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  1. 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 ...

  2. 'X Factor' Key In Simon Cowell Deal

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Britain's "The X Factor" may be coming to the U.S. via Fox and a deal with the show's creator, "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. Cowell, in the final year of his contract on "Idol," had been open about his ...

  3. Lily Allen Lashes Out At File-Sharers

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Lily Allen has written a lengthy diatribe against illegal file-sharing, prompted by some "really rich and successful artists" who publicly stated that P2P users should not have their Internet connections cut. Musicians inclu ...

  4. EMI Publishing, L.A. Reid Form New Talent JV

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has reached an agreement with Antonio "L.A." Reid to form the L.A. Reid Music Publishing Company, a joint venture to sign new songwriters. The L.A. Reid Music Publishing Company will provide EMI Music Publishing with ...

  5. Leona Lewis Leak Investigated

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Syco is working with the IFPI and the police to investigate the leak of unreleased songs including a new Leona Lewis track, "Don't Let Me Down," a collaboration with Justin Timberlake. Lewis, the 2006 winner of the U.K. TV talent sh ...

  6. Robbie Williams Confirmed For 'X Factor'

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pop act Robbie Williams has confirmed that he will appear on the new series of the U.K. music talent show "The X Factor." He is set to perform on an edition of the show during its new season, which opens Aug. 22 on terrestrial TV station ...

  7. Simon Cowell Signing New 'Idol' Deal

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell will be a judge on "American Idol" for at least three more seasons. During the second-quarter earnings call of CKX, parent company of "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment, CKX chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman indic ...

  8. After Abdul, 'Idol' Will Still Ad Up

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While her fans might be upset, advertisers don't expect Paula Abdul's exit as an "American Idol" judge to have any significant impact on ad sales or audience ratings for the Fox show. "To me, that show is appointment TV, a ...

  9. Paula Abdul Quitting 'Idol'

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul says she is quitting "American Idol," a show that she said became an international phenomenon with her help. "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return" to the hit Fox TV singing contest, Abdul said ...

  10. Kara DioGuardi To Return To 'American Idol'

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As expected, newest "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi will return to appear on the show next season, producers and Fox announced Monday. "Kara's spitfire personality and sharp musical sensibility infused 'American Idol& ...

  11. 'American Idol' Fans Lobby For Paula Abdul

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" fans have launched a grass-roots campaign to keep Paula Abdul as a judge on the No. 1-rated television show after her manager said she had not received a new contract proposal and might not return. Former "Idol" ...

  12. Report: Abdul's Return To 'American Idol' Doubtful

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul's new manager says she may not be returning to "American Idol." According to a Los Angeles Times report, David Sonenberg says he doesn't have a proposal for a new contract for Abdul. He says it doesn't appear s ...

  13. Ryan Seacrest Nears New Megadeal

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is putting the finishing touches on a contract extension with "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment to continue to emcee the top series on TV. The pact, which is believed to be for three years, ...

  14. Simon Cowell 'To Launch Global Entertainment Company'

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell is set to partner with U.K. retail magnate Sir Philip Green on a global entertainment company that will produce and own TV content in the U.S. and Britain. The venture, which does not yet have a name, will have Green's backing as ...

  15. 'Idol' Finale Down To The Wire

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kris Allen "won" the first round of the "American Idol" finale, but the force of nature known as Adam Lambert bounced back to tie it all up. Lambert, the guylinered glam rocker from California, is battling acoustic guitar pla ...

  16. Kylie Minogue Plans First North American Tour

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue will tour North America for the first time with a six-date trek that will begin Sept. 30 in Oakland, Calif., before ending in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 11. Bill Silva Presents will produce the ...

  17. The "American Idol" Star Riffs On Music Reality Shows

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Would "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell want to stay on the show if the series ever slipped from No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings? Cowell bursts out laughing at the apparent obviousness of the answer. "Absolutely not!" he says dur ...

  18. Flo Rida Tops Hot 100 As Carrie Underwood's 'Home' Debuts High

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As Flo Rida, Lady GaGa and Kelly Clarkson continue their chart feats in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, it’s Carrie Underwood who scores the top debut. Underwood’s “Home Sweet Home,” the new elimination theme song for “American Idol ...

  19. New 'Idol' Judge Brings Girl Power Challenge To 'Bully Brother' Simon

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell may have the casting vote in early audition rounds of "American Idol" but it sounds like new judge Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul bring some girl power of their own to the tart-tongued British judge they call a "bully.& ...

  20. Burke Scores Million-Seller

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alexandra Burke's debut single "Hallelujah" (Syco/Sony Music Entertainment) has joined an exclusive club of top-selling singles artists in the U.K. after less than four weeks. According to the Official Charts Co, the cover of the Le ...

  21. Buckley Hits Set Gets New Push

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment is re-promoting the U.K. release of its Jeff Buckley compilation, "So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley," to capitalize on the success of the track "Hallelujah." The campaign, which launched this week, incl ...

  22. Bandier Hails Million-Selling 'Hallelujah'

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman and CEO Martin Bandier has spoken of the longevity and current success of "Hallelujah," which is currently No. 1 in the U.K. singles chart. The cover of Leonard Cohen's 1984 song by Alexandra Burke ...

  23. Leona Lewis Signs Deal For Autobiography

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis, who won U.K. talent TV show "The X Factor" in 2006 and topped charts around the world with debut album "Spirit," has signed a deal to pen her autobiography with publishing house Hodder & Stoughton. The book, wh ...

  24. Duffy Tops U.K. 2008 Album Sales

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Duffy has scored the biggest-selling album of 2008 in the U.K. with "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), according to the Official Charts Company. The pop vocalist's debut set moved 1,685,000 copies, beating off a late challenge from re ...

  25. 'Hallelujah' Double On U.K. Chart

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alexandra Burke, winner of TV music talent show "The X Factor," has scored the U.K. Christmas No. 1 with "Hallelujah" (Syco) while Jeff Buckley's version of the Leonard Cohen song is at No. 2. Burke sold 576,000 copies acc ...

  26. 'X Factor' Winner Favorite For U.K. No. 1

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alexandra Burke, who won TV music talent contest "The X Factor" at the weekend, looks set to secure the U.K. Christmas No. 1 with her cover of "Hallelujah" (Syco). The song, originally written and recorded by Leonard Cohen, was ...

  27. Update: 'American Idol' Changing Its Tune

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fox today (Dec. 15) outlined the schedule for the eighth season of "American Idol," which reworks the elimination process to extend the Hollywood round and gives judges the opportunity to send some of their overlooked favorite contestant ...

  28. Australia's Central Station Changes Hands In MBO

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian digital company Destra Corp. has sold Central Station Records (CSR) to the dance label's Sydney-based GM Jamie Raeburn. The new ownership is effective immediately. CRS's 11-strong staff team is expected to remain intact. Raebu ...

  29. Lewis U.K.'s Favourite Act For MTV EMAs

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. solo artist Leona Lewis has earned the most audience votes to represent the U.K. and Ireland as Europe's Favourite Act at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 6 at London's Liverpool Echo Arena. Lewis held off competiti ...

  30. Coldplay, Kylie Triumph At Digital Music Awards

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay and Kylie Minogue won two awards each at the BT Digital Music Awards at London’s Roundhouse. The double wins for the U.K. melodic rock act and Australian pop star meant it was a good night for the digital team at EMI’s Parlophone label. C ...

  31. Leona Lewis Distances Herself From Old Demo

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SyCo Entertainment has publicly distanced itself from "Times have Changed," the remixed version of a demo recording by reality-TV sensation Leona Lewis long before she was famous. Lewis, currently signed to SyCo Music, which is part of S ...

  32. Commentary: Think Before You Brand

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Celebrity brand partnerships have become undeniably big business in recent years, and the success stories-the multiple links between artists and Apple, plus Pepsi's long-running association with the likes of Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Pink-s ...

  33. French Cultural Accolade For Kylie

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue is to be presented with one of France's highest cultural awards. The Australian singer will receive the prestigious "Chevalier dans L'ordre des Arts et Lettres" (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) at a cerem ...

  34. Spice Girls Tour Likely Their Last

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Don't hold your breath waiting for the next Spice Girls reunion. Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, tells Billboard.biz that she doesn't expect a sequel to the quintet's Return of the Spice Girls World Tour, which wraps up Feb. 26 in ...

  35. Irish Music Sales Slumped In 2007

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Figures released by the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) reveal that shipments fell 10% in volume in 2007, with trade revenues down 13%. Mirroring global trends, illegal file-sharing is being blamed for the drop, with IRMA CEO Dick Doyle cl ...

  36. Brits Launch Party Details Unveiled

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. acts Editors, Bat For Lashes, The Hoosiers and Adele will perform at the BRIT Awards nominations launch party on Jan. 14. Radio 1 presenter Reggie Yates and Kelly Osbourne will host the event at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London. Osbourn ...

  37. 'X Factor' Dominates Christmas U.K. Pop Charts

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The "X Factor" notched up a Christmas pop chart double on Sunday, with this year's winner of the TV talent show taking the coveted number one single spot and last year's victor notching up the best-selling album. As expected, S ...

  38. Christmas Bonanza For U.K. X Factor Winner?

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Teenage Scottish pop singer Leon Jackson should have a Christmas to remember. Jackson, the surprise winner of Britain's X Factor reality TV show on Dec. 15, is poised to claim the coveted Christmas No. 1 slot on the Official U.K. Singles Char ...

  39. The Eagles Find 'Eden' At No. 1 In Europe

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Eagles' "Long Road Out Of Eden" (Polydor), which had a week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums three weeks ago, regains its pan-European crown on the new chart. Meanwhile "Apologize" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by ...

  40. Kylie Debuts At No. 1 In Oz

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue's tenth studio album "X" opened at the top of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart this week. The set, her first in four years, shipped platinum (70,000 units), according to her Australian label M ...

  41. Kylie To Tour Europe In 2008

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue has lined up an extensive 2008 European tour in support of her new album, "X.” The Australian pop star and her creative team will take a new show concept on the road with "KYLIEX2008,” which she describes in a statement as ...

  42. Lewis' 'Spirit' Off To A Flier

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis' debut album "Spirit" (Syco) has had a blistering start at retail, selling more than 130,000 copies on its first day on the racks yesterday. The set has sold as many as the rest of the top 10 albums combined, according t ...

  43. EMI Japan Signs Up For YouTube

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Japan has opened a "brand channel" on the Japanese version of YouTube -- the first local record company to do so. "By launching this brand channel, we can provide information on artists, including their new tunes," th ...

  44. MITS Honor For Kylie

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue was feted Monday night with the prestigious annual Music Industry Trusts' Award at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The Australian entertainer became the first woman to receive the honor in the U.K. music business eve ...

  45. Q Gongs Handed Out In London

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tony Wilson, the enigmatic entrepreneur who discovered and signed Joy Division and Happy Mondays to his Factor Records label, was posthumously recognized as a "Q Hero" today at the Q Awards in London. Wilson, whose unconventional career ...

  46. Child 'Talent' Star Ditched Because Of Age

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell, the self-styled TV talent-show tough-guy, is in the news again for his ruthless behavior. But this time, Cowell has been blamed for picking on a six-year-old. A string of reports are turning the screw on Cowell and his label Sony BMG ...

  47. Diana Concert Viewers Boost U.K. Sales

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The record-breaking number of TV viewers that watched last weekend's "Concert for Diana," have boosted U.K. music sales this week. According to official TV ratings, a staggering peak of 14.8 million viewers tuned in to watch BBC cov ...

  48. Minogue Recipient Of 2007 MITS Award

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian-born pop queen Kylie Minogue is the recipient of the 2007 Music Industry Trusts' Award and the first woman to win the title in the event's 16-year history. The honor is bestowed annually to an individual who has made a distinc ...

  49. Davis, Cowell Partner For Leona Lewis Release

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Clive Davis and Simon Cowell will partner to supervise the debut album by Leona Lewis, winner of "The X Factor," the U.K.'s equivalent to "American Idol." The album, due later this summer 2007, will be released via J/Syco ...

  50. Minogue To Get H&M Tribute Line

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue will receive a major tribute from H&M in the form of a limited edition line of bohemian-chic beachwear. Minogue is the muse for the H&M Loves Kylie collection, which debuts in May. She is also the face of the upcoming beachwe ...

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