1. 'X Factor' U.K. Season Debut Ratings Rise

    August 31, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Simon Cowell's return as a judge boosts the ITV show above its 2013 and 2012 premiere figures. The season opener of The X Factor in the U.K. drew stronger overnight ratings than the last two seasons' debut episodes as Simon Cowell returned as a judge on the ITV show for the first…

  2. Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

    August 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT A Spice Girl will join the creator as he returns to the ITV show after its U.S. cancellation The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in what will be its 11th season. U.S. Version of…

  3. Life of Sugar Hill Records' Sylvia Robinson Heading to Big Screen

    August 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson was considered the mother of hip-hop. Paula Wagner , the producer who has been working on Broadway projects since splitting with former partner Tom Cruise, has acquired the film rights to the life story of the singer considered the mother of hip-hop: Sylvia Robinson .…

  4. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  5. British 'X Factor' Coming to U.S. TV Screens

    August 06, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Simon Cowell is coming back to U.S. TV — and reuniting with Ryan Seacrest . AXS TV, the music-focused network created by Mark Cuban and Seacrest — has inked an agreement with FremantleMedia International and Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Thames TV to broadcast season 11 of The X Factor…

  6. Guvera Follows Spotify, Others Into Asia

    July 31, 2014 12:11 PM EDT Guvera, an Australia-based music streaming service that's fallen behind its competitors, has considerably expanded its presence in Asia. According to a report at The Next Web , Guvera has expanded to Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. Until it launched in Indonesia in…

  7. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  8. Simon Cowell's Lucky Streak Rolls On

    July 13, 2014 11:37 PM EDT Life is good these days for Simon Cowell. "America's Got Talent," which he created and produces, reigns as summer's top-rated program and was renewed Sunday for a 10th season by NBC. It's part of a "Got Talent" franchise seen in 62 countries which, according…

  9. BOY/FRIEND, 'I Do That': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 10, 2014 12:30 PM EDT BOY/FRIEND has garnered attention for his seductive songwriting and soundscapes. With two projects under his belt – "Leather Weather" and "Leather Weather Worldwide: The Remixes" – the unsigned R&B artist is prepping his sophomore EP, "Low Key." BOY/FRIEND is…

  10. Erykah Badu Reunites with Dave Chappelle at Radio City: Live Review

    June 28, 2014 5:21 PM EDT How many nights could Dave Chappelle have sold out Radio City Music Hall? In his first big-theater New York gig since his much-analyzed exit from The Chappelle Show in 2005, tickets for the first five nights went so quickly he added four more, this time with a different musical star sharing…

  11. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 11:38 AM EDT The hip-hop mogul looks to "reintegrate Hollywood" Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is…

  12. Spice Girl Mel B Joining 'X Factor' U.K.

    June 11, 2014 9:04 AM EDT Former Spice Girl Mel B has been named as the fourth judge for the 11th season of the "X Factor" U.K. Mel B told the U.K. press she is "so excited" to be joining the show. She reportedly signed a deal worth $1.67  million (£1 million). The 39-year-old signer served as a…

  13. Austin Mahone Rejects Crazy Managers in 'Funny Or Die' Video: Watch

    May 20, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Ever wonder how a artist management deal goes down in fancy record label office?  Probably not like this -- in a brand new "Funny or Die" sketch, Austin Mahone listens to the pitch of two prospective managers (Paul Scheer and Mel Cowan) who pledge to get Mahone neck tattoos and brag…

  14. Fantasy Girl Group Draft 2014: Vote For The Best Dream Lineup

    April 30, 2014 5:39 PM EDT The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of girl group members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team! After the Billboard.com team conducted the first-ever Fantasy Boy Band Draft last summer in an effort to piece together the best five-person group of…

  15. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  16. Madonna to Direct New Film, 'Ade: A Love Story'

    March 25, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Madonna is getting back into the director’s chair. The performer, who last directed 2011’s stylish period romance "W.E.," is attached to direct "Ade: A Love Story," an adaptation of the debut novel by Rebecca Walker. Bruce Cohen is producing the indie adaptation via his…

  17. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  18. Tracy Lawrence Talks Running a Label, Films Steamy Video for 'Lie' Single

    March 13, 2014 4:20 PM EDT At the recent Country Radio Seminar, a couple of weeks back, you could find country performers ranging from Hall of Famer Mel Tillis to newcomer Danielle Bradbery making the rounds, visiting with the taste makers at radio. One such artist who was visiting with old friends during the week was…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Mark Box Talks 'Fields of Home' EP

    March 12, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Country newcomer Mark Box knows there is at least one person who is not a huge fan of at least one of the songs on his new release: his mother. "My mom doesn't like the song 'The Man My Mama Tried To Raise' too much," he says with a laugh. "She said 'For one…

  20. Kanye West Names Those Behind 'Coinye West' Cryptocurrency

    March 11, 2014 8:06 PM EDT This week, the digerati went nuts over Newsweek's controversial claims to have identified and located the creator of Bitcoin, Dorian Nakamoto. Meanwhile, Kanye West has been doing his own hunting. In January, the hip-hop superstar sued those allegedly responsible for the cryptocurrency …

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