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  • Could Susan Boyle become the frontwoman for…Rage Against the Machine?

    The band’s frontman, Zach de la Rocha, says he wants to make amends with Simon Cowell over his band’s successful digital download campaign to rob X Factor winner Joe McElderry of a Christmas No. 1 single. And how better to mend fences than to collaborate with his golden girl?

    De La Rocha told The Sun: “We love Susan Boyle, she is hot. To show there are no hard feelings we would like her to perform with us on stage this summer. She is a great vocalist and we would love to perform ‘Killing In The Name’ with her. Everybody knows her in the U.S. and she can add her vocals to anything. It would be an honor for us.”

    If you’ve never heard “Killing in the Name,” the song’s much-repeated refrain is “F*** you, I won’t do what you tell me!” And we all know that, behind Susan’s spinster exterior, there’s a foul-mouthed beast-woman just throbbing for an artistic outlet to unleash her anger. All those catty jokes made about her. All the tabloid tales. All the corporate leeches who want a piece of her. Damn Elaine Paige, for goodness sakes! This lady’s got a lot to rage about.

    Make it happen, Simon!

  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick lists his choices for the greatest frontwomen of all-time. His picks: Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Siouxsie Sioux, Stevie Nicks, and Debbie Harry. No effin’ Chrissie Hynde or Grace Slick, man? Or – dare I say it – Courtney Love? (And if RATM manages to snag Ms. Boyle, she automatically skyrockets to No. 1 on my personal list.)
  • The Guardian‘s Alan McGee compares British singer-songwriter Laura Marling‘s new album, I Speak Because I Can, to the best works of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell: “I Speak Because I Can could have gone wrong. It could have been a bleakly pale and introverted take on lost love. Yet it runs much like Bob Dylan’s Blood On the Tracks…[it] plays like a modern version of Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark. It has a classic feel. And Marling deserves comparison to the greats.”
  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Helen Brown uses Ricky Martin‘s coming out to speak about how gay pop singers are perceived in the UK. “Although we like to think that we embrace gay stars in the UK – and singers like Rufus Wainwright have spoken of finding a more liberal attitude over here – it is telling that Will Young waited until after he had won Pop Idol in 2002 to tell the world he was gay.”
  • Chef Jamie Oliver has recipes in today’s Telegraph: hock broth and pea & mustard dumplings and smoked duck salad.
  • Doctor Who star Matt Smith says he looked to Albert Einstein when crafting his Time Lord. “I was thinking, ‘Who in the world has a brain and a silliness which is close to the Doctor?’ and then I saw that photograph of Albert Einstein poking his tongue out and it just clicked.” (Mirror)
  • Charlotte Church talks about her dramatic post-pregnancy weight loss. (Daily Mail)
  • Idris Elba talks to The Daily Telegraph and admits he, like most TV viewers, never really watched much of The Wire.
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.