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- That gruesome video of Róisín Murphy‘s on-stage accident while performing in Moscow has been a must-see on YouTube, mostly due to Perez Hilton posting it on his blog. (Murphy bashing her eye on the chair comes near the end of the clip. You don’t see blood, but it is pretty gross nonetheless. Satisfy your morbid curiosity at your own peril.) Popjustice notes that the aforementioned clip has had more YouTube hits than any of her actual videos.
- Sir Cliff Richard is taking cues from Radiohead (never thought I would say that). He is digitally releasing his new album and allowing fans to pick their price.(Telegraph)
- Amy Winehouse‘s father tells ITV’s morning program that she only started hard drugs when she married Blake Fielder-Civil.(The Times)
- Joss Stone “behaved like a woman possessed” after suffering a serious “hair malfunction.”(The Sun)
- Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan gets nasty with former bandmate Mutya Buena: “Mutya needs to stop disrespecting us and making things up. She resents us for moving on and doing well.” (Mirror)
- The recovering Howard Donald may rejoin Take That on tour Wednesday, but he won’t return to the stage just yet.(Mirror)
- Oh, in your dreams, fellas: the Westlife boys joke that they were going to replace Brian McFadden with Justin Timberlake.(Contact Music)
- Oasis will begin recording their seventh album next week at Abbey Road Studios.(NME)
- The Guardian‘s Dave Simpson reviews a gig by singer-songwriter David Ford: “It’s like listening to David Gray or Tom Waits with Tourette’s syndrome.”
- Goldfrapp breaks out the purple prose to describe their new album, set for 2008 release: “A sensual counterpoint to the glitterball glamour of Supernature, Seventh Tree is gilded in the butterfly colours of an English surrealism shared from Lear to Lennon. It shimmers and shines with the warmth of a hazy summer, an electric whirlpool over which Alison‘s glistening voice soars.” (Gigwise)
- Scottish band Biffy Clyro destroyed the stage and their own equipment after their set at New York’s CMJ Festival was cut. Lead singer Simon Neil told NME.com: “All the other bands played for about half an hour and we got pulled off after about one song basically. So we kept playing and there were people coming onstage trying to unplug our gear, so I had a bit of a meltdown and I grabbed everything I could get my hands on – I took all the microphones and threw them as hard as I could against the back wall.” I’m sure their invitation for next year is forthcoming…
- Greencine Daily compiles reviews for the Julien Temple documentary, Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.
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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.