Transatlantic Catfight: Courtney Love and Lily Allen

  • The Shockwaves NME Awards lived up to their name Wednesday night when former rock homegirls Lily Allen and Courtney Love mixed it up backstage. The cordial, mutual celebrity kissy pooh-poohs apparently took an ugly turn, with both parties shouting expletives at each other. The Sun has the blow-by-blow:

    A crew member who witnessed the incident said: “The two singers were chatting amicably at first.”Then things turned really nasty and then aggressive.

    “Courtney seemed to take offense to something Lily said about her daughter Frances Bean and started shouting at Lily, calling her ‘a little girl’ and patronizing her by saying ‘welcome to the music industry’.

    “Lily was visibly shaken and upset by the exchange and snapped back ‘Why the f*** did you say that to me?’ before being ushered out in tears by her boyfriend Sam Cooper. It all happened very quickly and soon got out of hand.”

    As the dust settled, Courtney took the showdown to Twitter:

    “I know most people in rock and music in London and I don’t know one human being that likes this person. I just don’t get it.

    “She’s on a diet of Haterade and cat hiss and self-loathing.

    “It was ugly, she was obviously jealous. So insecure, it’s catchy, I just don’t get it.”

    Lily Allen chimed in on Twitter as well…apparently the bust-up was all about dresses???

    “She’s upset because she has got it into her head that I put a lock on some dresses for the BRIT Awards. She’s made no secret of this, and, when I saw her at the NME’s, she tried to talk to me, and I told her to shut up and stop spreading stupid rumors about me.

    “And that’s pretty much it. I would never fight with her, as a rule I don’t pick on crazy old ladies.”

    Allen later called Courtney “a paranoid, drug-addled lunatic,” which is pretty darn funny. This isn’t the first time Lily and Courtney have had friction: back in 2007, Lily posted on her MySpace (remember MySpace?): “I am not bfs w/ C Love, one night with her made me realize why Kurt [Cobain] killed himself. I nearly checked into rehab.”

    Gotta say, while I get a kick out of Lily and have enjoyed her music, Team Courtney all the way. And after years of looking like her face had a few close encounters with a very sharp melon baller, Ms. Love actually looks great these days. Check out a clip of Courtney singing with the reformed “Hole” on a recent episode of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. Takes me back to days when I used to pump Live Through This on full blast out of my tiny bedroom stereo:

  • Kasabian and Muse both took home two NMEs, and The Inbetweeners, which airs right here on BBC AMERICA, won Best TV Show. Congrats!
  • A black-and-gold Imperial Dalek fetched the most money at the recent Doctor Who auction, selling for £20,400 ($31,124). David Tennant‘s dinner suit from “Voyage of the Damned” – which I wanted, damnit – sold for £5,040 ($7,688). BBC NEWS caught up with some lucky fans who took home some pretty famous props.
  • Susan Boyle‘s brother continues to voice concern about her well-being: “She needs 24-hour care. She needs to be looked after.” (The Sun)
  • First, Cheryl Cole has her hubby Ashley thrown out into the street, and now this: a man from Nottinghamshire, England was thrown out of his apartment for blasting Cole’s songs in the middle of the night.(NME)
  • Cheryl is “living on peppermint tea” as she deals with disintegrating marriage.(The Sun)
  • Joan Rivers rips into Posh Spice: “The only thing that is nice about Victoria Beckham is she never gives anyone the finger – because it’s always busy down her throat!” (The Sun)
  • Bright Star‘s Abbie Cornish will play a “contemporary” version of Wallis Simpson in Madonna‘s W.E.. If you didn’t know, the film will have parallel storylines, Julie & Julia style. Vera Farmiga will play the 1930s era Wallis.(Daily Mail)
  • Alexander McQueen‘s funeral was a suitably star-studded affair.(Telegraph)
  • The Laurence Olivier Awards – a.k.a. the British version of the Tonys – will be streamed live on March 21st from their website, according to The Stage.
  • Robert Pattinson will match wits with Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, and the ladies of The View on his promo tour for Remember Me, his new film.(MTV)
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar, formerly of The Kumars at No. 42, will star in a one-off drama titled The Indian Doctor.(The Stage)
  • What happened to pop tribes like “the mods” and “the New Romantics”? The Guardian‘s Jude Rogers looks into the seemingly fading phenomenon of fan-based communities.
  • Ray Davies‘ new album will feature duets with Jersey boys Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.(Guardian)
  • The Guardian‘s Alexis Petridis isn’t feelin’ the much-hyped singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, who won the BRITs Critics’ Choice award for most promising newcomer this year. Petridis says Goulding’s “folk-pop” debut just isn’t that exciting: “You could argue that tricking that stuff out with synths and samples has become pretty commonplace over the last decade or so. At the risk of ­invoking the kind of comparison that might also cause Goulding to scramble over the nearest wall and head back to Powys – that is, after all, what Dido did.”
  • The Rolling Stones have dug up some lost tracks from their Exile On Main Street sessions, which will be released on a new version of the classic album.(Guardian)
  • Thom Yorke‘s “supergroup” featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will be called Atoms for Peace.(Guardian)

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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