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Billie Piper Gets Hitched; David Tennant, Chris Evans Among the Guests

Photos of Billie Piper and Laurence Fox‘s star-studded New Year’s Eve wedding have been released. Piper’s former Doctor Who co-star David Tennant showed up in a wine-colored crushed velvet suit. Does he think he’s Prince or something?(BBC) Retired chat show host Michael Parkinson is now SirMichael Parkinson, having received a knighthood in thisyear’s New Year […]

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Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse Ruled 2007; Who Will Dominate The Great ’08?

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope everyone has recovered from their wild holiday shenanigans. It almost seems retro to be dealing with “best of 2007” lists, but, on Sunday, the BBC released the top-selling singles and albums of last year. Amy Winehouse‘s Back to Black was the top album, and Leona Lewis‘s “Bleeding Love” edged out […]

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Top 50 British Tracks of 2007

I've limited this list to songs that were unreleased in the U.S. during the past year or failed to chart here. Under these criteria, I disqualified Amy Winehouse's entire Back to Black album. Her immense talent will never be questioned by me, and "Rehab" topped the list last year. But now she's a six-time Grammy […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Preview of Anglophenia’s Top Songs of 2007

Tomorrow, I will reveal my top UK songs from 2007 that deserved U.S. success. And one of my choices will be Mika‘s “Relax, Take It Easy.” I know I’ve spouted and sputtered ad nauseum about the evils of Mika throughout the year, and I truly did despise most of his singles. (If you thought “Grace […]

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Amy Winehouse “Arrested” and Released

When I first saw this headline, I thought, “Oy. It’s just one thing after another with this girl.” But, thank God, it’s not that bad: she was being interrogated by police about her husband Blake Fielder-Civil‘s pending “perversion of justice” case. It’s “common practice” to be “arrested” when one is interviewed by police in Britain, […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Shakespears Sister’s “Stay”

Bananarama singer Siobhan Fahey left the band in 1988 and formed this duo, Shakespears Sister (named after the Smiths song and misspelled due to a careless friend of Siobhan’s who made the logo). The above 1992 hit, “Stay,” was their brief claim to ubiquity: it was their sole top 10 single in the States. Opening […]

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David Beckham’s Interview on the Final Parkinson

David Beckham appeared on the final Parkinson (watch clip), which was seen by 8 million viewers.(BBC) Becks also appeared on Snoop Dogg‘s E! reality show, Father Hood, last night. They are BFF if you did not know.(NME) Ahead of his Broadway debut, Daniel Radcliffe has bought a New York penthouse. The price tag? Over $4 […]

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Leon v. Rhydian on The X Factor: Most Contested Vote SinceGore v. Bush.

In a stunning upset, Leon Jackson won X Factor on Saturday, prevailing over season-long favorites Rhydian Roberts and brother-sister duo Same Difference. Watch on YouTube: Leon performs “White Christmas” on the finaleRhydian sings “O Holy Night” on the finaleLeon sings “When You Believe”Rhydian sings “When You Believe”Leon talks about winning Rhydian’s fans are already angrily […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Feeder’s “Buck Rogers”

More influenced by metal than by The Kinks or ’77 punk, this Welsh band’s 2001 hit brought thundering, wall-of-sound rock back to the UK charts. The video, which features two of my favorite things – freeze frames and fast food – is pretty darn cool. Sadly, Feeder‘s drummer, Jon Lee, committed suicide a year after […]

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