Universal crassly celebrates how much media coverage of Amy Winehouse‘s problems have driven record sales. Universal Music International’s Hassan Choudry says, “Everyone (at the label) is extremely happy with the amount of records we’ve sold and a lot of it has been down to some amazing marketing opportunities in the market when the artist wasn’t available.” In other words, stumbling around London streets in your bra while bawling your eyes out = marketing genius. (Gigwise)
The Daily Mail reports that Cheryl Cole has sought consolation from fellow WAG Victoria Beckham, who endured a similar scandal three years ago when Rebecca Loos claimed she had sex with David Beckham.
In other Cheryl news: The Sun says she’s so distressed she’s stopped eating, and MTV says Cheryl’s being tested for STDs.
Rhydian hasn’t even put an album out and he’s already getting honorary degrees.(Daily Mail)
Natasha Bedingfield has tied Sade‘s record for highest Billboard chart debut from a British female artist: her album Pocketful of Sunshine enters the Hot 200 at No. 3.(BBC)
The feud between New Order‘s Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook made filming the Joy Division documentary awkward, to say the least. But director Grant Gee tells the Melbourne Herald Sun, “They’re old enough to be able to be professional about [their feud]…It’s not like they’re a very young band where the animosity is spilling over and out of control, they just get on with it really.”
Blur never actually discussed recording when they met back in December, Graham Coxon reveals.(NME)
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.