SPOILER WARNING: Photos of Doctor Who Season Five apparently “filming in Croatia” have hit the Interwebs over the past day or so. (See here and here – don’t click if you don’t want to be potentially spoiled.)
Susan Boyle has set a U.S. chart record: I Dreamed a Dream had the biggest first week sales for any female debut solo album, moving 701,000 units.(CNN)
Lily Allen says she’s taking a “one or two” year break from music to focus on “a record label” and launching a fashion rental store. (NME)
I’d been wondering what happened to Corrine Bailey Rae. The British soul singer understandably took some time off after the tragic death of her husband Jason Rae. But today she has announced that her next album, The Sea, will come out in February. She told NME: “I feel like I’ve been playing music and writing and using music to help me with all the different emotions that I’ve been feeling. When I started writing that I was thinking, ‘I don’t really want this song to go into the world, ’cause it’s so naked?’ But I had to.”
British pop icon Sir Cliff Richard has had a UK No. 1 single in every decade since the 1950s, except this past one (which is ending in less than a month). The Guardian explains how Richard can hold on to his chart record.
In an interview with The Guardian from last week, former Cocteau Twins frontwoman Elizabeth Fraser explains why she pulled out of the band’s planned reunion back in 2005. (You guessed it: she still had conflicted feelings about reuniting with guitarist and former lover Robin Guthrie, the father of her child.) She also discusses her relationship with late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. She was recording vocals for Massive Attack‘s “Teardrop” when she learned of his untimely death. “That was so weird,” she says. “I’d got letters out and I was thinking about him. That song’s kind of about him – that’s how it feels to me anyway.”
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.