Kings of Leon Topple Katy Perry on UK Charts – And All Is Right With the World

Thank Jehovah for Kings of Leon. The boys from Tennessee knocked that Katy Perry abomination off the top of the UK pop singles chart with their grunge-y new single, “Sex on Fire.” Kings of Leon’s brand of rootsy alt-rock has been hugely successful in the UK, but the band has yet to have a charting single in the States.

For those who haven’t been following the Kings for a while, lead singer Caleb Followill has had a much-needed haircut and looks hot.

Meanwhile, Sir Cliff Richard has his 67th (!) UK top 10 hit with his latest release, “Thank You For a Lifetime,” which debuts at No. 3 this week. It puts him nine behind Elvis Presley for the all-time record. Richard’s achievement is also notable as his hits have spanned exactly 50 years. (His first hit was “Move It” back in August of 1958.)

1. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
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2. Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl
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3. Cliff Richard – Thank You For A Lifetime
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4. The Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up
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5. Rihanna – Disturbia
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6. Eric Prydz – Pjanoo
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7. The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
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8. Madcon – Beggin’
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9. Kid Rock – All Summer Long
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10. Biffy Clyro – Mountains
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In other news:

  • Can you blame her?: Billie Piper “can’t stop touching” her pregnancy-augmented breasts.(The Sun)
  • Battle of the boobs: Davy Jones (of Monkees fame) and Simon Cowell show off their racks.
  • Russell T. Davies reveals some Doctor Who secrets in a series of emails with journalist Benjamin Cook. Sample: “I was in the shower on Saturday morning (you may avert your eyes), thinking about how much I’d enjoyed that last Harry Potter book, how I’d love to write something like that, remembering that, back in 2004, I asked JK Rowling to write an episode of Doctor Who, though she politely declined, and reflecting that we can’t possibly get someone to star in next year’s Christmas Special who’s as famous as Kylie…when all those things coalesced. BAM! I thought, don’t ask JK to write a Doctor Who – ask her to be in a Doctor Who! “(The Times)
  • Here’s a video clip of Harvey Keitel as Gene Hunt on the American Life On Mars. Note that the show is lifting plot and dialogue directly from the original.
  • This fall, Thursday nights at 10 pm Eastern will be a battle between two remakes of BBCA hits: CBS’ Eleventh Hour and ABC’s Life On Mars. Media buyers are giving the edge to Eleventh Hour.
  • Ofcom (the UK’s version of the FCC) has let Gordon Ramsay off the hook for killing and eating the heart of a puffin on an episode of his series, The F Word.(BBC)
  • Gordon has signed a multi-year deal with Fox to continue airing Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen.
  • Gordon Ramsay wants you lazy dinner party guests to get off your arses and peel a potato: “It’s time to change the way that we entertain our friends. I feel furious seeing the host in the kitchen sweating away over a hot stove. Entertaining is meant to be fun. Guests should be in the kitchen helping, so delegate, lighten up and have a glass of wine”. (Telegraph)
  • I knew she was my favorite Desperate Housewife for a reason: Eva Longoria said “no” to a Heather Mills appearance on the show.(The Sun)
  • David Thewlis – who is playing a Nazi in the film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – says he quite likes Los Angeles life, and he’s not ashamed. “There are a lot of British people in this business who slag it off, but I think it’s great. I live in a beautiful house. I like driving. I’ve got great friends here. There’s loads to do. You have the ocean and the mountain and the desert. What’s wrong with that? I’m from Blackpool, you know.”(The Times)
  • Fresh off his L.A. date with Britney Spears, Russell Brand‘s back in London picking up more babes.(The Sun)
  • Californication actress Natascha McElhone reveals the last message she received from her husband, famed plastic surgeon Martin Kelly, before he died earlier this year(The Times)
  • As if there was any question: Prince Harry was voted the “coolest young royal.”(Telegraph)
  • Prince William has elected to become a full-time search-and-rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force. Which is actually pretty darn cool.(Telegraph)
  • Kate Beckinsale‘s dress looks like a horrible skin fungus. It makes me itch.(The Sun)
  • Kenneth Branagh says “the prestige of celebrity for its own sake is not something that interests me.”(The Times)
  • Amy Winehouse does her birthday party guests a favor by not showing her scabby face there.(The Sun)
  • Richard Wright, keyboardist and founding member of Pink Floyd, died today at age 65.(Guardian)
  • If you’re a songwriter who happens to be tone-deaf, Roger Daltrey offers to bring your compositions to life. “I feel there must be an enormous amount of really talented songwriters out there who can’t sing. So please, send me your songs.”(Guardian)
  • Jack White is “disappointed” that his Bond theme was commissioned for a Coca-Cola ad. (Interestingly enough, The White Stripes have actually done Coke ads before.)(Telegraph)
  • James Morrison says he often gets confused for Chris Martin: “I should just play along with it and say I am with Gwyneth Paltrow and looking forward to going home with her tonight,” he quips. “Chris wouldn’t mind. He’s a funny guy.”(The Sun)
  • Mel B.: no Eddie Murphy did NOT turn me off of breeding.(Mirror)
  • A beret, a pair of thermals, a hidden tattoo, and a “shag-me bra…to be seen peeking out from your top” are just some of the “50 things every British girl should have.”(The Times)
  • Noel Edmonds, a British TV host, says he’s no longer paying his license fee due to the BBC’s “threatening” and “badgering” tactics.(BBC)
  • The Times has an excerpt from Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond‘s memoir. Here he talks about dogsledding in the North Pole, and it sounds quite glamorous: “Everybody’s obsessed with sweat, piss, and where to take a dump out here. And, no, there isn’t anywhere. You just wander out onto the ice with a bog roll and the gun in case of polar bears – the gun is there in case of bears. Not the bog roll, which really wouldn’t help.”

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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