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Finally: State of Play Returning For Second Season

Paul Abbott‘s tour de force of politics and journalism – the incomparable British series State of Play – will finally get that long-awaited second season, Abbott tells The Sun. “We’re looking at doing six episodes,” he says. The show had a crazy-brilliant cast – Bill Nighy, John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Polly Walker, David Morrissey, Philip […]

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Listen To the Full Arctic Monkeys Album

AOL Music is having a listening pah-ty for the Arctic Monkeys‘ Favourite Worst Nightmare, which is out today. Yes, that means you can listen to every track from the album – for free! (Use IE instead of Mozilla to listen.) Now, you can know firsthand what’s getting every rock critic (and NME reader) so hopelessly […]

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Mel B. Names Daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown

Here I was thinking she was just a big Candice Bergen fan: Melanie Brown a.k.a. Scary Spice has issued a statement concerning her baby’s name, according to the BBC: “Angel, as she was my little angel through my pregnancy. “Iris, as it’s my grandma’s name. Murphy, because he’s the dad. And Brown, because I’m the […]

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British Band You Should Know: McFly

There’s been one song that’s been playing on my iPod for the past week: “Transylvania” by British band McFly. It’s a proper rock opera, complete with a tongue-in-cheek storyline about historic love, a harpsichord intro, falsetto harmonies, a Beatlesesque bridge, and yes, even a roundelay ending. On a pure hook-per-minute scale, it’s somewhere around Cheap […]

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Patrick Wolf Vents On His Website, Declares Touring Career Over

Our man Patrick Wolf seems to have lost the plot a bit: he says he’ll perform his final concert in November. Wolf recently fired his drummer, whose on-tour drug problem has wreaked havoc on Wolf’s live shows. The result has been a tabloid frenzy. On a post at his website forums, Wolf says, “I have […]

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Amy Winehouse, Hot Chip, Arctic Monkeys Up for Songwriting Awards

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The newly engaged Amy Winehouse has yet another reason to celebrate today: she's up for Britain's most prestigious songwriting award, the Ivor Novello. Her hit, "Rehab," has been nominated for Best Contemporary Song, alongside Hot Chip's "Over and Over" and Bodyrox's "Yeah Yeah". Arctic Monkeys, Elton John, Scissor Sisters, Madonna, and Robbie Williams (for "Rudebox"!) […]

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The Smiths To Be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

I've never expected The Smiths to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Their influence on rock is undeniable, but unlike The Police or The Clash, they never scored any mainstream success here. But, to my surprise, NME reports that the group is one the names being mulled over for inclusion in […]

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Crazy Pete Doherty Is Back. Also: The New Arctic Monkeys.

After a gig in Camden, Pete Doherty went into "a frenzy," launching a speaker into the crowd and demolishing the stage, reports The Mirror. Kate Moss and her daughter, 4-year-old Lila Grace, were there. Victoria Beckham will be godmother to Geri Haliwell's child, but David Beckham has been passed over as godfather in favor of […]

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Pete Doherty’s Friends Intervene; Kate Moss Plagiarizes Her Own Closet

Did Pete Doherty‘s friends finally perform an intervention?(The Sun) A “wild-eyed and barefoot” Doherty poured a bucket of ice-cold water on a photographer.(Daily Mail) Are Kate Moss‘ Topshop designs just copies of things already in her closet? The Daily Mail compares photos of Kate’s wardrobe to samples from her collection. Kate can now boast that […]

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British Singer Sues Beyonce Knowles

This just in from Digital Spy: British singer Des'ree has filed suit against Beyoncé Knowles, claiming the singer/actress covered her song "I'm Kissing You" without her permission: Des'ree yesterday filed the case at Manhattan Federal Court, with the intention of stopping the distribution of the song. She is also demanding $150,000 in damages. The two […]

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