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Girlfriend just can’t catch a break! First, there was that whole “crack-pipe” video that forced her into rehab and nearly got her sent to prison. Now, a video of Ms. Winehouse singing a “racist” ditty has been published by News of the World, and it has sparked new concerns for Amy’s well-being. Amy’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, shot the video, and he’s heard egging Amy and an unidentified female on to sing a song full of ethnic slurs. Amy asks him if the camera is running; Blake swears on his life that it is not. Later in the sequence, Blake films Amy passed out on a couch with what looks like drug paraphernalia strewn all around her.

In today’s Daily Mail, Amy has issued an apology for all of this: “I don’t want to play anything down, but I’m the least racist person going.”

OK, No. 1: Blake is a scumbag for doing what he did. No. 2: Amy’s not going to get better if she continues to surround herself with the kind of liars and leeches who sell private tapes to the tabloids.

Manchester dance act Mint Royale has seen their three-year old single, a cut-up techno version of Gene Kelly‘s “Singin’ in the Rain,” hit No. 1 after being used in a breakdancing performance by Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson. Funny how that happens on the UK charts; old hits just sorta pop up again and take on a new life. This week also sees the top 10 debuts of a really good female singer-songwriter (Gabriella Cilmi at No. 7) and a really annoying one (Sara Bareilles at No. 6).

1. Mint Royale – Singin’ in theRain
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2. Rihanna – Take A Bow
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3. The Ting Tings – That’s Not MyName
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4. Duffy – Warwick Avenue
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5. Ne-Yo – Closer
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6. Sara Bareilles – Love Song
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7. Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet AboutMe
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8. Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake – 4Minutes
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9. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold
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10. Will.I.Am – Heartbreaker
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In other news:

  • The Times has reviewed the new Coldplay album: “Viva la Vida‘s sonic squiggles and fancies act as a sort of evil twin to Martin’s innate musical politesse. Yet, for all that his producers seek to lure him into darker corners, the wide-eyed, zealous, and populist pastor in Martin keeps reasserting himself.”

  • Could it be possible that there will be two sexy women on the X Factor? Sharon Osbourne says she would like Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud to replace her as judge.(BBC)
  • Judge not lest ye be judged: will Sharon Osbourne slide on her dancing shoes for Strictly Come Dancing, the original UK version of Dancing with the Stars?(Digital Spy)
  • Once again, Rupert Everett has opened his big trap, but this time he has to apologize. Well, he did call soldiers “wimps” and pooh-pooh Abu Ghraib. “In [Richard] Burton‘s day they were itching to get into the fray. Now it is the opposite. They are always whining about the dangers of being killed. Oh my God, they are such wimps now!”(Telegraph)
  • Could George Michael kill a planned Wham! movie by refusing to allow his music to be used in the film?(Guardian)
  • Gabriel Thomson, little Michael on My Family, is the latest child star casualty: he was arrested for possession of a class A drug.(Daily Mail)
  • David Tennant is playing Hamlet, and The Daily Mail mixes up its Shakespeare references. (“Where art thou, David? Dr Who’s Tennant signs up to play Hamlet.”)
  • It’s Rhys vs. Rhys in the battle for Sienna Miller‘s heart: Rhys Ifans has “threatened to beat up” Matthew Rhys.(The Sun)
  • Martin Bashir, famed Princess Diana and Michael Jackson interviewer, has been diagnosed with a tumor on his pituitary gland.(BBC)
  • Margaret Thatcher – sexy? The Iron Lady gettin’ her freak on? Oh haaailll no!(Telegraph)
  • You can buy Katie Price‘s breast implants on eBay for a cool $2m. That’s all well and good, but why is The Mirror‘s accompanying photo for this article a little wet child?
  • Another drunk-eyed, open-mouthed Princess Beatrice shot: I swear, only Miss Jade Goody herself is less photogenic.(The Sun)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.