“Black American” To Headline Glastonbury 2008: Jay-Z?

  • Glastonbury will have a “black American headliner” this year, says festival organizer Michael Eavis. BBC NEWS looks at the contenders, including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, and the current frontrunner, Jay-Z.
  • Amy Winehouse warns OK! Magazine readers about the dangers of liquor. “Drinking long-term is a lot worse than doing heroin,” she says. “Alcohol’s a real poison. I’m not a nice drunk. If I go to the gym and I have a drink, I’m lovely to be around.But if I haven’t been training or if there’s something bothering me, I’m a terrible drunk.” (The Sun)
  • Kelly Osbourne says there’s little love lost between her and fellow rock heiress Peaches Geldof.(Mirror)
  • The Mirror is reporting that Robbie Williams will be snubbed once again when the BRIT nominations are announced Monday.
  • Girls Aloud want some BRIT love, too, damn it. Isn’t it a scandal that they’ve never won?(NME)
  • Radiohead‘s In Rainbows album has still managed to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shocking many who thought their download scheme would dilute sales. The New York Times talks to Bryce Edge, one of the band’s managers, about the implications: “Mr. Edge said that sales of 100,000 copies of the album this week would be ‘almost certainly less than the number we would have achieved if we hadn’t’ offered it as a digital download. But the band still came out ahead, he said, in part because it attracted so many fans to Radiohead’s Web site, where it collected e-mail addresses from fans looking to acquire the album.”
  • The track listing for Morrissey‘s greatest hits collection includes quite a few tracks from You Are the Quarry and Ringleader of the Tormentors, but you’ll also find mainstays like “Suedehead,” “Everyday Is Like Sunday,” “The Last of the Famous International Playboys,” and “The National Front Disco” (as a bonus live track). (NME)
  • Tory leader David Cameron made a pilgrimage to Manchester’s Salford Lads Club to honor his favorite singer, longtime Tory hater Morrissey. Hazel Blears, a Labour MP from Salford, criticized the trip: “People in Salford remember when the Tories were in power… I’m surprised he wants to visit a shrine so reminiscent of the 1980s – the dog days of Thatcherism.” (BBC)
  • Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman says he still has to work to support himself. “The big money wasn’t there yet. I had a small nest egg and I can live nicely but I can’t rely on Stones royalties to support me. I have to work and I’m not in the same league as the boys who stayed on.”(Telegraph)
  • Led Zeppelin will discuss more tour dates, John Paul Jones says.(NME)
  • Singer Samantha Mumba has “collapsed with a mystery illness” and may pull out of this season’s Dancing On Ice.(Daily Record)
  • Popjustice compares 2008′s It girls, Adele and Duffy.
  • Supergrass bassist Mick Quinn explains why he sleepwalked out of a second-story window in a French villa, breaking two vertebrae in the process. “I needed a pee in the middle of the night. I wasn’t drunk, I was just so sleepy I thought I was on the ground floor. What I thought was a glass door was a window.” (BBC)
  • Utah Saints are releasing a “new” single, which is actually a re-release of the Kate Bush-sampling, 1992 hit “Something Good.”(NME)
  • Gigwise looks at the British acts who have “cracked America.”

Kevin Wicks

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.

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