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  • The Spice Girls are set to release a new single, “a big love song” titled “Headlines,” on November 19th, Geri Halliwell told GMTV.(BBC)

  • Geri and Mel C. are allegedly battling to get the songs they’ve written on the new album.(The Sun)
  • Lily Allen gets all Chris Crocker on us, lending her sympathies to Britney Spears: “My heart goes out to her. I feel that she must be in a tough place right now. It’s really upsetting.”(Mirror)
  • Gabrielle chats with The Daily Mail about her new album and says she has no desire to imitate the young stars of today. “It has taken me years to feel comfortable with who I am. So why would I want to start looking and sounding like everyone else now? I’m just a normal girl. I’m not stick- thin, because I love my food. I don’t do drugs, but I like sweet drinks and chocolate.” Oooh, is that a not-so-veiled diss at Ms. Winehouse? No, Gabby’s a big fan. “Amy Winehouse is fantastic. People say she’s gone off the rails, but people have problems and find their own ways of dealing with them. That said, there are some things I’d never allow to happen to me.”
  • The Guardian‘s Alexis Petridis gives the new Sugababes album a lukewarm three stars and weighs into the band’s rivalry with Girls Aloud: “They’re famed for a certain reserved chippiness, but the rest is a bit of a blank, in sharp contrast to their great rivals, Girls Aloud. The latter’s cartoonish personas seem to fuel their producers’ creative spark, giving them something to play with, inspiring them to risky heights of inventive daring. That may be why they can do the one thing that the Sugababes, despite the impressive statistics and achievements, cannot: make a consistent album.”
  • Police are re-opening the case of a man who fell to his death at a party attened by Pete Doherty.(Mirror)
  • The Independent‘s Andy Gill looks at the implications of Radiohead‘s “pay what you want” strategy for their new album, In Rainbows. “Radiohead’s decision to, in effect, give away their album hoists the whole issue on to a much higher level, prompting a slew of thus-far-unanswerable questions. Such as: won’t fans expect to get all music for free, even that made by penniless acts? How does a small act establish and develop itself, without sales income or label assistance? Indeed, why bother making records at all, when the promotional effect on club gigs results in such low returns? What happens to the staff laid off when record shops close? And doesn’t this simply establish a new class division, between those who are able to own and operate computers and those who are denied access – how do they get to enjoy In Rainbows?”
  • The new Babyshambles album was nearly jettisoned because producer Stephen Street couldn’t deal with Pete Doherty‘s drug addiction.(NME)
  • Linda Thompson, who has a new album out, says she likes her rock stars “stoned out of their minds, skinny, and gorgeous” like Pete Doherty.
    (The Times)
  • Mick Jagger says kids should learn about World War I, not The Rolling Stones.(The Times)
  • Scottish newcomer Amy Macdonald got the ultimate compliment: she overheard Paul Weller whistling one of her songs to himself.(Daily Record)
  • The Twang‘s lead singer, Phil Etheridge, has cut down on drinking to preserve his vocal cords.(Contact Music)
  • Take That singer Howard Donald says he’s too scared to go solo: “The idea of going solo fills me with dread – that’s why I never really had a solo career when Take That split up,” he tells The Sun.
  • A very talented gorilla re-creates the pinnacle of Phil Collins‘ career for Cadbury Dairy Milk.
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.