Joss Stone’s Album “Highest-Charting Entry By British Female Ever”

Send us your poor, your tired, your huddled celebs: America has long been a place where battered and bruised UK stars seek redemption. This week alone, Heather Mills has become a somersaulting sensation on Dancing with the Stars, and now, Joss Stone's new album, Introducing Joss Stone, has made U.S. chart history: debuting at No. 2, it's the highest-charting new entry ever by a British female artist on the Billboard 200, reports The BBC. She sold 118,000 copies, which in this day of flagging sales and digital downloads, is pretty damn impressive.

The BBC notes how poorly the album has fared in the UK. What better way to say "F*ck you" to Victoria Newton and other naysayers back home than to take the biggest stage in the world – the American market – and triumph?

In other news: guess what the No. 1 album is? Modest Mouse's first album with Johnny Marr. Who says the legendary Smiths guitarist isn't a draw?

In other news:

  • Heather Mills is a polarizing figure even amongst fellow amputees. (BBC)
  • Back pains have forced Heather to cut back to only three or four hours of rehearsal a week. (Daily Mail)
  • Ian Fleming's gun sold for nearly $24,000 (BBC)
  • The British Soap Award nominations are out.
  • Kate Middleton, Prince William's girlfriend, has filed a formal complaint against The Mirror, citing harassment. (Guardian)
  • The Guardian asks its readers about their favorite London movies. Join in the fun.
  • The Guardian's Ryan Gilbey remembers Stephen Frears' 1987 film Prick Up Your Ears, starring Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, and Vanessa Redgrave. "If it was a good time for gay cinema, it was a bad time to be gay (and an even worse time to be metrosexual, since the word hadn't been invented yet)."
  • Ray Winstone (Vincent, The Departed) will be Indiana Jones' sidekick. (Guardian)
  • Former Clash bassist Paul Simonon wants a little piece of Hammersmith Palais before it's demolished: "I was thinking maybe I could bring an axe down and chop up a bit of the stage to take home as a memento." (NME)
  • Cash in the Attic hottie Alistair Appleton has a new blog post up.
  • Check out Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's big guns. (Daily Mail)
  • Ricky Gervais can now add "award-winning author" to his resume.
    (The Independent)
  • TV host Richard Madeley called Ricky "you ungrateful f*cking bastard"at last night's British Book Awards after Gervais made a joke about the Richard and Judy phone-in voting scandal. Commenters at Entertainmentwise claim it was just good-natured ribbing.
  • Ricky Gervais' renovation of his London apartment is keeping up the neighbors. (Daily Mail)
  • The Daily Mail accuses the BBC of ageism for their firing of 55-year-old newcaster, Moira Stuart.
  • Bono has received an honorary knighthood, but because he's Irish, he won't have the title "Sir." Thank God. (Reuters)
  • The Independent goes behind-the-scenes of American Idol.
  • Also from The Independent: A "tongue-in-cheek" survey reveals that most Britons have jobs that don't suit their personalities. "Misfits and anomalies thrown up by the survey include warm, sensitive people working in cold-blooded trades like banking, or strong, assertive types who have found their way into creative work in the arts instead."
  • Radiohead is rumored to be signing a one-album deal with Starbucks.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher reportedly have announced privately they are having a baby.
  • Jed Gottlieb in the Boston Herald raps Snow Patrol hard on the knuckles: "Their artistic goals fall somewhere between Coldplay and Radiohead, but adding half of Chris Martin's sensitive melodies with half of Thom Yorke's sonic adventurousness doesn't make a whole band.The ballads aren't quite the tearjerkers they aim to be, and the rockers don't have that Yorkian genius."

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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