Noel Gallagher Slams Glastonbury for Inviting Jay-Z

Racist or just rockist: Oasis singer/guitarist Noel Gallagher gives his explanation of why tickets to Britain’s Glastonbury Music Festival aren’t selling – it’s the hip-hop, stupid:

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance.

“Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go ‘Kylie Minogue?’

“I don’t know about it. But I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.”

Racist? Maybe. Arrogant and a**hole-ish? You betcha. Perhaps Noel just wants to see a festival made in his own image: after all, most young British rock bands these days see Oasis as their primary reference point. That would seem all the more reason to add some variety.

There’s a heated discussion over at the NME site about the topic.

Estelle will not let go of the No. 1 spot. “American Boy” has spent four weeks at the top. Still, openly gay Aussie pop idol Sam Sparro is making a major play for No. 1; “Black & Gold” leaps two spots to No. 2.

New to the top 10 is Swedish dance artist September, who sounds like Cascada‘s Natalie Horler and every other Europop chick out there. The song “Cry For You” features a sample from the Bronski Beat classic, “Smalltown Boy.”

1. Estelle ft. Kanye West – American Boy
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2. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold
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3. Flo Rida ft. T-Pain – Low
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4. Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes
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5. Mariah Carey – Touch My Body
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6. Duffy – Mercy
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7. The Kooks – Always Where I Need To Be
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8. Leona Lewis – Better In Time/Footprints In the Sand
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9. September – Cry For You
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10. Chris Brown – With You
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In other news:

  • Confirmed: Lily Allen is a chub chaser. She’s dating rotund Gavin & Stacey star James Corden. Previously, Lily has dated Seb Chew and Chemical Brothers musician Ed Simons. (Digital Spy)
  • Glimpse of the future: Amy Winehouse with a baby in one hand and a Midori shot in the other.(Daily Mail)
  • Britney Spears‘ British ex-boyfriend, paparazzo Adnan Ghalib, has been stabbed in the face and arm.(Digital Spy)

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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