Archive for September, 2009

When threesomes don’t count…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It’s the day before the official US release of the Britney book, and I’m trying desperately hard to maintain a PR focus and ignore the distractions, namely MacKenzie Phillips and Sarah Palin.

An October release for Britney: Inside the Dream was always going to make me a PR underdog and, sure enough, the media is pre-occupied with (more…)

Now what for Britney?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

So, after seven months on the road, back and forth between America and Europe, ‘The Circus starring Britney Spears’ played its last show in Vegas at the weekend. There’ll be a one month break and then she’ll tackle a few dates in Oz.

But the grand illusions and apparatus surrounding this circus-like spectacle are packing up from the main run, taking the clowns, the jugglers and trapeze artists with them. And leaving only one giant elephant in the room; (more…)

A thirst for revelation

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

I had one of those hold-head-in-hands moments the other day when a reporter asked: “Are there any MacKenzie Phillips-style revelations in your Britney book?” As if one seedy, Jerry Springer-esque confession maketh the great read and defines a book’s promotion.

The media’s thirst for dirty revelation seems, nowadays, to be the only measure of a book’s PR worth unless you’re an A-list celebrity with an autobiography or a top-name shoe-in for best-selling fiction. (more…)

An Access Hollywood question

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

“You’re clearly quite a fan of Britney’s aren’t you?” asked the interviewer.

Of all the questions I thought I’d never get asked in life, this ranks high; especially when the said question is asked on camera, recording my answer for NBC’s Access Hollywood.

I wanted to protest and hold up my Deacon Blue collection, and play tunes from my iPod that testified to a genuine admiration for all things Coldplay, Rod Stewart, Missy Higgins and Death Cab for Cutie. (And, once, an inexplicable following of Howard Jones). But the cameras were rolling – and this was all (more…)

Record-breaker? Big deal

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Roy Castle would be blowing his trumpet for record-breaker Britney Spears. She’s going into the Guinness Book of Records 2010 as the youngest female artist in history to have five No.1 albums on the back of ‘Circus’.

One can almost hear her team and label’s joy, and the fans will be cooing about this great achievement. This record is even more remarkable when one considers the depths from which she’s had to fight back and prove herself again. But aside from all the brouhaha, I cannot help but (more…)

Preparing for US lift-off…

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I never quite did get over the fact that the Britney book trailed Jeremy Kyle in the UK best-seller’s chart. And don’t even get me started on the neck-and-neck race with 100 Top Baby Purees by Annabel Karmel.

I’ll simply express gratitude for a consistent place in the top 20 hardback non-fiction in a competitive market. Now, attention switches to the US where (more…)

A Convenient History?

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I remember when William Shawcross viewed with some consternation the decision by Penguin to publish butler Paul Burrell’s book A Royal Duty in 2003. I’ll keep private his expressed disapproval but, suffice it to say, his attitude mirrored many within the great and the good: ’How very dare they!’

Six years on, the upper-crust Mr Shawcross has now released the great tome he started back then: an official biography on (more…)

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