- Sir Paul McCartney, who is now on the Starbucks label, tells The Times he found former label EMI “boring”: “Everybody at EMI had become a part of the furniture. I’d be a couch; Coldplay are an armchair. And Robbie Williams, I dread to think what he was. But the most important thing was, I’d felt [the people at EMI] had become really very boring, y’know? And I dreaded going to see them.”
- Will Robert Plant and Alison Krauss‘ imminent tour effectively kill any further Led Zeppelin reunion concerts?(BBC)
- No Pink Floyd‘s not getting back together, says David Gilmour.
- Lily Allen and Mark Ronson are pals again, Ronson tells The Mirror.
- Kinda like Mardi Gras before Lent – or the calm before the DTs: Amy Winehouse plans a “festive season binge” before committing to an Israeli rehab center. Glad to see her full of holiday spirit!(The Sun)
- Ringo Starr offers well wishes to Amy and Pete Doherty as they fight addictions.(The Sun)
- Steven Wells writes about the state of British “alt.pop” in The Guardian, referencing “Morrisseygate,” the new Britbox compilation, and yes, the recent hullabaloo about indie rock not being “black” enough.
- Leona Lewis and boyfriend Lou Al-Chamaa will spend a romantic New Year’s in the Caribbean – with her bosses from Sony BMG as unlikely chaperones.(The Sun)
- Blue-eyed soul singer Joe Cocker received his OBE yesterday.(Mirror)