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  1. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a bidding war between every major label, along with interest from industry heavyweights Lyor Cohen ...

  2. Weinstein Co. Teams With Yahoo to Stream Simon Cowell's Film on Opera Singer

    July 21, 2014 9:19 AM EDT In a bold move, The Weinstein Co. and Yahoo are teaming to make the Simon Cowell-produced film "One Chance" available for streaming this fall on Yahoo Screen 10 days before it begins rolling out in theaters. The British independent film, ...

  3. Heads of RCA, Republic, Atlantic, More Talk Regrets, Data vs. Heart, Austin Mahone Syndrome at New Music Seminar

    June 11, 2014 11:10 AM EDT “You would be amazed by how many people at some very high levels who are managing some very good acts who really don’t know shit," said president and COO of RCA Records Tom Corson Monday at a freewheeling New Music Seminar panel entitled “Lab ...

  4. 'Britain's Got Talent' Live Semi Pulls Low Ratings

    June 02, 2014 5:44 AM EDT The final live semifinal episode of the eighth season of Simon Cowell talent show Britain's Got Talent on ITV this weekend drew the lowest ratings for the competition this season. According to one observer, the performance also marked the low ...

  5. Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Univision Team Up to Find Ultimate Latino Boy Band

    May 13, 2014 10:07 PM EDT Univision and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment have announced the creation of a new TV show called “La Banda” (The Band), in which contestants across North and South America compete to join the ultimate Latino boy band.  Related Articles SFX ...

  6. Simon Cowell Wants His Own Version Of 'Frozen'

    May 09, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Simon Cowell is betting that "Frozen" and "Despicable Me 2" are not isolated incidents of animated films creating musical hits. This article first appeared in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . Animal Logic Entertainmen ...

  7. Bombshell 'American Idol' Lawsuit Brings Litany of Allegations Against Sony

    February 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST The legal claims from the company behind the hit reality TV show, seeking at least $10 million in damages, could ignite new controversies over whether recording artists are getting a proper share of digital income. For twelve years, "American ...

  8. Fox Cancels 'The X Factor'

    February 07, 2014 7:24 PM EST Fox has pulled the plug on "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that there will be no fourth season of the singing competition. The writing has been on the wall, given the expensive series' significant ratings declin ...

  9. 'The Voice U.K.' Audience Dips For Episode Two, Remains Ahead of Last Year's Ratings

    January 21, 2014 1:35 AM EST The ratings for the third season of 'The Voice U.K.' on the BBC continue to trend ahead of last year, even though the second episode Saturday night drew a smaller audience than the season opener.  The BBC, which has been looking to bolst ...

  10. 'The Voice U.K.' Third Season Opener Pulls Strong Ratings

    January 14, 2014 5:27 AM EST The third season opener of "The Voice U.K." on Saturday night drew much stronger ratings than the second season debut in some good news for the BBC, which has been looking to bolster the show's performance. The singing competition&# ...

  11. Paulina Rubio Sues Telemundo Over Alleged 'La Voz Kids' Snub

    January 14, 2014 2:55 AM EST Mexican pop music superstar Paulina Rubio has filed a lawsuit against Telemundo, alleging that the NBCUniversal subsidiary has reneged on a $1.325 million deal for her to star in a second season of the highly rated music competition show "La ...

  12. Simon Cowell Talks 'X Factor' Future, Format Shake-Ups

    December 17, 2013 3:25 AM EST The "X Factor" U.S. wraps its third season this week. The final three standing: duo Alex & Sierra, mentored by show creator and head judge Simon Cowell, Jeff Gutt, the last member of Kelly Rowland's team, and Carlito Olivero, co ...

  13. 'X Factor' U.S. Boosts Results at TV Unit of Simon Cowell, Sony Venture

    December 05, 2013 5:49 AM EST Fox may have seen weaker ratings at "The X Factor" this season, but the show last year boosted the financials of the TV production business of Syco Entertainment, the joint venture of Simon Cowell and Sony that produces "The X Facto ...

  14. 'X Factor' U.K. Technical Glitch Leads to Screen Blackout

    December 02, 2013 11:33 AM EST The U.K. version of the Simon Cowell-produced X Factor hit the headlines here as the sound of apologies almost drowned out the singing. ITV, the show's commercial broadcaster, apologized to viewers after technical problems caused a screen bla ...

  15. The Business Strategy Behind One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Roll-Out (From the Magazine)

    November 25, 2013 11:40 AM EST In this excerpt from our most recent issue's cover story on One Direction, Billboard's Andrew Hampp examines the many moving parts of the group's business strategy with manager Richard Griffiths, Simon Cowell and more. To read the ...

  16. ITV Renews Simon Cowell's 'X Factor,' 'Britain's Got Talent' for Three Years

    November 15, 2013 12:01 PM EST U.K. TV network giant ITV on Friday unveiled a three-year deal that will keep Simon Cowell hit shows "The X Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent" on the air. The talent shows will remain on the network through 2016. The dea ...

  17. U.K.'s ITV Pushing for Simon Cowell Return As Judge on 'X Factor'

    August 15, 2013 2:30 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster ITV is making another push to get Simon Cowell to return as a judge on the U.K. edition of "X Factor" as part of negotiations to extend the talent show's run here beyond its upcoming 10th season. A current three-y ...

  18. How Candice Glover Won 'American Idol'

    May 17, 2013 4:02 AM EDT With a flawless voice that recalled past "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson and a sense of determination after not making it in previous seasons, Candice Glover did the one thing Hudson wasn't able to do: She won the title o ...

  19. What's Next for Randy Jackson After 'American Idol'? (Analysis)

    May 09, 2013 9:19 PM EDT The goal of “American Idol,” a dozen seasons ago when it started, was to create stars out of unknowns. It did so for Simon Cowell, perhaps the most famous A&R man on the planet, who has surrounded himself with television and music projects ...

  20. Warner Music Owner Len Blavatnik, Adele, Simon Cowell Rise on U.K. 'Rich List'

    April 22, 2013 6:14 AM EDT Adele, Simon Cowell, Paul McCartney and Daniel Radcliffe are among the British entertainment industry figures who saw their fortunes rise last year, according to the annual Sunday Times Rich List. Published on Sunday by the newspaper owned by R ...

  21. 'X Factor' Update: Britney Spears' Possible Exit Isn't the Only Big Change Coming

    December 28, 2012 6:09 PM EST Days before country singer Tate Stevens was declared the winner of "X Factor's second season in the U.S., show creator and judge Simon Cowell said the show's success was owed to the younger audience it brought to Fox. In the week of ...

  22. A Britney Spears Exit From 'X Factor': How Much Would It Hurt?

    December 27, 2012 11:09 PM EST Two weeks after Antonio "L.A." Reid confirmed that the second season of the U.S. version of "The X Factor" would be his last on the judges panel, rumors of Britney Spears' exit from the show spread on Thursday (Dec. 27), f ...

  23. Report: Simon Cowell Wants Britney Spears Out of 'X Factor'

    December 27, 2012 1:30 PM EST The departures may be continuing for Simon Cowell's reality singing show "The X Factor," with Us Weekly reporting that Britney Spears and her $15 million contract will be following now-ex judge L.A. Reid out the door. "It isn&# ...

  24. What's L.A. Reid's Track Record at 'X Factor'?

    December 13, 2012 9:25 PM EST With just a week left until the second season of "X Factor" wraps, Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid has chosen to focus on his day job rather than do A&R from a seat on a television show. It's not an impru ...

  25. L.A. Reid Will Not Return for 'X Factor' Season 3

    December 13, 2012 7:20 PM EST L.A. Reid is leaving "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the reality TV judge will not be returning to the Fox series for season three. The Epic Records chairman will return to his full-time gig of running the Sony mu ...

  26. Exclusive: Pepsi Offering New 'X Factor' Winner Grammy Commercial, $5 Million Contract With Sony's Syco

    October 31, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pepsi is upping the stakes of its historic prize package for "The X Factor" by offering the Season 2 winner another $5 million record deal (this time with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment on Sony) as well as the chance to develop, ...

  27. L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato Needle Simon Cowell, Challenge Artists: 'You'd Better Be Great in First 30 Seconds'

    October 25, 2012 5:01 PM EDT L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato on stage during their Q&A with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde (right). (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde opened today's Q&A with "X Factor" judges L.A. Reid and ...

  28. 'X Factor' Names Khloe Kardashian, Mario Lopez Co-Hosts

    October 16, 2012 6:30 PM EDT "X Factor" fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Only two weeks before season two enters live shows, it has been announced that the series' co-hosts will be Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez. Both TV personalities tweeted t ...

  29. 6 Questions with Jackie Evancho

    October 15, 2012 7:10 AM EDT Every 10 years or so, classical pop artists have a major crossover breakthrough like Josh Groban, Il Divo and Andrea Bocelli. Jackie Evancho is having one of those breakthroughs. Since finishing second on NBC's "America's Got Tal ...

  30. Made In America: Did it Work?

    September 11, 2012 11:36 AM EDT The "Made In America: Did It Work?" story below examines the festival's attendance, sponsors, partnerships, marketing, bookings and branding towards determining if the eventwas a success or not and is from this week's edition o ...

  31. From This Week's Billboard: Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid Get Deep About the New 'X Factor'

    September 10, 2012 7:12 AM EDT Below is an excerpt from the cover story "The X Men" -- an in-depth interview with X Factor judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid about the second season of the show -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features ...

  32. 'X Factor': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The U.K. version of 'The X Factor' launched global stars like One Direction and Leona Lewis. Can Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid do the same thing in the U.S.? The singing competition field is crowded, to say the least. It's been 11 year ...

  33. One Direction Solves Legal Issue Over Band Name

    September 06, 2012 8:24 AM EDT One Direction, the mega-selling UK act that was put together by Simon Cowell on The X Factor, has settled a legal war over its band name. Cowell's record label, Syco Entertainment as well as Sony Music and members of the band were sued in Apr ...

  34. Are Adele, Rolling Stones, Spice Girls, Madness, George Michael, One Direction, Kate Bush and/or Muse Playing Olympics Closing Ceremony?

    August 09, 2012 8:31 AM EDT LONDON -- Kate Bush is one of the biggest music names mentioned here as a potential performer at Sunday's star-studded closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The singer's name is being bandied about in the British media alon ...

  35. Elton John, Pete Townshend, Simon Cowell, Others Call on British Prime Minister, Google to Act Against Music Piracy

    July 25, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Elton John, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend and Simon Cowell were among 11 prominent music figures who signed a letter addressed to British Prime Minister David Cameron asking Google and other search engines, Internet service providers, and online ad ...

  36. 'American Idol' Producer Hopes Jennifer Lopez Stays, But Wants New Judges Every Season

    July 23, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Nigel Lythgoe is still in negotiations to renew his deal on American Idol, but he's holding out an irrational hope that Jennifer Lopez will in fact stay with the show. Steven Tyler already has confirmed that he is leaving the show, which saw ...

  37. Post 'American Idol' -- What Lies Ahead For Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez?

    July 13, 2012 3:42 PM EDT An old saying contends houseguests and fish last about three days. Swap out days for TV seasons and it appears destined to apply to singing competition judges as well. Steven Tyler announced Thursday (July 12) he would not return to "American ...

  38. 'American Idol' at Crossroads Following Steven Tyler's Exit

    July 13, 2012 8:36 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "American Idol" is on the brink of an adolescent identity crisis. Judge Steven Tyler is leaving and taking his naughty rock star vibe with him, fellow judge Jennifer Lopez is dithering about staying put, and ratings f ...

  39. Steven Tyler Quits 'American Idol'

    July 12, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Steven Tyler is leaving "American Idol" after a two-season run as judge, Fox announced today (July 12). "After some long, hard thoughts, I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress 'American Idol' befo ...

  40. Adam Lambert in Talks With 'American Idol' to Judge Season 12 (Report)

    July 09, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Prepare for a possible shake-up at the American Idol: Adam Lambert, season-eight runner-up, could join the judges' table for the 12th edition of the Fox competition. For the moment, the singer and the show are in the talking stage, E! News re ...

  41. Kelly Clarkson Passes Carrie Underwood for All-Time Best-Selling Single by an American Idol

    July 05, 2012 8:09 AM EDT Carrie Underwood may have recorded "Independence Day," but it is Kelly Clarkson who made American Idol history yesterday, July 4, as the latest sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan confirm her current hit, "Stronger (What Doesn' ...

  42. 'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips

    June 11, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Today, June 11, 2012, marks the tenth anniversary of "American Idol," and in that time the music competition TV program has racked up some jaw-dropping numbers: Many episodes have drawn over 30 million viewers; and a record-setting numbe ...

  43. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concerts Draws UK's Largest TV Audience Year To Date, Beats Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent''

    June 05, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's sixty-year reign was the UK's highest rated TV program this year. (Getty) The BBC said Tuesday that it drew the biggest British TV audience of the year ...

  44. 'X Factor': Can Britney Spears and Demi Lovato Make a Hot Show Even Hotter?

    May 14, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Before introducing Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as the new judges on "The X Factor" at the Beacon Theater in New York, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly took a shot at the competition, NBC's "The Voice." After hav ...

  45. It's Official: Britney Spears, Demi Lovato Confirmed As 'X Factor' Judges

    May 14, 2012 4:57 PM EDT Here Come the Judges (from left): Antonio "LA" Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records; Britney Spears; Demi Lovato; and Simon Cowell, whose Syco company produces "X Factor" Following months of speculation, Fox has finally ann ...

  46. 'Glee' Moves to Thursday; Britney Spears, Demi Lovato 'X Factor' Announcement Expected

    May 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT "Glee" is being moved to Thursday from Tuesdays where it will follow "The X Factor" in the fall and "American Idol" in the spring. 'Glee' Music Honcho Adam Anders Responds to Gotye's Cover Criticism Fox ...

  47. Britney Spears Locked In For 'X Factor'? Fox Offers 'No Comment'

    May 09, 2012 7:24 PM EDT Following months of speculation, E! says it has confirmed that Britney Spears has finally signed her contract to be a judge on the sophomore season of Fox's "X Factor." When contacted by Billboard.biz, a spokesperson for the show re ...

  48. One Direction Gets Global Toy Deal With Hasbro; Lee 'Scratch' Perry Has His Own Figurine

    May 08, 2012 4:09 PM EDT Artists of all ages and genres are getting into the toy business, as near-polar opposites such as boy band One Direction and influential reggae and dub artist Lee "Scratch" Perry are both getting dolls. Simon Cowell's Record Label S ...

  49. Eurovision or Euroderision? The UK's Engelbert Humperdinck Has A Plan

    May 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Engelbert Humperdinck's Plan To Transcend The Eurovision Song Competition Englebert Humperdinck, 76, is the U.K.'s Eurovision Song Contest entrant and the competition's oldest male . The 57th annual Eurovision Song Contest's gr ...

  50. Yes, There Are 2 One Directions on This Week's Charts

    April 24, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Your eyes aren't deceiving you. There are two different groups named One Direction on the Billboard charts this week. While the U.K. pop quintet is at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with Up All Night (66,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan; d ...

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