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The Daily Telegraph Dubs Carla Bruni “The New Princess Diana”

Don’t you wish your First Lady was hot like me: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy‘s tour of Britain has the pundits tossing out superlatives. “Poised.” “Serene.” “Glamorous and sophisticated.” (Compared to “Crocodile Wife” Camilla, the new Ms. Nicolas Sarkozy must seem like she dropped straight from the pearly gates.) She’s being compared to Jackie Kennedy and, yes, Princess […]

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Leona Lewis, First UK Woman In 21 Years To Top Billboard Hot 100

When the last British female solo artist topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Maggie Thatcher was beginning her third term as UK Prime Minister, the Berlin Wall was still standing, the first Lethal Weapon movie was a huge hit, and Hilary Duff hadn’t been born yet. Good times. On June 6, 1987, English sensation […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Leon Jean Marie’s “Bed of Nails”

Could Britain be the savior of R&B? Think of all the catchy, innovative soul that’s coming out of the UK right now: David Jordan (with his R&B jig “Sun Goes Down”), Taio Cruz, Estelle, Thecocknbullkid, and now Leon Jean Marie, whose new single, “Bed of Nails” is gaining major airplay. Produced by Mark Ronson, it […]

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The Empress Has No Clothes: Helen Mirren Is the Queen of Nudism

Nudits – or naturists, as they are called in Britain – have taken Dame Helen Mirren as their queen.(Contact Music) David Walliams goes bald to play Frankie Howerd.(The Sun) James Nesbitt opens up his bank book to the world.(Telegraph) Sir Ian McKellen isn’t done with Gandalf yet: he is “very likely” to reprise his Lord […]

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Rick Astley Understands The “Irony” Behind The “Rickroll”

Has-been-turned-Internet-icon Rick Astley finally comments on the “Rickrolling” phenomenon in today’s LA Times. The “Rickroll” is an online fakeout in which bloggers present a link to something salacious – like a Lindsay Lohan sex tape – which instead re-directs to the “Never Gonna Give You Up” video on YouTube, bouffant, big sunglasses, and all. “If […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Marc Almond and Gene Pitney’s “Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart”

One of the most bizarre duets ever – and yet it works. Gene Pitney‘s record label reportedly refused to release the single in the U.S. because they feared it would be mistaken for a love ballad sung by two gay men. Were they kidding? A gay man wouldn’t be caught dead in the hideous white […]

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Yes, They’ve Made a Video Game of the Paul-Heather Divorce

Play Muccachucka, the Paul McCartney–Heather Mills online divorce game! Throw water on Fiona Shackleton and steal Paul’s money!(Mirror) The Times profiles Corinne Bailey Rae. “She has spoken of missing her husband when either of them is away working, but has always seemed to have her feet firmly on the ground. ‘When you achieve success early […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Symphony”

Jump in the wayback machine and listen to some vintage Massive: this one’s from 1991, and it was the band’s first major international hit. You get the sense that Moby has spent a large part of his career trying to re-capture the grand-scale sense of melancholy of “Unfinished Symphony,” which features a string orchestra and […]

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Katie Price Becomes Kate Andre: Jordan Changes Her Name

Jordan a.k.a. Kate Price wants to be known as Katie Andre now. She has taken the last name of her husband, Peter Andre.(The Sun) No. 1 on British teenage girls’ wish lists? Boob jobs so they can look like Jordan.(The Sun) Critics find Jordan’s nomination for a British Book Award “depressing.”(Mirror) Jade Goody “was involved […]

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