Why is “Neutron Star Collision” Trending on Twitter?

  • For all of you who logged into Twitter today thinking the apocalypse is nigh, you’re in good company. “Neutron Star Collision” is the No. 1 trending topic on the popular micro-blogging site today, ahead of topics like Justin Bieber, the Gulf oil spill, and Rand Paul.

    Well, those anticipating the decimation of the universe were sorely disappointed: “Neutron Star Collision” is the name of the latest single from UK rock band Muse, and the video for the song premiered today. A Muse video premiere wouldn’t usually be that notable, but the song is featured on the soundtrack for the next Twilight movie. And the video features some never-before-seen clips from said movie. Hence, all of the Twitter noise.

    Too bad the song is totes lame. To my ears, this is paint-by-the-numbers Britpop sap – an overblown piano anthem that sounds like Coldplay and Keane at their mushiest. And Matt Bellamy is doing his default Thom Yorke impression, singing doomed-lovers lyrics like “Our love would be forever, and if we die, we die together.”

    Make no mistake: I can appreciate the drama of Muse’s sound, but this is unforgivable cheese. Which means it’ll be the song that breaks them in the States. Sad, no?

  • Robert Pattinson has cut his hair. Here I was thinking that bathing was the more pressing issue.(Daily Mail)
  • Was Lily Allen the best British songwriter of the past year? (Guardian)
  • So Courtney Love knows what Kate Moss tastes like. Whoop-dee-doo.(Telegraph)
  • Mick Jagger says the UK should experiment with drug legalization by testing it out on the Isle of Man. Hey, they test cell phones there, right?(Daily Mail)

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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