Friday, November 23, 2001

Stone cold depressing

Despite a massive publicity effort, Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger's new solo album sold just 954 copies Tuesday in Britain, its first day on sale, reports Reuters.

The 58-year-old singer's third solo album, "Goddess In The Doorway," was lying at No. 85 in the British charts, a position unlikely to give anyone close to the project any satisfaction.

On the same day, Robbie Williams' new album "Swing While You're Winning," sold 73,000 copies.

Revealing detail

Pop singer Madonna said Thursday her husband Guy Ritchie tells her to cover up if she wears outfits that he considers too skimpy.

The singer, known for her revealing outfits and suggestive lyrics, said she often does as he asks.

"He doesn't like it when I wear see-through shirts. Because he doesn't want anyone to see my raspberries (nipples)," Madonna, 43, said in an interview on British Broadcasting Corp. radio. "He doesn't want me to dress like an old slapper," a British term for a woman of easy virtue.

Asked if she covered up when asked, she replied, "Mostly. Unless I'm crunched for time." Sometimes, she said, she insists she should be allowed to dress as she wants, but "I have to pick and choose my battles."

Return of the Spice Girls?

From the mouth of "Baby Spice": the Spice Girls could go on tour next year.

Emma Bunton countered suggestions that because the Spice Girls have recently been concentrating on solo careers, they will not perform as a group again.

In an interview with the British pop magazine "Smash Hits," Bunton said the four had discussed going on the road together next year.

"We've talked about touring again and it's something we'd really like to do but we have to give each other space to do our solo stuff," she told the magazine.

"It'll probably be at least another year before it happens. It'll be an amazing show, with solo stuff, Spice stuff; a really good show."

Spelling class

British Prime Minister Tony Blair was the butt of tabloid press humor Thursday, after apparently misspelling the word "tomorrow" in a good luck note to a Labor Party member.

In a handwritten note, Blair apparently wrote "toomorrow" three times.

The alleged mistake came to light Wednesday when the note was reprinted in a local evening newspaper, which carried a picture of Blair wearing a dunce's cap.

A spokesman from Blair's Downing Street office insisted the prime minister had not made a spelling mistake and said his handwriting had been misinterpreted.

The Daily Mail suggested Blair's mistake ranked alongside former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle's famous gaffe, when he failed to spell potato correctly and added an "e" at the end for a class of New Jersey schoolchildren.

"Must try harder Toony," joked The Sun.