In a Rolling Stone interview, Chris Martin says he lost his virginity at 22, admits he got into music to get laid (who doesn’t?), and reveals his jealousy toward wife Gwyneth Paltrow‘s ex, Brad Pitt.(New York Daily News)
Oh, and since he’s already being so candid, he also admits to a prescription sleeping pill habit. “I can’t sleep, so I take a lot of sleeping pills. I don’t really like saying it, but it does take the brain to a different place.”(Mirror)
As Glastonbury approaches, The Guardian asks musicians (like Mr. Martin) for tips on how to headline a festival.
You’ll have to wait until 2009 for the next Franz Ferdinand release.(Daily Record)
Leona Lewis is tipped to sing the Bond theme instead of the troubled Amy Winehouse.(The Sun)
Amy’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, fancies himself “a modern-day Al Capone,” a trial witness told the court yesterday.(The Sun)
Cheryl Cole, Sharon Osbourne‘s replacement on X Factor, has already marginalized Dannii Minogue on the show. In a new promo shot, Cheryl looks fresh and vibrant, while Dannii, pushed to the far right of the photo, looks old and cranky. Let that be a lesson to Ms. Minogue: there’s always someone younger and prettier out there, and karma’s a bigger bitch than you’ll ever be.(Daily Mail)
Peter Gabriel talks about his new site, The Filter, with Reuters. He makes a great point about the declining quality of music technology: “The iPod, for example, does have the capacity to hold … what they call ‘Apple Lossless’ files, so it’s built in and available, but very few people use it and an MP3 has become the sort of new standard and it’s a giant step backwards. Whereas in television now most of us are getting used to wide screen or high definition, and that’s gone forwards in terms of quality, music has certainly gone back.”
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.