The British Embraced Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas in ’09

  • Whether you were in a London disco or a Houston dive bar, you were likely vibing to Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas for most of last year. (Guardian)
  • Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream was the second biggest album of ’09 in the U.S.; only Taylor Swift‘s Fearless sold more copies. Impressive, given that Boyle’s album came out just this past November.(BBC)
  • Jonathan Ross has announced he’s leaving the BBC.
  • Gordon Ramsay writes in The Times: “There’s nothing more annoying than people droning on about their January diet. I just don’t get it. Why deprive yourself of one of life’s great pleasures at a time of year when you need cheering up the most?”
  • Is the latest Doctor Who controversy a result of “militant gingerism”? The Guardian‘s Paul MacInnes (himself a ginger) thinks so: “I ask the question today as a concerned citizen. There are many positive things gingers contribute to British society; I am sure. Without them we would have no one to compare our tans against. But after this week’s events, in which more than 100 complaints were made to the BBC over an off-the-cuff remark made in the Christmas Doctor Who special, it is clear that gingerism is on the verge of running out of control.”
  • The longlist for the British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs) has been announced, and An Education leads with 17 mentions. If you didn’t know, BAFTA season has a lot of steps. Next, nominees for the Rising Star award are announced on Tuesday. Then, the shortlist comes out on Thursday, January 21st. And finally the awards will be handed out in a ceremony airing Sunday, February 21st at 8 pm et/pt right here on BBC AMERICA.
  • Richard Curtis and Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye, two men known more for comedy than sci-fi, have been officially announced as writers for Doctor Who Season Five. (The Guardian)

    Sade and Paul Weller are among the “musical comebacks” of 2010.(Telegraph)

  • UK Royal Mail is issuing 10 new postage stamps featuring classic album covers, including The Clash‘s London Calling, The Rolling StonesLet It Bleed, and Coldplay‘s A Rush of Blood to the Head.(Telegraph)
  • Artist Sam Taylor-Wood is having a baby with her fiancé, the star of her John Lennon biopic, Nowhere Boy. Wood is 42; Aaron Johnson is 19. Win.(The Times)
  • Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson has done a Burberry campaign with her younger brother, 17-year-old Alex.(Hello! Magazine)
  • Florence + the Machine‘s cover of Candi Staton‘s “You Got the Love” has been licensed for use all over British TV.(Guardian)
  • The BBC continues to count down its Sound of 2010 list. Right now they are at No. 2 with Marina and the Diamonds, whose song “I Am Not a Robot,” was on my Best of 2009 list. Apparently, ’80s-influenced electronica will still rule the day in ’10.
  • Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan has finally gotten a new full set of teeth. He doesn’t look right. Isn’t that odd to say, especially considering he previously only had a few randomly placed nubs in his mouth? (Daily Mail)
  • Lindsay Lohan (!) will host a BBC documentary (!) about Indian child trafficking (!).(BBC)

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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