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Daily Telegraph Writer on Morrissey: Why Do The Political Opinions of Pop Stars Matter?

The Daily Telegraph‘s Michael Deacon talks about Morrissey‘s “anti-immigration” comments in the NME. “Surely the opinions in themselves cannot have shocked the magazine; such views are, after all, hardly unique. What apparently shocked it was that the man expressing those opinions was one of its favorite singers. It is, apparently, inconceivable to NME that an […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Kate Nash’s “Pumpkin Soup”

I really wasn’t a fan of last year’s irritatingly verbose “Foundations,” and I tried to resist this one. But Kate Nash‘s “Pumpkin Soup,” with its horn sample and adorable “I just want your kiss, boy” chorus, is just too infectious. I’m addicted.

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Heather Mills Is a “Survivor,” Says Biographer

New York Post gossip Cindy Adams talks to Neil Simpson, the author of the new unauthorized Heather Mills biography The Unsinkable Heather Mills. He says, “I’m fascinated by people who life dealt a bad hand, got kicked down and yet are survivors. Heather’s a tough friend and a tough wife. People close to her can […]

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The 2008 British Academy Film Award Nominations

Atonement, Britain’s great Oscar hope, received 14 mentions when today’s British Academy Film Award nominations were announced. Selected by BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts), the awards celebrate the best of British and international cinema. The ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, February 10th, could take on greater importance this year […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: The Faces’ “I’d Rather Go Blind”

The Etta James version of “I’d Rather Go Blind” is definitive -she owns the song, singing it like a deeply thoughtful and emotional confession – but this is a more than honorable cover version. Rod Stewart‘s throaty Otis Redding-esque croon has always been well-suited to soul, and his performance here is a nice slow, sexy […]

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An Update On the Life On Mars 1980s Spin-Off: ‘More Miami Vice Than The Sweeney’

The Times has some info on the upcoming Life On Mars spin-off Ashes to Ashes. The 1980s will find Gene Hunt, played by Philip Glenister, coming up against Thatcherism and new policing practices. Ashley Pharoah says, “A very specific era of policing is coming to an end. I think there’s a slight sense of melancholy […]

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The BRIT Awards Go Pop

The press and the music industry itself are reacting to yesterday’s BRIT nominations. The big story about the nominations – according to The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, and Billboard – is the return of pop at the BRITs, with Take That, Mika, and Leona Lewis leading the nominations. The Guardian‘s Peter […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ “Lipstick Vogue”

The sheer musicianship of this song frightens me. Elvis and his Attractions were virtuoso machines; they played fast and tight like a jazz ensemble or a speed-metal band. Bruce Thomas‘ bass is walking all over the place but remains right in line with the rest of the rhythm section. The song also seems like it […]

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Swedish Sex-Pic Star Tops Britain’s Pop Charts

Ironically, while the BRITs are celebrating UK-based music, 4 of this week’s top 5 singles are from non-British artists. No. 1 belongs to Swedish DJ Basshunter with the English version of his Swedish-language hit “Boten Anna.” Basshunter is quite the Internet sensation – for reasons that have little to do with music; the handsome knob-twiddler […]

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2008 BRIT Award Nominations Announced: Full List Here

Take That, Mika, and Leona Lewis lead the nominations with four each. Best British Album, which features all three artists, looks to be a major showdown. GIRLS ALOUD WERE NOMINATED! YES! Awards are handed out February 20th. The show will be hosted by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Here’s the list of nominees: Best British Male […]

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