The X Factor

  1. '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 ...

  2. Hot U.K. Boy Band JLS Scores Its Fifth No. 1 Single, but Has Yet to Achieve Stateside Success

    August 05, 2011 12:37 PM EDT U.K. boy band JLS is enjoying a perfect start to its third album campaign. The four-piece pop group, which finished second during the 2008 season of Simon Cowell's music talent TV show "The X Factor," scored its fifth U.K. No. 1 t ...

  3. Pepsi to Feature 'X Factor' Winner in Super Bowl Ad

    August 05, 2011 11:12 AM EDT A significant new element to Pepsi's sponsorship of " The X Factor " has raised the stakes for contestants on the Fox singing competition show: The soft-drink giant says it will feature the winner in a Pepsi TV ad that will air duri ...

  4. 'The X Factor' Winner and Finalists to be Managed by Front Line

    August 03, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Irving Azoff's Front Line Management will manage winners and finalists of "The X Factor" U.S., The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The partnership between Front Line, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, and Simon Cowell's ...

  5. '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 ...

  6. L.A. Reid's First Week at Epic Has Some Staffers Feeling 'Energized'

    July 12, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Doug Morris has yet to actually occupy his newly minted seat as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment (word is he's in Europe until the 15th), but he's made his presence known via an introductory memo sent to staff on July 6 promising to " ...

  7. 'The X Factor': Chevrolet Named Official Car Sponsor

    June 10, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Fox, Syco Television and FremantleMedia announced this week that Chevrolet will be the official car sponsor of the upcoming fall reality competition series "The X Factor." "Fox is thrilled to partner with Chevrolet, an iconic Americ ...

  8. Nicole Scherzinger To Replace Cheryl Cole As 'The X Factor' Judge: Report

    May 25, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger will replace Cheryl Cole as a judge on "The X Factor" show that will debut this fall on Fox, according to a report on TMZ.com. Concern about Cole's thick accent led to her being dropped from the panel of judges. A ...

  9. '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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Will 4th Judge For 'X Factor' Be Paula Abdul?

    May 06, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Taping for the new Fox singing contest "X Factor" is scheduled to start Sunday. But only three of the expected four judges have been announced. While the clock is ticking, the identity of the show's fourth judge, though widely expec ...

  12. Simon Cowell Tops Mick Jagger, Sting In UK music Rich List

    May 04, 2011 10:29 PM EDT "The X Factor" and former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell jumped to number 6 in the British music rich list in 2011 after his fortune hit 200 million pounds ($330 million), Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said on Thurs ...

  13. L.A. Reid Confirms That He'll Announce A New Label Gig 'In A Little While'

    April 13, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Even though he's signed on as a judge on Simon Cowell's "X Factor," it's unlikely that anyone thought L.A. Reid, who left his post at the helm of Island Def Jam last month, would be out of the music business for long. And ...

  14. Fergie Joins 'X Factor' Contenders As Producers Have 'Nightly Arguments,' Simon Cowell Says

    April 08, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie is in the running for a judge's spot on the upcoming U.S. version of "The X Factor," but creator Simon Cowell said on Thursday that producers were still juggling dozens of names for the TV talent show. ...

  15. Fox Confirms L.A. Reid As 'X Factor' Judge

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Fox has confirmed that L.A. Reid will judge Simon Cowell's "X Factor." Reid resigned as chairman of Island Def Jam earlier this week. Reid is also expected to land a position at Sony Music, which houses Cowell's Syco Records, t ...

  16. Read: L.A. Reid's Farewell Letter To The Island Def Jam Staff

    March 17, 2011 11:21 AM EDT In the wake of yesterday's news that Antonio "L.A." Reid will be leaving his post at Island Def Jam to become a judge on Simon Cowell's "X Factor" (and possibly to join his old boss Doug Morris at Sony), Billboard.biz ...

  17. Christina Aguilera to Join Twitter for 'The Voice'

    March 15, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Christina Aguilera says she will finally start tweeting. Having famously avoided typing her thoughts in 140-character bits, Aguilera said Tuesday while promoting NBC's "The Voice" that she "will join Twitter in honor of the sho ...

  18. 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" ...

  19. '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 ...

  20. Simon Cowell Switches From Coke ('American Idol') to Pepsi ('X-Factor') Sponsorship

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is now a Pepsi man. The U.S. version of The X Factor, which Cowell's Syco Television produces with FremantleMedia North America, has inked a deal with the soft-drink maker to become an official sponsor of the singing competition, ...

  21. Take That, 'X Factor' Winner Matt Cardle Top U.K. Charts

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) added another 430,000 sales last week, according to the Official Chart Company, to continue its reign on the final U.K. album chart of 2010. "X Factor" winner Matt Cardle's & ...

  22. Simon Cowell Says 'X-Factor' Will Discover the Next Bob Marley, Dylan, Jack White

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. version of The X-Factor just wrapped its seventh season, crowning Essex native Matt Cardle its latest winner, and now eyes officially turn to its next go-round: a U.S. premiere in September 2011. To no one's surprise, pretty much all ...

  23. 'X Factor' Winner Earns No. 1 U.K. Christmas Song Beating Out John Cage's '4'13' and Trashmen's 'Surfin' Bird'

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That maintained their album chart supremacy on the U.K.'s last sales charts before the holiday, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) added 330,000 new sales to take its five-week total to 1.44m. Matt Cardle, who won the Dec. 12 fi ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Artist Vs. Label: From Petty to Nelly, Ten Infamous Music Industry Spats

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST When rapper Nelly took to Twitter on Monday (Nov. 29) to vent about lackluster sales of his latest album, "5.0," he blamed his label, thereby joining a long, distinguished line of embittered artists who've taken their record compani ...

  26. Take That Sales Top 700,000 In 2 Weeks

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That 's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart, while the now-annual charity song by the finalists of this year's "X Factor," a cover of David Bowie 's &quo ...

  27. Simon Cowell Honored At International Emmys

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST British music impresario and prickly former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell received an honorary International Emmy award at the annual prizes for television produced outside the United States. Britain won five of the competitive priz ...

  28. Paula Abdul To Launch Casting Website

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Step Inside. Be Discovered. That is the tag line of online discovery platform AuditionBooth, co-founded by former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul to connect aspiring talents with casting directors, producers and managers. A beta test s ...

  29. Take That Tops 500,000 In First Week

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That made a century's-best debut atop the U.K. album chart, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) recorded the biggest first-week sales for any album in the market for 13 years, according to the Official Charts Company. Meanwhile, ...

  30. Take That, Cheryl Cole Added To Royal Variety Performance Bill

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That and U.K. solo star Cheryl Cole are among the music acts set to perform at this year's Royal Variety Performance, held at the London Palladium, Dec. 9. Performing alongside Take That and Cheryl Cole, whose sophomore studio set " ...

  31. BACKBEAT: ASCAP Presents...Women Behind the Music With Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona, Sheila E., And More!

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP held its second annual ASCAP Presents . . . Women Behind the Music series in Atlanta on Oct. 12 , New York on Oct. 14 and Los Angeles on Oct. 27 . The series, designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, highlighted not ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. ITV Renews 'X Factor' To 2013

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. TV network ITV has agreed a new, three-year deal for "The X Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent" with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and production company Fremantle Media. As part of the renewal, the broadcaste ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Web Trends: Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne and more

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4 p.m.): 13. Kanye West album cover Controversy has started over Kanye's album cover for his new album. His record label, Def Jam, has asked him not to use the picture of an angel having sex with a bear man because they w ...

  36. Thousands Join U.K. 'X Factor' Facebook Protest

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The final 12 contestants for the 2010 series of Simon Cowell's U.K. music talent show "The X Factor" were unveiled this weekend, with the judges’ decisions provoking a number of online protests throughout the United Kingdom. The mos ...

  37. Take That's Williams, Barlow Reunite For Charity

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow have performed live together for the first time in 15 years, singing their new single "Shame" at a charity concert in London to raise money for British soldiers. The pair were members of the chart-topping ...

  38. Kara DioGuardi Departs American Idol

    September 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ending weeks of speculation, Kara DioGuardi and Fox announced late Friday that she would be departing as a judge on "American Idol" after two seasons. A statement released by Fox was full of accolades for DioGuardi, perhaps to counteract ...

  39. No Autotuning Here, Say 'American Idol' producers

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell has gone from "American Idol" judge to a potential headache for the show. A furor over whether Cowell's British talent show "The X Factor" electronically altered contestant voices has prompted "American I ...

  40. U.K. 'X Factor' Bans Auto-Tune

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. edition of Simon Cowell's music talent show "The X Factor" has announced that auto-tuning software will not be used on contestants' voices in future. Earlier this week, "X Factor" bosses came under fire from ...

  41. Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow Duet Receives U.K. Premiere

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reunited band mates Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow turned back the clock today (Aug. 26) when the Take That pair gave their first joint interview in 15 years on national Top 40 network BBC Radio 1. Radio 1 also gave the world premiere to the Will ...

  42. 'X Factor' Admits To Autotune, Australian Host Out

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The seventh U.K. series of Simon Cowell's music talent show "The X Factor" opened with ratings of 11.1 million on ITV1, up on the 9.9 million for the first show last year. But today (Aug. 23) all the attention has been on more negat ...

  43. 'X Factor' Returns With A Spice Girl

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "The X Factor" returns to ITV1 in the U.K. on Saturday (Aug. 21) and the channel will be hoping ratings for the first episode of the seventh series top the impressive 9.9 million for last year's opener. Viewers will see a few change ...

  44. Green Day Teams With Gang Green In Jets' Opener

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gang Green and Green Day are ready to play together. The New York Jets said Friday the band will play during their regular-season opener Sept. 13. The Jets face the Baltimore Ravens in the Monday night game at New Meadowlands Stadium. Green Day wi ...

  45. 'Idol' Judge Kara 'Disappointed' By Fox Silence

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi's father, a Republican U.S. Senate contender in New York, says the songwriter is getting the silent treatment from Fox about her rumored axing from the show. "Would you believe she did not h ...

  46. 7 Reasons Fox Hasn’t Signed An 'Idol' Judge

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell declared he's leaving "American Idol" back in January. Now it's a few weeks before the "Idol" judging panel goes before the cameras on the show's audition trail, and there's still no replacement ...

  47. Nick Cannon: Mariah Wants To Be 'Idol' Judge

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard sister publication the Hollywood Reporter spoke today with Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey's husband, about his just extended term as chairman of the teens-only TeenNick network, his hosting duties of NBC's "America's Got T ...

  48. Business Matters: Simon Cowell, S-Curve, Eminem and more

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Simon Cowell Using SEO To Improve Image? -- Is Simon Cowell using search engine optimization (SEO) to improve his image? From the NY Daily News: “Cowell's U.K. spokeswoman Ann-Marie ...

  49. Seacrest: Could Be Weeks Before 'Idol' Judges Set

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest says it could be weeks before the guessing game over the show's new judges comes to an end. At auditions for the Fox TV singing contest Tuesday in East Rutherford, N.J., Seacrest said he didn' ...

  50. Robbie Williams To Headline U.K. Armed Forces Concert

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams is to headline a fundraising charity concert at Twickenham Stadium, Sept. 12, in honor of the British Armed Forces. James Blunt, Alexandra Burke, Pixie Lott, Plan B and U.K. girl band The Saturdays are also confirmed to perform at ...

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