Will a shared love of fromage end the long-running “feud” between Blur and Oasis? A source says: “Damon [Albarn] and Alex [James] have always been enthusiastic about cheese – it was the glue that held Blur together for so long. But it wasn’t until recently that Alex discovered Liam, 35, and Noel, 40, shared their obsession. So he had the master plan of creating something constructive through the medium of cheese, which would mark their maturity.” Methinks someone’s having a bit of fun at the media’s expense.(Digital Spy)
Mutya Buena breaks out the Lee Press-On nails, LeToya Jackson-style. Hey, if some machete-wielding maniac attacks, she can at least defend herself.(Daily Mail)
Will Amy Winehouse show up at the Grammys? Not if her father Mitch has anything to do with it: “I’m not sure the Grammys are going to happen. I don’t want her to go – I think it might be a bit too soon for her. She’s not well – that’s why she’s in rehab. But she’s doing OK. She is getting good treatment.”(Mirror)
Tom Clarke of The Enemy spits some fightin’ words at Arctic Monkeys, calling them “dull”: “I went out and bought the first album and I thought it was top – some really good songs on there. And then I was bitterly disappointed when I got the second – just dull.”(Gigwise)
The Guardian‘s Caroline Sullivan notes the lack of female nominees for this year’s NME Awards.
The Kooks have lost their bassist; Max Rafferty has quit the band.(BBC)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor and husband Richard Jones of The Feeling DJ together under the name “Mr. and Mrs. Jones.”(Mirror)
Hot Chip plans to collaborate with…Westlife? Drummer Felix Martin says: “We’ve got a song called ‘Bendable Poseable’ on the new record. I’d really like Westlife to cover it. A boy band version, with the moves, would be immense.” (The Sun)
Popjustice compares Britain’s top 10 singles to America’s. Comparing UK’s No. 9 single (Soulja Boy‘s “Crank That”) to the U.S.’s (Finger Eleven‘s “Paralyzer”), Popjustice says, “We may be thousands of miles apart, but Americans and the UK can at least agree on having rubbish at Number 9.”
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.