Amy Macdonald, Kate Nash & Duffy Hope For ’08 U.S. Breakthrough

Billboard profiled some female UK artists hoping to copy the success of singer/songwriters such as Amy Winehouse, KT Tunstall and Corinne Bailey Rae with American releases in 2008. “I’m always going to take it as a compliment because I’m being compared to some of the most successful women in music,” Amy Macdonald said of comparisons to fellow Scottish artist Tunstall. “But we all have our different sound.” Macdonald is set to release ‘This Is The Life’ stateside in the summer. “I’ve worked hard at this for the past five years of my life,” Macdonald said. “The good thing is that people feel they’ve discovered me for themselves.”

Kate Nash Is Writing A Children’s Book… About A Transvestite

Kate Nash tells NME she’d like to follow in Madonna’s footsteps by penning her own children’s book. “I would like to release a collection of short stories, like Roald Dahl,” the singer said. “I like the idea of people reading my stuff without necessarily knowing my music, so I might have to write under a pseudonym. That way I could get people who really hate my music loving my stories.” Nash said she has already started working on a story for kids based around a transvestite. The full story at has since been removed.

Kate Nash Discusses Trousers, Pianos & Lemons

Readers sent NME questions for Kate Nash, and the music site asked the London singer songwriter for her answers, including whether she prefers to play the guitar or piano, her favorite party food, how many lemons she ate during the ‘Foundations’ video shoot, and more.

Asked if she could be any other indie superstar, Kate said, “If I was going to be any other indie superstar, it would probably be Julian from The Strokes, or Beth Ditto.”

Asked if she wears trousers, Kate said, “No. I wear leggings. I would wear trousers if I found a pair that I thought I looked nice in. But they don’t really flatter me because I’ve got big hips.”

Responding to what she’d be doing if she weren’t a successful artist, Kate said, “I’d probably be an unsuccessful artist. I’d probably be a waitress as well.”

Does Kate prefer to play guitar or piano? “Piano,” Kate responded. “Because I can play it better, first of all, and it’s so much about feel and it’s easier to play it even if you don’t know how to play it. Whereas guitar, I’m still learning how to play guitar. I love playing guitar. I really love it, but I’m in love with grand pianos.”

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