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  • She’s beggin’ us for mercy: Duffy says she’s “borderline on a nervous breakdown” due to her newfound fame: “I have sold my soul and I’m no longer anonymous.”(Telegraph)

  • Robert Plant says no to a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, calling rumors “frustrating and ridiculous.”(BBC)
  • So Sony has Daniel Craig to blame if Quantum of Solace tanks: he suggested that awful title: “As soon as it came out, people were saying, ‘Ooh, it sounds like Harry Potter.’ No, it’s Quantum of Solace. I was saying, ‘It’s a Bond title! The name of a Bond film is not about anything. Live And Let Die? Octopussy? What does it mean? It means very little. We’ve got nothing to worry about.”(Telegraph)
  • Simon Pegg says he Googles himself: “If anyone could eavesdrop on a conversation about themselves they would, definitely. Of course, I check things – part of the reason you’re an actor is because you’re deeply insecure. It’s not a wise thing to do and you will discover people who hate you.”(Mirror)
  • The Times‘ Hugo Rifkind gets off a sorta funny dig at Top Gear host James May, who has a new show called James May’s Big Ideas: “James May, of course, is the other one off Top Gear. Seen out of context, you know you know him, but you might not be sure why. ‘Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has let himself go,’ you might think. ”
  • A license plate with “The Stig” on it – well actually “THE 571G” – has sold for nearly $20,000.(Yahoo! Eurosport)
  • The Mirror‘s Jim Shelley likes the first installment of May’s new show: “Episode one was a hugely likable program about our old-fashioned dreams of a future that involved personal flying machines. May selflessly flew around the world looking at various (failed) prototypes: Russia’s monstrous sea-skimming Ekranoplan; mini Japanese helicopters; and the Wacky Races-style flying cars invented in America in the ’50s. You had to admire May’s bravery for flying them all, not to mention that of his passengers.”
  • While everyone is speculating who could replace David Tennant as Doctor Who, Russell T. Davies says Tennant could play the part “forever.” “I haven’t talked to him about leaving. Maybe it will never happen. Maybe he’ll be 70 and have to be taken off the set.”(Scotsman)
  • Could Tennant’s Hamlet co-star, Patrick Stewart, join him on Doctor Who?(io9)
  • Brideshead Revisited boys Matthew Goode and Ben Whishaw talk about “Waugh, women, and getting wasted” in The Sunday Times. Goode loves the wasted part: “It’s one of my favorite pastimes. There’s nothing better than hanging out with friends, knowing you’re going to spend the whole night having a drink.” And Whishaw won’t talk about the women part: “I don’t really understand why it’s interesting for people.”
  • Jamie Oliver blames a French magazine’s bad translation for his quotes attacking Britain’s “bland food” and sh*tfaced populous: “I’m not quite sure what happened with the quote there. I think something might have got lost in translation, with my funny English slang. It did sort of come out as an attack on the British, which it wasn’t.”(Telegraph)
  • Dannii Minogue is reportedly ready to walk from the show because Cheryl Cole is getting more airtime than she is. (Daily Mail)
  • Cheryl‘s been offered nearly $2 million to sign on for next season.(Mirror)
  • The Sun‘s Sara Nathan selects her 10 favorite acts for this year’s X Factor.
  • The Sun goes behind the scenes of the new Girls Aloud video. “X Factor judge Cheryl Cole brought her expertise into play as she and bandmates Sarah, Nadine, Kimberley, and Nicola cast their eyes over a line-up of 50 fit fellas. The guys were up for spots in the video for new single, ‘Promises.'”
  • Estelle talks about her personal and professional struggles.(The Times)
  • The manager of Joy Division and New Order, Rob Bretton, will have his notebooks published next month.(NME)
  • Sir Paul McCartney is releasing a dance album under the name “The Fireman.”(NME)
  • Stephen Fry ventures out in search of the “real America,” and what he finds is far different from the stereotypes one hears in Britain: “If I were to run out of petrol in the middle of the night I would feel more confident about knocking on the door of an American home than one in any other country I know – including my own. The welcome, the generosity, the helpfulness of Americans – especially, I ought to say, in the South and Midwest – is as good a reason to visit as the scenery.Yes, Americans are terrible drivers (endlessly weaving between lanes while on the phone, bullying their way through if they drive a big vehicle, no waves of thanks or acknowledgment, no letting other cars into traffic), yes they have no idea what cheese or bread can be and yes, strip malls, TV commercials, and talk radio are gratingly dreadful. But weighing the good, the kind, the original, the enchanting, the breathtaking, the hilarious, and the lovable against the bad, the cruel, the banal, the ugly, the crass, the silly, and the monstrous, I see the scales coming down towards the good every time.”(Telegraph)
  • Kings of Leon remain at No. 1 for the third week, McFly‘s “Lies” plunges out of the top 10 in its second week as expected, brand-new singles from James Morrison and Sugababes debut in the top 10, and Faith Hill‘s 2001 ballad, “There You’ll Be,” has received an surprise boost after a contestant emotionally performed it on X Factor, bringing judge Cheryl Cole to tears.. Oh and at No. 5, there’s a California rap-rock band named Iglu & Hartly whose members are notable for being shirtless in their videos. I ain’t mad at ’em.

    1. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
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    2. Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl
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    3. Rihanna – Disturbia
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    4. The Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up
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    The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up - Single - When I Grow Up Download The Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up”

    5. Iglu & Hartly – In This City
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    6. Gym Class Heroes ft. The Dream – Cookie Jar
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    7. James Morrison – You Make It Real
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    8. Sugababes – Girls
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    9. Ne-Yo – Miss Independent
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    10. Faith Hill – There You’ll Be
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.