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  1. Latin Music Gets It's Own 'Voice'

    September 08, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Televisa's 'La Voz' applies 'The Voice' formula to Mexico Months before the Sept. 11 debut of "La Voz Mexico," executives from Mexican TV network Televisa and Universal Music Group were already having meetings ab ...

  2. Zubin Metha Cecilia Bartoli, Rolando Villazon Among Germany's Echo Classical Music Award Winners

    September 02, 2011 7:45 AM EDT The final winners of Germany's 18th annual Echo Classical Music Awards Echo have been announced. Among the 58 award-winners in 21 categories are Italian soprano Cecilia Bartoli, Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón, British pianist Murray Perahia a ...

  3. Simon Cowell Breaks Silence on 'X Factor' Lawsuit, Slams 'Idol' Creator

    August 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Simon Cowell has some choice words for American Idol creator Simon Fuller: Keep your hands off "The X Factor." Cowell is finally responding to the lawsuit filed in July by Fuller against Fox and producer Fremantle claiming Fuller is owed ...

  4. Adam Lambert Splits With 'Idol' Manager 19 Entertainment

    August 05, 2011 10:44 PM EDT Adam Lambert is parting ways with 19 Entertainment, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. The "American Idol" runner-up from season 8 is signing with Direct Management Group, whose client roster includes Katy Perry, K.D. Lang and The Go-Go ...

  5. 'X Factor' Grand Prize Changed: Winner Gets $5 Million in Cash, Record Deal

    August 05, 2011 3:08 PM EDT Fox's "The X Factor" has altered its grand prize. The winner receives $5 million in cash in addition to a Syco/Sony Music recording contract rather than a deal worth $5 million, judge and show producer Simon Cowell said Friday durin ...

  6. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller Sues Fox Over 'X Factor' Fees

    July 20, 2011 1:20 PM EDT TV's most-watched show exploded into litigation today as "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller sued Fox claiming he should be paid a rich fee for the upcoming Simon Cowell competition show "The X Factor." According to a law ...

  7. 'American Idol' Vs. 'The Voice': Who Won the Billboard Chart Battle?

    July 07, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Which TV reality singing competition made a bigger impact with music consumers this season, Fox's venerable "American Idol" or NBC's upstart "The Voice"? Let's take a look at the numbers logged by both "Idol ...

  8. 'American Idol's' Pia Toscano Signs With Interscope Records

    July 05, 2011 7:39 PM EDT "American Idol's" Pia Toscano has officially signed a recording contract with Interscope Records, THR has confirmed. She will release her debut single, "This Time," on July 12 and perform the song as part of her set during ...

  9. 'The Voice' Finalists Planning Albums

    June 30, 2011 7:54 AM EDT Three of the four finalists on NBC's "The Voice" are already making plans to start recording albums prior to a six-city tour that starts July 27 in Los Angeles at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Winner Javier Colon, who had been dropped by ...

  10. Javier Colon Wins NBC Singing Competition 'The Voice'

    June 29, 2011 9:43 PM EDT "The Voice" crowned its inaugural winner on Wednesday's final results show. But before it did, the finalists performed duets with some famous guests, including Stevie Nicks and coach Blake Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert. It wa ...

  11. NBC's 'The Voice' Plans Summer Concert Tour (Without Coaches)

    June 27, 2011 7:27 PM EDT Like "American Idol" before it, NBC's hit music competition show "The Voice" has a tour in the works featuring the show's eight finalists --Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, Javier Colon, Nakia, Xenia, ...

  12. New Exhibit Traces History of Latin Music at Hollywood Bowl

    June 17, 2011 5:00 PM EDT The program of a 1945 "Latin-American Fiesta" starring Desi Arnaz, concert photos of Yma Sumac, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, and videos of current Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel are included in an exhibition spotlighti ...

  13. 'American Idol' Draft Contracts Reveal Big Paydays for Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina

    May 26, 2011 3:07 PM EDT Scotty McCreery can thank a fourth judge for clearing his path to becoming the latest "American Idol" - one who didn't have to critique his singing. A Los Angeles judge approved a minor's contract establishing financial protect ...

  14. Scotty McCreery Wins 'American Idol' Season 10

    May 25, 2011 10:37 PM EDT Scotty McCreery, whose deep, syrupy voice has been compared to the likes of Josh Turner, was crowned season 10's "American Idol" on Wednesday's (May 25) finale. Seventeen-year-old McCreery defeated fellow teenaged country singe ...

  15. Seacrest: Record Vote For 'American Idol' Finale

    May 25, 2011 8:56 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest says the "American Idol" contest between two teenage country singers drew a record number of votes. More than 122 million votes were cast for Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, "American Idol" host Seacrest said a ...

  16. Carrie Underwood Surpasses Kelly Clarkson as Biggest 'Idol' Earner

    May 19, 2011 8:24 PM EDT Simon Cowell predicted it during season 4 and in 2011 it came true -- Carrie Underwood is now officially "American Idol's" top earner, surpassing season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson. In the new issue of the Hollywood Reporter, which feat ...

  17. Cee Lo Green: 'The Voice' Judges Will Be Back for Season Two

    May 19, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Before NBC's hit singing competition "The Voice" kicks off its finals phase and transitions to live broadcasts beginning June 7, Cee Lo Green tells Billboard.com that he and the other judges -- Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and ...

  18. 'X-Factor' Airtimes Announced; Is Two and a Half Hours a Week Too Much?

    May 16, 2011 11:01 AM EDT Fox has given "The X Factor" the odd running time of 90 minutes and positioned it at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning this fall the network announced Monday morning. An hourlong results show will be aired Thursdays. "The X Factor&quo ...

  19. NARM's Jim Donio On Today's Music Business: 'It's Not For The Faint of Heart'

    May 11, 2011 7:52 AM EDT The 2011 NARM convention kicked off at the Hyatt Century City on Monday, drawing an estimated 1,000 registrants to its lineup of panels, performances and networking opportunities galore. Over the years, the confab of the National Association of Re ...

  20. Paula Abdul Officially Joins Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'

    May 08, 2011 10:33 PM EDT After months of speculation , Paula Abdul has finally confirmed that she will join Simon Cowell's "X Factor" as the fourth and final judge. Along with Cowell and previously announced judges Cheryl Cole and Antonio "L.A." R ...

  21. 'Idol Puerto Rico' Launching in July

    May 03, 2011 3:22 PM EDT Puerto Rico will launch its own version of "American Idol," titled "Idol Puerto Rico," in July. The show, which will be produced locally by television station Wapa TV and FremantleMedia, will feature as judges singer/songwriter ...

  22. Ryan Seacrest Preps Music Show for NBC; Promises It Won't Compete With 'Idol'

    May 02, 2011 10:00 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest is in early talks with NBC to do a music themed show. Unlike "American Idol," the Ryan Seacrest Productions project is not a traditional competition show, nor is it clear that Seacrest would serve as host. At this stage, th ...

  23. Phoebe Snow, 'Poetry Man' Singer, Dead at 58

    April 26, 2011 11:48 AM EDT P hoebe Snow , a bluesy singer, guitarist and songwriter who had a defining hit of the 1970s with "Poetry Man" but then largely dropped out of the spotlight to care for her disabled daughter, has died. Snow, who was nominated for best ne ...

  24. David Cook to Headline NARM Awards Dinner

    April 25, 2011 9:21 PM EDT David Cook adds another event to his agenda in the weeks leading up to the release of his much anticipated second album. The "American Idol" season 7 winner will headline the NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) Convent ...

  25. Jennifer Lopez Shops Musical Competition to TV Networks: Report

    April 21, 2011 4:06 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has joined forces with "American Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller and his company, XIX Entertainment, for a new musical competition. They are shopping a reality series, tentatively titled "Que Viva,&q ...

  26. 'American Idol' Executive Producer Says Show Will Change Voting Next Season

    April 20, 2011 3:49 PM EDT "American Idol" producers will discuss changes to the voting process at the end of this season, but will not tweak the process this year. Executive producer Ken Warwick said the producers will consider limiting the number of text votes a ...

  27. Hollywood Publicist Gene Shefrin Dead at 90

    April 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Former Hollywood publicist Gene Shefrin, who represented Don Rickles, Guy Lombardo and Dick Clark during a career spanning 42 years, has died after a battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 90. Shefrin died in his sleep on April 6 in Encinita ...

  28. 50 Cent To Make UNICEF Donation In Wake Of Gadhafi Gig

    March 09, 2011 12:49 PM EST Cent is the latest artist to make a donation to charity after it was revealed he performed at an event linked to the clan of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A statement released to The Associated Press on Wednesday said the rapper, who has his o ...

  29. Blake Shelton Joins NBC's 'The Voice' As Judge

    March 07, 2011 4:00 PM EST Country singer Blake Shelton has been cast as the fourth judge and coach on NBC's singing competition show "The Voice." Shelton will be on a weekly panel with Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine. Shelton is among countr ...

  30. Beyonce, Usher, Furtado's Gigs For Gadhafi Raise The Question: Which Private Shows Are Unethical?

    March 02, 2011 3:32 PM EST Moammar Gadhafi (Photo: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images) As revenues from recorded music and other sectors dwindle, corporate and private shows are welcome income for artists at all levels. But given the negative publicity artists including Beyonce, Ma ...

  31. Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5's Adam Levine Join NBC's 'The Voice'

    February 28, 2011 5:14 PM EST It's official: Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine have joined NBC's new musical competition series, "The Voice," from Mark Burnett. The musicians will act as two of the four coaches on the show, which launches wi ...

  32. Janelle Monae Honored at Essence Magazine's Grammy Week Celebration: Photo Gallery

    February 10, 2011 1:44 PM EST Essence magazine held court Feb. 9 at Playhouse Hollywood for its second annual Black Women in Music celebration honoring Janelle Monae for her "vision, creativity, artistry and style," in the words of Essence.com managing editor Emil Wi ...

  33. Roster Music Launches In Spain

    January 27, 2011 2:38 PM EST Ricardo Campoy, the former president of Spanish indie label Vale Music has launched a new independent label in Spain. Roster Music, which opened its doors earlier this month, will initially be focused on what Campoy calls "pop dance," mu ...

  34. Adam Lambert Signs Admin Deal With Kobalt

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Kobalt Music Group has signed Adam Lambert to a worldwide administration deal, a rep for the company told Billboard today. The "American Idol" runner-up co-wrote a number of songs on his most recent album, including "Pick You Up ...

  35. Universal Partners With 'American Idol' Rival 'The Voice Of...'

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a recording and services deal with the producers of a new television singing competition "The Voice Of ...," which launches in the United States this spring to rival the popular "American Idol" ...

  36. 'American Idol': Behind the Scenes of TV's Big Gamble

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST There's a saying in the music business that you're only as good as your last hit. If that were true of television, then American Idol might have been dropped after last season. With falling ratings, to the tune of 9 percent, lack of star ...

  37. 8 Big Changes Coming to 'American Idol'

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST New judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler aren't the only changes in store for the 10th season of "American Idol," premiering Jan. 19 on Fox. 1. UPDATED SET The set is undergoing substantial modification, including the location of ...

  38. Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson Go Back Home in New 'Idol' Winners Special

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST All nine "American Idol" winners, from Kelly Clarkson to Lee DeWyze, traveled to their hometowns and reflected on what life has been like since being crowned America's favorite singer on "AI: Welcome Home," a special that ...

  39. Bowersox Bonnaroo Bound?

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST We knew from the moment Crystal Bowersox hit our TV screens last January that she wasn't your typical American Idol contestant. With an acoustic guitar -- signed by one of her heroes, Melissa Etheridge -- slung over her shoulder like an old b ...

  40. Jackson, Boyle, Swift Battling For No. 1 On Next Week's Chart

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week is seemingly up for grabs, as three albums are possibly vying for the penthouse. Michael Jackson's new posthumous "Michael" set may move around 200,000 to 225,000 by week� ...

  41. 'American Idol' Moves from Hollywood to Las Vegas

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" has lost its mean streak. The hit Fox television show once exalted equally for its sensational singing and cutting criticism is embracing a softer approach this year, following the exit of top villain Simon Cowell and t ...

  42. NBC, Mark Burnett to Launch 'Idol' Rival

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST NBC is teaming with Mark Burnett and John de Mol to launch a new singing competition program that takes aim at Fox's American Idol and its upcoming series The X Factor. The broadcaster has acquired the rights to The Voice of Holland, a format ...

  43. Chart Outlook: Susan Boyle’s ‘Gift’ Likely to Remain No. 1 Next Week

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Though a hefty number of blockbuster new albums reached the marketplace on Nov. 16, none of them look like they'll topple Susan Boyle's "The Gift" from No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry prognosticators suggest that ...

  44. Justin Bieber Interested in Judging 'X Factor,' Says Simon Cowell

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Teen pop star Justin Bieber may be busy selling out arenas on his My World 2.0 tour and hyping his autobiography, "First Step 2 Forever: My Story," but according to former American Idol judge Simon Cowell, the 16-year-old has additional ...

  45. Songwriters Today 'Pretty Awful' Says Elton John

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elton John described today's songwriters as "pretty awful," pop music as uninspiring and talent shows like "American Idol" as boring in an interview published on Tuesday (Oct. 19). The 63-year-old singer of "Your Song ...

  46. Web Trends: Conan O'Brien, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and more

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. Top 10 Most Embarrassing TV-Show Guest Appearances by Musicians 2. Anyone can sing with Auto-tune [VID] 3. Conan O'Brien channels ...

  47. Web Trends: Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and more

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. The 5 Most Bogus Rapper Apologies 2. Why Justin Timberlake And His Social Network Co-Stars Deserve Oscars YouTube Most Viewed 24 Hours: ...

  48. Web Trends: Mariah Carey, My Chemical Romance, Michael Bublé, 50 Cent and more

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): There are no music trending topics at this time. YouTube Most Viewed 24 Hours: 1. Mariah Carey - LG Live at the Singapore Grand Prix 2010, 26 Sep'10 - Make it Happen 2. SunnyD and Rum - The Pop Single 3. Mariah Care ...

  49. Web Trends: Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Britney, 'Glee' and more

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. 15 Fun & Bizarre Facts About Kanye West (Infographic) 2. A Tribute to Deliverances Banjo Player 3. The 27 Club: Death of a Rockstar ...

  50. Web Trends: 'America's Got Talent,' Kanye West, Taylor Swift and more

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 10. Michael Grimm "America's Got Talent" Grimm won "America's Got Talent" last night (Sept. 15) with a performance of Michael Bolton's "When a Man Loves a Woman." 12. Jackie E ...

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