22-year-old British wunderkind Eliza Doolittle, who wrote her first song at 12, signed a publishing deal at 16, and now happens to have the iTunes single of the week — a whimsical little puff pastry of pop that’s bound to stick in your humalong head.

It’s the first tune she ever penned, which was ironically inspired by an angry busker she encountered on the London tubes, ranting about his lack of tips. Naturally, like her “My Fair Lady” namesake, she turned it into an optimistic carpe diem charmer.

Doolittle (nee Eliza Caird) was born to a theater-directing father and a Tony-Award-winning actress mother, so it made sense that she’d pounce on a career in music. When she finally tracked her eponymous debut (already a huge hit overseas; out soon stateside), great producers jumped on board, like Craigie Dodds and the late Jonny Dollar, resulting in her own distinctive sound on hits like “Pack Up” and “Skinny Genes.”

Fans can preview the disc with an EP, and also participate in her “Pass The Parcel” game at www.elizadoolittle.com. Just you wait, ’Enry ’Iggins! She. Will. Be. HUGE.

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