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  • Mick Jagger says Amy Winehouse will be fine: “Everyone goes through this sort of thing when they become very famous so hopefully Amy will come out the other side with equanimity and a new lease of life.”(Telegraph)

  • Mick Jagger says Amy Winehouse is gonna die: “Amy is a brilliant artist who makes fantastic music. She has class. But I’m worried she might die if she goes down the road that she has taken.” (The Sun)
  • Pete Doherty has tested clean for drugs, avoids prison.(NME)
  • Update on that Radio 1 40th anniversary compilation of covers: The Streets‘ remake of Elton John‘s “Your Song”; Lily Allen‘s take on The Pretenders‘ “Don’t Get Me Wrong”; Mutya Buena‘s awesome cover of Tracy Chapman‘s “Fast Car”; Franz Ferdinand and Girls Aloud doing David Bowie‘s “Sound and Vision,” which sounds exactly how I imagined it; McFly’s version of The Jam‘s “Town Called Malice,” which isn’t as hideous as it could have been; a daring Sugababes re-imagining of The Stylistics‘ “Betcha By Golly, Wow”; and Keane‘s way-too faithful revision of Queen and David Bowie‘s “Under Pressure.” Oh, and when Tom Chaplin attempts to mimic Freddie Mercury‘s falsetto during the “Chippin’ around/kickin’ my brains around the floor” part, it is simply ghastly.
  • Spice Girls fans call bullsh** on that “38-second sellout,” which barred many people from buying tickets. The Mirror reports, “Many will miss seeing their idols because they believed they could only get a seat by entering an online lucky dip at the Spice website.But we can reveal that any 02 mobile phone customers can buy up to six tickets each for some dates – despite not registering on the site.”
  • Morrissey‘s new album is “written and completely ready,” set for a 2008 release.(NME)
  • NME interviews Radiohead – EXCLUSIVELY. Thom Yorke talks about the freedoms and pitfalls of being without a record label: “It’s an extremely strange situation to be in, and one of the things you discover really quickly, when you discover you’re not committed to anything, is that you need some level of commitment because otherwise you just start f**king about, which is what we did for ages.”
  • Lily Allen will make her film debut as Lydia Bennett in a spoof version of Pride and Prejudice.(BBC)
  • Video: Mel B. quicksteps into America’s hearts on Dancing with the Stars.(Daily Mail)
  • Debbie Harry accuses Madonna of stealing her style back in the ’80s. “I came right up against the Madonna thing. Maybe it’s my paranoia but she had a lot of my looks. If you look closely, sometimes there’s pictures of her and me that completely overlap.” OK, true, but who hasn’t been robbed blind by Madonna? It certainly suited her well enough back in the ’80s. Now, not so much.(Towleroad)
  • Sting (along with wife Trudie Styler) mingled with strippers at Paris’ VIP Room – The Daily Mail says, “He showed off his signature moves as he took the floor with a bikini-clad dancer and was later photographed hand-in-hand with French model Laurence Treil.”
  • Lee Hazlehurst – the composer behind the theme song for Are You Being Served? as well many other classic British TV series – has died at 79.(BBC)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.