X Factor

  1. Britney Spears Confirms 'X Factor' Exit

    January 11, 2013 6:53 PM EST Britney Spears' "X Factor" exit is now official.   Responding to "sourced reports and speculation," the pop star's rep confirmed that Spears will not be back for season three. "Britney did decide, and is in fact ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Robbie Williams Tops UK Singles Chart, Calvin Harris Has No. 1 Album

    November 05, 2012 6:13 AM EST Robbie Williams scored his first U.K. No. 1 single for eight years yesterday with "Candy" (Universal Island) to move into joint second place with Gary Barlow and Cliff Richard on 14 chart-toppers, behind only the four members of the Beat ...

  5. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Debuts At No. 1 On UK Charts, Labrinth Has Top Single

    October 29, 2012 7:27 AM EDT Taylor Swift scored her first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Red" (Mercury/Universal) debuted at the top. Writer-producer Labrinth was also celebrating a first British bestseller, as "Beneath Your Beautiful" (Syco Musi ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Single Reviews: Coheed, Bridget Mendler, David Guetta & Kanye West

    September 13, 2012 12:35 PM EDT BRIDGIT MENDLER Ready or Not (3:22) Producer: Emanuel "Eman" Kiriakou Writers: B. Mendler, E. Kiriakou, E. Bogart Publishers: various Hollywood Records Bridgit Mendler spends a good portion of debut single "Ready or Not" introd ...

  8. 2 Chainz' 'Based on a T.R.U. Story' Leads To Debut Discussion

    August 23, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Rapper 2 Chainz' debut studio album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 147,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly more robust figure than had initially been projected ...

  9. Lana Del Rey Tops UK Chart, Has Biggest Selling U.K. Album of 2012

    February 13, 2012 8:01 AM EST As Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday, Belgian Australian Gotye climbed 3-1 on the singles survey with "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Islan ...

  10. Billboard Power 100: Simon Cowell

    January 26, 2012 11:41 PM EST No. 100 Simon Cowell Co-Owner Syco Twitter: @SimonCowell "X" Marks the Spot With "American Idol" behind him, Simon Cowell's "X Factor" flexed its muscles in 2011, launching five finalists from the British show� ...

  11. The Wanted: Is Another British Pop Invasion On The Way?

    January 13, 2012 3:08 PM EST Could the Wanted usher in a new wave of British pop to American shores? The five-piece male U.K. vocal group -- which has notched five top five singles on the Official U.K. Singles chart and a pair of top five albums -- is taking a serious stab at ...

  12. Simon Cowell Still Interested In Astro, 'X Factor' Teen Rapper

    December 23, 2011 12:00 PM EST After Melanie Amaro won last night's first "X Factor" crown, worth $5 million dollar label deal and a Pepsi commercial, Amaro spoke about plans for her upcoming album, while the show's executive produecr Simon Cowell talked a b ...

  13. Backbeat: L.A. Reid Talks Backstage at 'X Factor' About Chris Rene, New Regime at Epic

    December 08, 2011 2:41 PM EST Ninety minutes after the conclusion of one of this season's last episodes of " The X Factor," about a dozen people of different ages and races are packed into Antonio "L.A." Reid's dressing room. The most recognizable ...

  14. X Factor Finalists Top U.K. Charts

    December 05, 2011 7:48 AM EST The U.K. charts have the "X Factor" again this week, with former finalist Olly Murs debuting atop the album chart with "In Case You Didn't Know" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) and the charity release by the show's 20 ...

  15. Rihanna's 'We Found Love' Tops U.K. Chart After Only Four Days

    October 10, 2011 7:43 AM EDT James Morrison's "The Awakening" (Universal Island) started a second week atop the U.K. album chart Sunday (Oct. 9), as Rihanna raced to the singles summit after only four days on sale with "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Univers ...

  16. Kasbian, N-Dubz's Dappy Top U.K. Charts; Tony Bennett Debuts At No. 5

    September 26, 2011 7:52 AM EDT English rock band Kasabian registered their third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Velociraptor" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at the top. Dappy, aka north London-born Costadinos Contostavlos, a member of ...

  17. Debut Single From Brit 'X Factor' Finalist One Direction Lands Biggest First-Week Sales of the Year

    September 23, 2011 7:13 AM EDT Antonio "L.A." Reid, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul: Take note. On the same week that she made her judging debut (Sept. 21) on Fox's "The X Factor," Nicole Scher­zinger has proved to be an equally shrewd hitmaker on the ot ...

  18. Reality Show Stars Will Young, Olly Murs Rule U.K. Charts

    August 29, 2011 8:08 AM EDT Former reality show winners rule the new U.K. sales charts, in a double victory for Sony Music Entertainment. 2002 "Pop Idol" victor Will Young's "Echoes" album (RCA/Sony) entered at No. 1 and his "Jealousy" sing ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Take That Heads Towards 1 Million Sales

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That marked a third week atop the U.K. album chart - and a remarkable 24 weeks over their career - with "Progress" (Polydor/Universal). The "X Factor" Finalists' charity cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Eminem Beats Tom Jones To Retain U.K. Chart Summit

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As Eminem's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) saw off a strong challenge from Tom Jones' "Praise and Blame" (Universal Island) to start a fifth aggregate week as the U.K.'s No. 1 album, new boy band The Wanted sc ...

  24. Iyaz Scores First U.K. No. 1

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Singer-rapper Iyaz, otherwise known as Virgin Islands-born Keidran Jones, went straight to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart with his former Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 "Replay" (Reprise/Warner Music). Paolo Nutini bagged another week atop ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Robbie Williams Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST British pop perennial Robbie Williams makes a winning return to Billboard's European Albums chart, debuting at No. 1 with "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI). On European Hot 100 Singles, Black Eyed Peas scores another char ...

  28. Robbie Williams Loses Out To JLS On U.K. Chart

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a close-run battle between U.K. chart heavyweights, "X Factor" graduates JLS just pipped Robbie Williams to the top spot on the new album survey. On the new singles chart, Black Eyed Peas scored their third No. 1 inside six months, an ...