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- Amy Winehouse and husband Blake Fielder-Civil rowed at the MOBOs, and according to The Sun, Blake dramatically threatened to slit his wrists. Allegedly, the battle didn’t end there. “Later, when she called Blake again and he laughed off their earlier spat, angry Amy stormed around the London venue asking music lawyers how much Blake would be entitled to if she divorced him.”
- Amy reportedly vomited all over her dressing-room loo at the O2 Arena.(Mirror)
- Winehouse has been defended by everyone from Paul Weller to Lou Reed, but Echo and the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch takes her to task: “She is so young it’s a waste. I was surprised to see a picture of her two years ago when she looked fantastic and sexy. She’s not Keith Richards. Why would anyone want to look messed up?”
- Is singer Fergie getting rich by copying M.I.A.‘s style? According to Contact Music, that’s what M.I.A. said to Interscope exec Jimmy Lovine. When I heard (track) ‘London Bridge,’” said the rapper. “I told (Lovine), ‘If I don’t sell records and make money for you you’re just going to make them with her anyway.’”
- So Courtney Love was the one who destroyed Kate Moss‘ vintage gown. Ya know, not a shocker.(Daily Mail)
- Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden, has been “cautioned” by Scotland Yard for “disorderly behavior.” Hayes had been arrested for “racially abusing” a staffer at a Thai restaurant in London, but he says “any notion of racism had been ruled out” by police. A spokesperson for the police had no comment on the racial element.(BBC)
- Singer Gabrielle (“Dreams”) says the MOBOs should be axed because a) they are too America-centric and b) they don’t have a “soul” award. “A” is a valid point; “B” is insane.(BBC)
- Franz Ferdinand have hired mega-producers Xenomania – responsible for Cher‘s “Believe” – to helm their new album. Does this officially kill their indie cred? If so, gooood. Come to the pop side, boys – it’s fun over here.(Guardian)
- Xenomania is also responsible for Girls Aloud‘s career. Reports have surfaced that the group is breaking up. Cheryl Cole says it’s not true.(Mirror)
- Radiohead still won’t give in to iTunes, protesting Apple’s practice of selling tracks one-by-one. Thom Yorke: keeping the album alive.(Wired)
- The Times‘ Steve Jelbert gives PJ Harvey‘s White Chalk album five stars, comparing it to Radiohead‘s Kid A.
- The Daily Mail profiles the band Travis.
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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.