Leona Lewis Signs $10 Million Record Deal; Anglophenia Off to London

It’s official: Leona Lewis, the Mariah Carey-soundalike who won UK’s X-Factor talent show, has signed a $10 million record deal in the States from music mogul, Clive Davis. Simon Cowell, who will manage Lewis, says she’ll be the next Whitney Houston, and industry insiders agree:

Lewis performed in front of the cream of the US record industry on Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

One music executive who watched her said: “It’s like hearing the love child of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.”

Well, that’s certainly high praise. I wonder what Whitney and Mariah have to say about that, especially with Ms. Houston dead-set on a post-Bobby comeback. Well, she’d better get crackin’ because Leona has arrived!

Speaking of arrivals, ANGLOPHENIA WILL BE IN LONDON NEXT WEEK FOR THE BRIT AWARDS! I will be carrying along a video camera to capture all of the red carpet excitement. Don’t have a heart attack or stroke, but look at this list of performers:

Corinne Bailey Rae
Snow Patrol
Take That
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Oasis (who will receive the “Outstanding Contribution to Music” award)
Scissor Sisters
Amy Winehouse (!!!!!)
The Killers

Factor in a list of nominees that includes Lily Allen, Justin Timberlake, and Muse, and the show promises to be a star-studded event! I will be checking in from the UK with all the latest news.

Also: Guess who’s snubbing the ceremony…again!

In other news:

  • Real Madrid to David Beckham: we want you back.(BBC)
  • The Beckhams’ security team has run into trouble with US immigration authorites.(The Sun)
  • Gordon Ramsay may open a restaurant at the London heliport.(Daily Mail)
  • Ricky Gervais to star in a romantic comedy?
  • Prince isn’t the only one copying Dave Grohl; Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs admits to having stolen the Foo Fighters frontman’s booty wiggle.
  • Fergie, beware: Rocker Donny Tourette of Towers of London has made it his mission to get into Princess Beatrice‘s royal knickers. (The Sun)
  • Billionaire Richard Branson lends a poor Moroccan man on the street some money. If he did that in NYC, he’d never be able to leave his hotel room.
    (The Sun)
  • The Girls Aloud babes don naughty school uniforms for a Walkers Crisps campaign.(The Sun)
  • An interview with 23-year-old singer-songwriter, Patrick Wolf.(Guardian)
Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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