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  1. Fox Couldn't Talk DeGeneres Into Staying On 'Idol'

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ellen DeGeneres couldn't be talked into staying with "American Idol," a Fox executive said Monday, creating a second opening for change in the show's 10th season. Who will fill her judge's chair and the one vacated by Simo ...

  2. Simon Cowell Being Sued By 'Talent' Contestant

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell's name is in the dock as the world's favorite nasty judge finds himself being sued for £2.5 million ($3.8 million) by a former contestant on the U.K. version of his "Got Talent" show, according to British press rep ...

  3. 'American Idol' Season 10 Underway In Nashville

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 10th season of "American Idol" is under way in Nashville, and despite the long lines and big dreams of wannabe contestants, there's no denying that something's missing. "'Idol's' going to be different th ...

  4. Cheryl Cole Pulls Out Of V Fest

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop singer Cheryl Cole has withdrawn from TV and festival commitments while she receives treatment for malaria. Cole, who has a solo career in addition to her role in Girls Aloud, has pulled out of August's V Festival dates in the U.K. n ...

  5. Cheryl Cole In Hospital With Malaria

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A spokesman for British singer and TV personality Cheryl Cole says she is being treated in a London hospital for malaria. Publicist Sundraj Sreenivasan said Tuesday (July 6) the 27-year-old performer will have to cancel all work commitments for th ...

  6. Fox To Lower 'Idol' Age Requirement

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fox is lowering the age requirement to audition for "American Idol," allowing 15-year-old singers to compete for the first time. Previously, contestants had to be at least 16 to appear on the show. The maximum age to try out for "Id ...

  7. Syco Signs Labrinth For Artist, Label Deal

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell and Sony Music's joint venture Syco has signed U.K. songwriter, artist and producer Labrinth. It's the first time Syco has signed a new artist who was not first featured on the company's TV properties, "The X Facto ...

  8. Lee DeWyze Wins 'American Idol'

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It was a paint rags to riches story made for television, as Lee DeWyze was named the champion Wednesday night for the ninth season of "American Idol." The raspy and rock-friendly voice of DeWyze, 24, a paint salesperson from Mount Prospe ...

  9. Paula Abdul Returning To Primetime On CBS

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul is returning to the judges table as part of a new primetime talent competition series on CBS. Abdul will serve as the lead judge, executive producer, creative partner, mentor and coach on "Got to Dance," a series from Shine G ...

  10. N-Dubz Latest U.K. Urban Import To Score U.S. Deal

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT N-Dubz is the latest U.K. urban/pop act to strike a U.S. label deal, following in the wake of recent Hot 100 chart-toppers Tiaio Cruz and Jay Sean. The hip-hop/R&B trio has signed a U.S. deal with Island Def Jam. In a statement, Island Def Jam ...

  11. Simon Cowell Honored At Business Awards

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell received a special recognition award in California for his contribution to television and entertainment in the U.K. and U.S. Cowell was presented with the award at the inaugural BritWeek U.K.T.I. Business Innovation Awards, staged at ...

  12. Simon Cowell To Receive International Emmy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell will receive this year's International Emmy Founders Award. "Simon Cowell is an entrepreneur and performer in equal measure," said International Academy president and CEO Bruce Paisner. "He has built an internation ...

  13. No Deal For Paula Abdul At ABC

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul won't be judging "Star Search." The former "American Idol" judge and ABC couldn't come to terms on Abdul judging a reboot of the classic talent show. The outcome puts the fate of the show in doubt since AB ...

  14. 'Idol' Judges Jeer Male Semifinalists

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tim Urban tripped up his second shot at "American Idol" fame. The shaggy-haired 20-year-old singer, who served as a last-minute replacement for 25-year-old shoe salesman Chris Golightly in the top 24 semifinalists, was derided by the Fox ...

  15. Simon Cowell: A Woman Will Win 'Idol'

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell believes a woman is likely to win his final season on "American Idol." The acerbic British judge told a teleconference Thursday he thinks one of the 12 women among the ninth season's 24 semifinalists has a good shot to ...

  16. U.K. Haiti Benefit Single Debuts At No. 1

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment's star-packed charity cover of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts," rush-released under the name Helping Haiti to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake, stormed to No. 1 on the new U.K. sing ...

  17. Ellen DeGeneres Debuts As 'American Idol' Judge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ellen DeGeneres kicked off her debut as the new "American Idol" judge in impressive fashion on Tuesday night (Feb. 9), bringing a healthy dose of honest critiques and well-timed punchlines to the first night of Hollywood auditions. Befor ...

  18. Cowell's Haiti Single Sells 200,000 In 2 Days

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. benefit single for Haiti organized by Simon Cowell has sold more than 200,000 in two days, according to the Official Charts Company (OCC). The cover of REM's "Everybody Hurts" for the Helping Haiti release from Sony Music f ...

  19. Simon Cowell's Haiti Single Hits Airwaves

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new charity single for Haiti featuring Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Susan Boyle and Robbie Williams hit the Internet and airwaves on Tuesday (Feb. 2). The cover version of REM's "Everybody Hurts" was hastily put together by Simon C ...

  20. @MIDEM: Chris Morrison Blasts File-Sharers

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Gorillaz manager Chris Morrison launched an impassioned attack on file-sharing, TV talent shows and much else besides as managers took center stage at MIDEM. Morrison was speaking on the "Developing an Artist's Career in Today's Dig ...

  21. Reports: Cowell Recruiting Stars For Haiti Single

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell has lined up Rod Stewart, Leona Lewis and Michael Buble to sing on a charity single for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, according to U.K. press reports. The song is being coordinated by TV mogul Cowell. The "American Idol&quo ...

  22. Simon Cowell To Produce Charity Single For Haiti

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST TV mogul Simon Cowell said Thursday he would produce a charity single within 10 days to benefit victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti. The "American Idol" and "The X-Factor" judge said he was asked by Prime Minister Gordon ...

  23. Simon Cowell, Sony Music Sign Global Deal

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment have renewed their partnership, confirming details of a new long-term global venture to focus on the production and exploitation of music, television, film and digital content. The new venture will own all ...

  24. Lily Allen, Lady Gaga Up For BRIT Awards

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST British women have a strong showing in the nominations for the 2010 BRIT Awards - but not Susan Boyle. U.K. acts Florence and the Machine, Lily Allen and Pixie Lott each has three nominations for the awards, staged at London's Earls Court Are ...

  25. Simon Cowell Recruiting 'X Factor' Judges

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is talking to familiar faces to sit beside him at the judges table on Fox's "The X Factor." Cowell is in discussions with his former "American Idol" co-star Paula Abdul and his current "X Factor" U.K ...

  26. 'X Factor' Sales Impact Revealed

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Data analysis of digital sales, radio play and Web traffic by the Nielsen Company reveals the full impact of an appearance on U.K. music talent show "The X Factor" in the U.K. The ITV1 show secured big names as guest performers on the Su ...

  27. ITV Says U.K. 'X Factor' Not Moving

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. broadcaster ITV says it has no plans to reschedule "The X Factor" talent show after Simon Cowell's U.S. deal created a potential clash with the stateside edition. On Monday (Jan. 11) Cowell confirmed his departure from "Am ...

  28. 'American Idol' Premieres, Victoria Beckham Faces Off With Simon Cowell

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST The ninth season of "American Idol" premiered Tuesday night (Jan. 12) on Fox amidst widespread chatter about Simon Cowell, who announced Monday he was leaving "Idol" to bring "The X Factor" to the U.S. in 2011. " ...

  29. Simon Cowell To Leave 'Idol' After This Season To Launch U.S. "X Factor"

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST As has been long rumored, Simon Cowell is leaving his judging spot on "American Idol" after his season to launch an American version of "The X Factor" on Fox. The U.S. version of "X Factor" - which was responsible for ...

  30. 'American Idol' Returns, But How Long Can It Last?

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST TV ratings juggernaut "American Idol" returns next week for a ninth season with comedian Ellen DeGeneres joining the judging panel but a big question mark hanging over the future of the show's biggest star -- Simon Cowell. Despite s ...

  31. Fox To Order More 'American Idol'

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fox is near a deal to order more seasons of "American Idol" -- with or without its most popular judge, Simon Cowell. The network's current contract with "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia extends through t ...

  32. Report: Simon Cowell Will Leave 'American Idol'

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has decided to quit the top-rated TV talent show when his contract ends in 2010, according to a report in British tabloid the Sun, which would deal a blow to the Fox network. Cowell, 50, has been with t ...

  33. RATM Beats 'X Factor' To U.K. Xmas No. 1

    December 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rage Against the Machine snowed on teenager Joe McElderry's Christmas parade, as the results of the unlikely battle for the U.K.'s prestigious festive No. 1 single were confirmed on Sunday evening (Dec. 20). The news was the culmination ...

  34. 'X Factor' Favorite For U.K. Xmas No. 1

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Joe McElderry, winner of U.K. talent show "The X Factor," has been made the betting favorite for the Christmas No. 1 - but the race is the closest it has been in years. At the start of today (Dec. 18), Rage Against the Machine's &qu ...

  35. RATM Vs 'X Factor' For U.K. Xmas No. 1

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rage Against the Machine and "X Factor" winner Joe McElderry are engaged in a fierce battle for the U.K. Christmas No. 1 single. The Official Charts Company said that Rage Against the Machine's "Killing In the Name" (Sony ...

  36. 'X Factor' Audience Peaks At 19.1 Million

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST The TV audience for the final of U.K. music talent show "The X Factor" peaked at 19.1 million, as viewers witnessed teenager Joe McElderry win the sixth series last night (Dec. 13). The show averaged 15.5 million viewers between 7.30pm a ...

  37. Joe McElderry Wins 'X-Factor' Talent Show

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Teenager Joe McElderry won the sixth series of popular TV show "The X Factor" on Sunday, and is widely tipped to top the Christmas charts with his debut single, a cover of Miley Cyrus's "The Climb" (Syco/Sony Music Enterta ...

  38. Robbie Williams, George Michael For 'X Factor' Final

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams, George Michael and Michael Buble will appear on the final of U.K. TV talent show "The X Factor" this weekend. Each of them will duet with one of the three finalists on the final, which is likely to bring in huge ratings ...

  39. Rage Against Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST “Fed up of Simon Cowell's latest karaoke act being Christmas No.1?” That’s the rallying cry from a Facebook group set up to block another “The X Factor” winner from scoring the U.K.’s No. 1 Christmas song. Jon and Tracy Morter of London launc ...

  40. Simon Cowell To Launch Global 'X-Factor' In Vegas

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST British TV and record producer Simon Cowell is planning to bring his "The X Factor" talent show to Las Vegas in a global pay-per-view Internet venture. Cowell (50), best-known in the United States as an acerbic judge on America's to ...

  41. U.K. Chart Toppers JLS To Work With Calvin Harris

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST JLS, the British boy band who recently beat Robbie Williams to the top of the U.K. album charts, is to work with dance producer and fellow U.K. chart topper Calvin Harris. Speaking to Billboard.biz, JLS band member Jonathan Benjamin 'JB' ...

  42. Susan Boyle Scores Huge Day 1 Sales In U.K.

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Scottish singer Susan Boyle moved more than 130,000 copies of her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco/Sony Music) on its first day on sale in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company. The sales success follows a Nov. 22 guest ...

  43. Leona Lewis, 'X Factor' Top U.K. Charts

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST ITV's "The X Factor" series tightened its stranglehold on the U.K. sales charts, securing a double victory for creator/judge Simon Cowell's Sony Music-distributed Syco Music label. The 2007 "X Factor" winner Leona Lew ...

  44. Susan Boyle Album Sets Pre-order Record On Amazon

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The upcoming debut album by British singing sensation Susan Boyle has become the largest global CD pre-order in the history of Amazon.com, according to the online retailer. Boyle's album "I Dreamed a Dream" will be released on Nov. ...

  45. Leona Lewis Confirms First U.K. Tour

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis has announced her first U.K. and Ireland tour, which will visit 10 arenas in May and June next year. It follows the singer's first full U.K. concert at London's Hackney Empire in London earlier this month (Billboard.biz, Nov. ...

  46. Simon Cowell Is Top Male Earner On U.S. TV

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell, the acerbic "American Idol" judge, creator of "America's Got Talent" and record producer, is the top earning man on prime-time U.S. television with an estimated haul of $75 million, said Forbes.com. Cowell be ...

  47. Leona Lewis Makes Live Debut

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis played her first ever full concert on home turf in Hackney, East London, as she launched her new album. The U.K. singer, who became a worldwide star after winning "The X Factor" in 2006, grew up in Hackney and chose the borou ...

  48. Robbie Williams Makes Live Return

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams made a triumphant live comeback in London last night (Oct. 20), as part of the BBC's Electric Proms series of concerts. Appearing at the London Roundhouse with a 38-piece band, including string and brass sections -- led by Tre ...

  49. Cheryl Cole Fighting For Biggest Weekly Sale

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop singer Cheryl Cole has scored the highest first-day sale of the year with her debut single "Fight For This Love" (Fascination/Polydor), according to the Official Charts Co. She is set to go to No. 1 and could also have the bigge ...

  50. Kylie Minogue Kicks Off First U.S. Tour

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian pop star Kylie Minogue kicked off her first-ever American tour with a driving disco beat, a bevy of well-muscled dancers, and a lot of leg, hoping to finally crack the lucrative U.S. market. The pop diva, no stranger to spectacle, made ...

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