Leona Lewis Makes Billboard History Again

  • Leona Lewis continues her history-making tear through America: her album, Spirit, is the first debut album from a British solo artist to debut at No. 1. She’s also the first female Brit to top the album charts since Sade‘s 1986 album Promise, which came out two months before Leona was born. (Billboard)
  • Rupert Grint owns fellow firecrotch Lindsay Lohan: “I met Lindsay last summer and she talked about herself a lot. She said she was going to win an Oscar before she turns 25. I just kept thinking, ‘But you can’t act’.” (The Sun)
  • Damn, and I had those new funbags all set for fall: Jordan declares big breasts “out of fashion.”(The Sun)
  • Did Lily Allen go blond, or did an animal die on top of her head? Same difference, I suppose.(The Sun)
  • Record label bosses have issued Amy Winehouse “a warning”: stay clean or never release another album. Is this the same label that rushed Amy out of rehab after only two weeks so that she could perform at the Grammys?
    (The Sun)
  • People, we have found the new Rosa Parks: Naomi Campbell stands up for the nation of Brazil and all those disenfranchised by the Terminal 5 “fiasco”: “Someone from BA called me and asked that I return to fly with them but this will not occur so early. They didn’t find my bag – said it wasn’t in the system – and there was a complete disrespect for the passengers. You Brazilians went through the same problem last year [after an air traffic controllers' strike]. The case in Terminal 5 at Heathrow was the same thing and I am not speaking for myself. I am speaking for all those who have been disrespected.” Yeah, tell that to the maid with the big, red cellphone print on her left cheek.(Daily Mail)
  • The How Not To Decorate boys have made it official: Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan wed in asecret civil partnership in February.(The Sun)
  • Jarvis Cocker writes about his days in film school – and Vaseline is somehow involved.(Guardian)
  • David Walliams‘ new book: Crossdressing For Tykes? No, it’s actually called The Boy In The Dress, and yes, it’s a children’s book.(The Sun)
  • Is Cheryl Cole ditching her Girls Aloud bandmates for a solo record with T2?(The Sun)
  • Singer Duffy is “Dolce and Gabbana’s new muse.”(Mirror)
  • Which is receding faster: the polar ice cap or Jude Law‘s hairline?(Daily Mail)
  • David Mitchell says Russell Brand was turned down for the role of Super Hans on Peep Show. The role ultimately went to Matt King(BBC)
  • Tamsin Outhwaite says she’s not a “tough cookie” like her Hotel Babylon character: “People seem surprised by what a giggly mess I can become.”
    (The Independent)

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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