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Miley Virus – At It Again

ImageMiley Cyrus’ latest attempt at relevancy sees her team up with pervy hasbeen, Terry “Uncle Terry” Richardson. The attention-seeking irritant stars in the video for her new song ‘Wrecking Ball’ which, predictably, also features a wrecking ball. We know that Miley Cyrus isn’t afraid to fetishise pretty much anything, and when she touched herself with a huge rubber hand at The VMAs, it bordered on surreal. So maybe it’s not actually that strange that she is still being a bit bothersome towards inanimate objects – this time Cyrus appears to be sexually harassing a building site.

First, she gets off with a sledgehammer…Miley Cyrus Kissing Sledgehammer Miley Cyrus Terry Richardson Miley Cyrus Tongue Miley Cyrus NailsAfter that, Miley strips down to her dusty boots and straddles the wrecking ball like some kind of sex swing.MIley Cryus Wrecking Ball New Miley Cyrus VideoI reckon that the shots of her dry humping a cement mixer and groping a forklift truck must have been cut from the final edit. Fortunately, they left in the bit where Miley slaps herself in the face – think that’s her trying to come across as a bit mental and ‘complex’, kind of like what Kate Nash is always trying to do.

David Bowie – The Next Day

ImageAnother amazing new video from David Bowie! Once again, he’s teamed up with Floria Sigismondi – the same director who did the video for ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’ – and this time Bowie plays a prophet. Gary Oldman co-stars as a priest and Marion Cotillard is the leading lady, portraying a prostitute who develops stigmata. The cinematography and styling in this video is brilliant – so many frames make amazing images in their own right.Gary Oldman The Next DayEyeball platterDemonic NunLove this demonic nun look – definitely doing something similar for Halloween this year!Gary Oldman and Marion CotillardBleeding handsMarion CotillardCardinalStigmataGary Oldman The Next DayWhen I first saw it, I thought it was a bit of a shame that people are so jaded these days that it probably wouldn’t be recognised as being particularly scandalous. But then I read some headlines about how it had already pissed off some Catholics and I took comfort in the fact that of course religious zealots and Daily Mail readers are still so easy to shock! To experience it in its full glory you should probably watch it on Vimeo – then you don’t have to see an annoying logo and can watch it on a full screen. Enjoy!

Rihanna in ELLE

Rihanna ELLERihanna CatwomanRihanna channels Catwoman in these cool shots by Mariano Vivanco. She’s wearing a leather mask by TheatrHall, and a hat by House of Flora for PPQ. I’d say she looks ‘fierce’, but that’s so not something I’d actually say!

Dita Von Teese Models First 3D Printed Dress

ImageThis elaborate, lattice design dress is a collaboration between stage costumier Michael Schmidt and the innovative Francis Bitonti Studio, based in Brooklyn, New York. Michael Schmidt has created stage outfits for some of the most outlandish and exciting performers – from Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Courtney Love and Grace Jones to Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and – obviously – Dita Von Teese. Schmidt’s design for the gown is based on the Fibonacci sequence and was 3D modelled by Francis Bitonti, before finally being 3D printed in Nylon by Shapeways. Once the 17 separate pieces of the garment were completed, they were dyed black, lacquered and embellished with over 13,000 Swarovski crystals.3D Printed Gown DetailDita also wore the dress at the unveiling at New York’s Ace Hotel last night.Dita Von Teese Ace HotelAlthough the cartoon-like burlesque star said that the dress was quite comfortable and ‘super light’, I’m not entirely convinced. Undoubtedly, the dress looks pretty cool, but it seems like it didn’t take her long to change out of the gown into a more practical Roland Mouret shift dress.

Kim Kardashian Street Art in Los Angeles

ImageImageHilarious pastings of Kim Kardashian by the LA street artist BumBoy WC.

Films of Fashion

Films of FashionFilms of Fashion is a brilliant online destination for a bit of frivolous escapism. Acting as a growing compendium of fashion films, it’s a great resources website which allows you to revisit well-known campaigns by the likes of Louis Vuitton and Agent Provocateur, while also discovering hidden gems by smaller labels and magazines. The layout is large, clean and user-friendly, and the video quality is excellent.Miu Miu 2010Louis Vuitton L'Invitation au VoyageThe Crush Fashion Film

Who is the most illegally shared artist near you?

Following the release of data collected by monitoring firm Musicmetric, the BBC have used this information to create an interactive tool. By entering your post code you can find out who – according to the research – is the most pirated artist near you.

The data also reveals the top 20 most torrented albums in the UK, which are as follows…

1. Ed Sheeran – +
2. Rizzle Kicks – Stereo Typical
3. Rihanna – Talk That Talk
4. Jessie J – Who You Are
5. Olly Murs – In Case You Didn’t Know
6. Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
7. Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
8. Chase & Status – No More Idols
9. Chris Brown – F.A.M.E
10. Gotye – Making Mirrors
11. Noel Gallagher – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
12. Drake – Take Care
13. Adele – 21
14. Kanye West – Watch The Throne
15. Beyoncé – 4
16. Snow Patrol – Fallen Empires
17. The Script – Science & Faith
18. James Morrison – The Awakening
19. JLS – Jukebox
20. Florence and The Machine – Ceremonials

Having seen that list, I thought that the most pirated artist in my area would be one of the more pretentious acts, such as Gotye or Florence and The Machine – I do live in east London. At a push, I might have guessed Rizzle Kicks or Chase & Status because they have a bit more urban credibility. So…who is the most pirated artist near me?Yep, apparently it’s Pitbull! I suppose Hoxtonites aren’t as pretentious or cool as everyone likes to think. At least we’re not stuck in the past, though – in Fulham the most illegally shared artist is supposed to be The Proclaimers? Really quite a strange result…

Hackgate In Brief

If you haven’t heard about the News Of The World phone hacking scandal, you must have been living under a rock for the past month. Every day, more revelations, allegations and opinions are published surrounding the saga. However, If this tidal wave of news has left you unable to keep up, then that’s perfectly understandable!


Here is a concise timeline of events that will allow you to get to grips with the main figures and key events in what has been the biggest media circus in years. Interestingly, events began to unfold in 2006…

8 August – News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire are arrested for hacking the phones of royal aides.

26 JanuaryMulcaire and Goodman are jailed for six and four months respectively. Editor Andy Coulson resigns, taking “ultimate responsibility”.
31 MayDavid Cameron makes Coulson the Conservatives’ director of communications and planning.

21 July –  Coulson tells MPs that things went “badly wrong” under his editorship.

1 September – The New York Times publishes an interview with former NOTW reporter Sean Hoare, including allegations that Coulson was aware of his staff illegally hacking phones and even “actively encouraged” it.
JuneDavid Cameron, now Prime Minister, attends The Sun Police Bravery Awards ceremony and dinner, meeting both Dominic Mohan (editor of The Sun) and Colin Myler (editor of the NOTW) for a general discussion.

21 JanuaryCoulson resigns from Downing Street.
26 January – Scotland Yard reopens inquiry. Assistant news editor at NOTW, Ian Edmondson, is sacked over claims of phone hacking in 2005 – 2006.
5 – 14 AprilEdmondson is arrested, as are reporter Neville Thurlbeck and senior NOTW journalist James Weatherup.
20 June – News International submits rediscovered emails relating to the phone hacking scandal and new allegations that NOTW executives authorised corrupt payments to police.
4 July – Claims emerge that investigators working for NOTW hacked the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, deleting voicemail messages to make room for new ones.
5 July – Following the Dowler revelations, News International CEO Rebekah Brooks says she is “appalled and shocked”. David Cameron says it is a “truly dreadful act”.
6 JulyRupert Murdoch backs Brooks, but describes the allegations as “deplorable and unacceptable. Relatives of soldiers killed in action are revealed to be possible hacking victims. Cameron announces a public inquiry.
7 JulyJames Murdoch announces that NOTW will close.
10 JulyRupert Murdoch flies into London to handle the crisis.
12 July – Five of the Met’s most senior officers give evidence to MPs to defend their failed investigation.
13 July – News Corporation drops bid to take full ownership of BSkyB
14 July – Former NOTW deputy editor Neil Wallis is arrested. He had been used by Met commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson as PR consultant.
15 JulyRebekah Brooks resigns.
17 JulyRebekah Brooks is arrested. Sir Paul Stephenson, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, resigns.
18 July – “Whistle-blower” Sean Hoare, the former NOTW showbiz reporter, is found dead at his home. Police say they are not treating his death as suspicious.
19 July – The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee holds a hearing with former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson, James and Rupert Murdoch and former News International executive Rebekah Brooks. All are asked about their knowledge of phone hacking, police payments, use of private detectives and the withholding of potentially damaging information from senior officials and police. During the hearing, Rupert Murdoch is attacked with a “custard pie”.

We hope this summary clarifies things a little!

A decent in-depth timeline, complete with links to the relevant news story for each event, can also be found at The Daily Telegraph’s website.