Gordon Ramsay: “I Want to Be the Culinary Simon Cowell!”

  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Andrew Pierce profiles Gordon Ramsay, who says, “I am not copying Simon Cowell but it is clever what he has done, how he has masterminded and reinvented pop. It is clever to be in a position to search for talents, expose them, and then sign them up. If he can do that for music, why can’t I do that for food?”
  • Wendy Richard, EastEnders‘ Pauline Fowler, reveals some sad news – she is dying of breast cancer.(Telegraph)
  • Bob Dylan says the 18th-century Scottish poet, Robert Burns, is his biggest inspiration.(Guardian)
  • Perhaps he needs the money: Robbie Williams has ended his “strike” against EMI and will release an album next year.(NME)
  • Jon Pareles of The New York Times disses Madonna‘s Sticky and Sweet tour, which comes to New York this week. In a review of her Izod Center tour date, he says “Her moves were aerobic, not erotic; in one song, other dancers spotted her as if they were personal trainers.”
  • With Madge in NYC, is it any surprise she’s been spotted with Alex Rodriguez?(Mirror)
  • Britain’s culture secretary wants new musicians to get some exposure, and he says TV and radio aren’t doing the job. “I just worry a little that the relationship between prime time TV and radio and the music industry has at times become a little cosy,” says Andy Burnham. (BBC)
  • Glastonbury is half sold-out for next year.(Telegraph)
  • The X Factor top 12 finalists have been picked, and Laura White, 15, is favored to win.
  • Jason Statham talks about how he stays so ripped…and his obsession with So You Think You Can Dance?(The Times)
  • Ralph Fiennes, who is playing Oedipus on stage, sits down to talk with a shrink in The Times.
  • Coldplay ruled the Q Awards, winning Best Album and Best Act in the World Today.(The Times)
  • Grace Jones showed up in a mask and horns. The woman is brilliant.(Telegraph)
  • This week’s UK pop chart was supposed to be a faceoff between two ’90s British icons, retro rockers Oasis and Irish pin-ups Boyzone. But with her post-divorce anthem, “So What?,” Pink came in and wrecked their chart homecomings: she’s this week’s No. 1. Well, Pink’s rock stomp is much more fun than Oasis’ lazy throwback to their ’90s successes and Boyzone’s scandalous attempt to mimic Take That‘s comeback (but with bad hair and even worse dance moves.)

    1. Pink – So What
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    2. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
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    3. Oasis – The Shock Of The Lightning
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    4. Sugababes – Girls
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    5. Boyzone – I Love You Anyway
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    6. Rihanna – Disturbia
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    7. Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl
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    8. The Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up
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    9. Iglu & Hartly – In This City
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    10. Gym Class Heroes ft. The Dream – Cookie Jar
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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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