The Brits do love that Madonna. Not only does she spend her fourth week atop the UK Pop Singles Chart with “4 Minutes,” she’s on the front page of every newspaper after her foul-mouthed rant on BBC1 Radio’s Big Weekend on Saturday. Her live concert contained two confirmed f-bombs. Well, BBC listeners didn’t seem all that upset: only four people complained. What does upset me is Madonna’s boobs a.k.a. the sun-baked sandbags that threaten to choke her to death in this photo. (Damn, lady, where were you when Katrina hit?) That is sooo not cute.
Meanwhile, UK indie band The Fratellis say they were mistreated at the BBC1 concert due to accommodations bestowed upon Queen Madge. Jon Fratelli went on to his band’s fan forum and wrote a message. He didn’t name names, but the target of the rant seems apparent to The Daily Record. Here’s a bit of what was said:
“Every step of the way someone, sometimes seemingly for the fun of it, made life more difficult than it needed to be.
“If all that’s not enough, at the end of the night when all you want to do is walk 20 yards to a bus, some witless wonder tells you that no one can go anywhere until one particular person out of 15,000 license fee payers has left the site.”
See, I wish someone with a bit more credibility than a Fratelli had made this statement.
Here are this week’s top 10. The new Coldplay single, which was available for free a little over a week ago, managed to make a No. 8 debut.
In other news:
- Heather Mills and Paul McCartney‘s divorce is officially official.(BBC)
- Oasis drummer Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr, has reportedly left the band after a row with Noel Gallagher.(NME)
- Has Amy Winehouse (God help her) nicked Sadie Frost‘s boytoy?(Daily Mail)
- Doctor Who‘s David Tennant and Pushing Daisies‘s Anna Friel are British TV’s sexiest people.(Daily Record)
- The Sex and the City girls, who are oddly premiering their Manhattan-set film in London, want audiences there to keep the plot secret. Oh really? You’re asking the home of The Sun newspaper to keep a secret?(Telegraph)
- The British TV movie Boy A won three BAFTA Craft Awards. Doctor Who scribe Steven Moffat won Best Writer.(BBC)
- Charlotte Church has come out as a breastfeeding advocate.(BBC)
- The Guardian‘s Caroline Sullivan does some case studies on some of music’s “Next Big Things” who never were.
- Which Booker Prize-winning novel is the best of them all?(Guardian)
- Ray Winstone has some real gangster cred: he went pee-pee over gangster Ronnie Kray as a nipper. By the way, there’s a more grown-up interview with Mr. Winstone in The Daily Telegraph today.