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Even though I’ve shown some distaste for Duffy‘s recent singles, I know I’m in the minority: the Welsh teen queen knocked the socks off of The Daily Telegraph‘s Adam Sweeting, who was sweet on her vocal skills in concert: “Though comparisons with Dusty Springfield have been lobbed lazily in her direction, she doesn’t sound any more like Springfield than she does Lulu, Petula Clark, or Peggy Lee. Indeed, it’s hard to compare the raw, grainy quality of her voice to any other singer, a powerful asset at any time but almost miraculous in this era of insipid telly-pop clones.”

Meanwhile, the Duffster is No. 3 on the UK charts this week. She should look out, though: there’s another blue-eyed soul diva storming up the chart. Aussie singer Gabriella Cilmi is selling loads of her single, “Sweet About Me”, in the UK iTunes store right now. Dare I say I like Gabriella better?

1. Rihanna – Take A Bow
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2. The Ting Tings – That’s Not MyName
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3. Duffy – Warwick Avenue
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4. Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake – 4Minutes
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5. Will.I.Am – Heartbreaker
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6. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold
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7. Ne-Yo – Closer
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8. Usher ft. Young Jeezy – Love InThis Club
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9. September – Cry For You
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10. Wiley – Wearing My Rolex
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In other news:

  • The BBC has reviewed how much money their stars are making. “The report, commissioned by the corporation’s governing body, the BBC Trust, says in some cases stars get paid less than they would elsewhere.” (BBC)

  • A 14-year-old breakdancer, not hot martial artists, has won Britain’s Got Talent.(Telegraph)
  • You may have seen Prince‘s Coachella performance Radiohead‘s “Creep” on YouTube – well at least before The Purple One’s record label had the clip removed. Thom Yorke thinks it should go back up: “Really? He’s blocked it? Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment…well tell him to unblock it, it’s our song.”(Guardian)
  • If this year’s Tony nominations are any indication, the Brits have invaded Broadway. The Times asks several UK theater luminaries why this is happening. Michael Attenborough, artistic director of the Almeida theater, says, “The nominations are both a function of the weakness of Broadway and the strength of London. New York is an unbalanced theatre town. People are used to shows, not plays, and when they see a play they like the reassurance of something that has already been on in London, the intimation of success.”
  • Gordon Ramsay tells his 10-year-old daughter, “You’ve got to eat your lettuce, otherwise your boobies aren’t going to grow.” Way to give your little girl a complex, dad.(The Sun)
  • Kim Cattrall will play the Joanna Lumley role in an HBO version of the British dramedy, Sensitive Skin, which follows an aging ex-model as she “rediscovers her sexuality.”(Hollywood Reporter)
  • Rod Stewart‘s ne’er-do-well son will join VH1’s Celebrity Rehab alongside Heidi Fleiss and Sebastian Bach.(New York Post)
  • Meet Andrea Riseborough, who plays the young Margaret Thatcher in the TV film, The Long Walk to Finchley. She gives her take on the Baronness’ use of her lovely lady lumps: “I think she flirted. I think she enjoyed being with guys. And once she realized she could use her feminine charms, my Maggie was both relieved and disappointed in men.”(The Times)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.