Klaxons and Rihanna, Winehouse and Ronson To Headline BRITs

Tomorrow night’s BRITs are shaping up to be one of the most anticipated in recent memory. With the Osbournes hosting and Sir Paul McCartney performing, the ceremony already had potential for standout moments. Yesterday, word came that Rihanna will team up with Klaxons during her performance to offer up a fresh take on her hit, “Umbrella.” The band told Radio 1: “We’ve made our own slant on a contemporary version of it. It’s an electronic version with guitars on it, with a twist of ‘Golden Skans’.” Well, frankly, “electronic version with guitars” doesn’t sound very different from the original song, but the promise of “Golden Skans” space-rock is intriguing. Klaxons are talented boys – I’ve seen them live and they are great – and I’m sure they won’t disappoint at the BRITs.

In even more exciting news, Amy Winehouse is expected to perform tomorrow night, following up on her smashing Grammy appearance. “Amy is performing twice,” claims The Sunday Mirror. “She’s doing her single ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ with her own band and ‘Valerie’ with Mark Ronson.” Sounds like a heavy load for someone fresh out of rehab, but the Sunday Mirror reports that Winehouse is now taking methadone to deal with her addiction. “Medics decided not to put crack and heroin addict Amy through cold turkey – and have chosen to prop her up on pills and potions instead.” Shades of “Comfortably Numb,” anyone? She wouldn’t be the first rock-star addict to be taken advantage of by the powers-that-be for financial gain. I just hope that she’s well enough to perform.

In chart news, Welsh soul star Duffy has accomplished what rival Adele could not: she has debuted at Number One. It’s a bit sad. Adele, while overhyped, put out a well-done R&B track with “Chasing Pavements.” Duffy’s “Mercy,” on the other hand, is so generically retro, you’d almost suspect it was written for a commercial. Ah well, at least it’s keeping Nickelback out of the top spot.

1. Duffy – Mercy
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2. Nickelback – Rockstar
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3. Basshunter – Now You’re Gone
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4. David Jordan – Sun Goes Down
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5. Adele – Chasing Pavements
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6. Rihanna – Don’t Stop the Music
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7. H Two O ft. Platnum – What’s It Gonna Be
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8. Kelly Rowland – Work
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9. The Feeling – I Thought It Was Over
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10. Goldfrapp – A&E
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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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