X Factor‘s Leon Jackson and Rhydian Roberts are shaping up to be the UK’s answer to American Idol‘s Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. Likable winner with above-average talent beats campy vocal virtuoso but loses when it really matters – at the cash register. (Studdard may provide a cautionary tale for Jackson: he was recently dropped by his label.) Leon may have the current UK No. 1, but Rhydian is the man people are talking about. Today, for instance, comes news that Rhydian has signed a £1 million deal with Simon Cowell and Sony BMG. But the true insult to Leon’s injury? Rhydian’s album may come out first. Leon is expected to wait until autumn so that “he can work on his singing.” Funny, but shouldn’t one have that all sorted out before one even thinks about making a record? Hmmm, I can’t sing. Perhaps I should work on that before I release an album to an audience of millions.
Other than Leon’s continued sales dominance, there’s not much new to speak of on the UK pop charts. Well, there’s Nickelback, but we prefer to pretend as if they don’t exist.
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In other news:
- Sir Paul McCartney has taken up sailing in the Caribbean.(The Sun)
- Amy Winehouse has allegedly been spending Caribbean nights with her ex George Roberts, and husband Blake Fielder-Civil is none too pleased, unsurprisingly.(Mirror)
- Amy is unlikely to be charged in relation to her husband’s case, says the Crown Prosecution Service.(NME)
- Could Coldplay join the exodus from EMI, which has included Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, and Radiohead?(Guardian)
- Radiohead‘s physical release of In Rainbows has still managed a No. 1 chart debut, despite being available for months as a download.(Guardian)
- Morrissey is serious about playing Iran and may be in negotiations with the nation’s government to play a concert there this year.(NME)
- The Salford Lads Club wants to create a Manchester supergroup – including members of The Smiths, The Hollies, and Herman’s Hermits – to create a Christmas No. 1 for 2008. Yeah, not happening.(NME)
- Hugo White of The Maccabees talks to BBC NEWS about the “athletic,” omnisexual kissing in their video for “Toothpaste Kisses.”
- Maxïmo Park heartthrob Paul Smith picks his favorite songs of 2007.(Guardian)
- An Independent interview with British Sea Power.
- Britain may get its own Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.(NME)