1. 'X Factor' U.K. Finale: Lowest Ratings in a Decade

    December 15, 2014 9:40 AM EST The U.K. season finale of The X Factor on ITV on Sunday night drew an average audience of 9.4 million, becoming the second-lowest-rated season-ending episode of the show ever in the overnight ratings, according to ratings consultancy Attentional. ...

  2. Taylor Swift, Simon Cowell Rank High on Guardian's Media Power List

    December 08, 2014 12:01 PM EST The Guardian has released its MediaGuardian 100 ranking of the most powerful and impactful people across the industries of art, advertising, tech, journalism and every other subsection of ways in which your eyes and ears drink in stuff. Topping th ...

  3. Simon Cowell & Univision's Search Is On for 'Ultimate Latino Boy Band'

    November 18, 2014 5:10 PM EST Online auditions open for 'La Banda' reality contest. Boys (to men) ages 14 and older who live in the United States and Puerto Rico are invited to audition online for La Banda , a television competition aiming to find "the ultimate ...

  4. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a bidding war between every major label, along with interest from industry heavyweights Lyor Cohen ...

  5. Simon Cowell Celebrates Being Named Personality of the Year at MIPCOM

    October 15, 2014 1:45 AM EDT If you think the deepest thing about Simon Cowell are his signature V-necks, a different man accepted MIPCOM's Personality of the Year award Tuesday night in Cannes. Cowell, who was honored for changing both the music and the TV industries wh ...

  6. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean No. 1; Carrie Underwood Debuts on Country Charts

    October 02, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Chesney bows atop Top Country Albums, Aldean logs a milestone reign on Hot Country Songs & expectant mom Underwood's 'Water' breaks. Nearly 20 years after first gracing the list, Kenny Chesney collects his lucky 13th No. 1 on Bi ...

  7. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will ...

  8. 'X Factor' U.K. Loses Steam Ahead of BBC Clash

    September 01, 2014 10:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 The season's second episode of Simon Cowell's ITV show trips before dance-off with ballroom hit. After a stronger season launch on Saturday (Aug. 30) night, Simon Cowell's The X Factor U.K. on ITV on Sunday lost ratings steam ahead of ...

  9. 'X Factor' U.K. Season Debut Ratings Rise

    August 31, 2014 10:09 AM EDT 0 0 0 Simon Cowell's return as a judge boosts the ITV show above its 2013 and 2012 premiere figures. The season opener of The X Factor in the U.K. drew stronger overnight ratings than the last two seasons' debut episodes as Simon Cowell returned ...

  10. Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

    August 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A Spice Girl will join the creator as he returns to the ITV show after its U.S. cancellation The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in w ...

  11. British 'X Factor' Coming to U.S. TV Screens

    August 06, 2014 6:26 PM EDT 3 0 0 Simon Cowell is coming back to U.S. TV — and reuniting with Ryan Seacrest . AXS TV, the music-focused network created by Mark Cuban and Seacrest — has inked an agreement with FremantleMedia International and Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Tham ...

  12. Weinstein Co. Teams With Yahoo to Stream Simon Cowell's Film on Opera Singer

    July 21, 2014 9:19 AM EDT In a bold move, The Weinstein Co. and Yahoo are teaming to make the Simon Cowell-produced film "One Chance" available for streaming this fall on Yahoo Screen 10 days before it begins rolling out in theaters. The British independent film, ...

  13. Emblem3 Down to 2 as Member Drew Chadwick Leaves the Group

    June 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The "X Factor" alums' album, 2013's "Nothing to Lose," debuted at No.7 on the Billboard 200 It looks like Emblem3 may have to consider changing its name to Emblem2. The pop group announced on its website on Saturday t ...

  14. Heads of RCA, Republic, Atlantic, More Talk Regrets, Data vs. Heart, Austin Mahone Syndrome at New Music Seminar

    June 11, 2014 11:10 AM EDT “You would be amazed by how many people at some very high levels who are managing some very good acts who really don’t know shit," said president and COO of RCA Records Tom Corson Monday at a freewheeling New Music Seminar panel entitled “Lab ...

  15. 'Britain's Got Talent' Live Semi Pulls Low Ratings

    June 02, 2014 5:44 AM EDT The final live semifinal episode of the eighth season of Simon Cowell talent show Britain's Got Talent on ITV this weekend drew the lowest ratings for the competition this season. According to one observer, the performance also marked the low ...

  16. Susan Boyle 'So Excited' for First U.S. Tour

    May 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Susan Boyle is ready to conquer America. The Grammy-nominated singing sensation, who burst to fame after singing "I Dreamed a Dream" on the TV show Britain's Got Talent in 2009, will undertake a 21-date U.S. tour to begin Oct. 8 in ...

  17. Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Univision Team Up to Find Ultimate Latino Boy Band

    May 13, 2014 10:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Univision and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment have announced the creation of a new TV show called “La Banda” (The Band), in which contestants across North and South America compete to join the ultimate Latino boy band.  The show will search f ...

  18. Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Univision Team Up to Find Ultimate Latino Boy Band

    May 13, 2014 10:07 PM EDT Univision and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment have announced the creation of a new TV show called “La Banda” (The Band), in which contestants across North and South America compete to join the ultimate Latino boy band.  Related Articles SFX ...

  19. Simon Cowell Wants His Own Version Of 'Frozen'

    May 09, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Simon Cowell is betting that "Frozen" and "Despicable Me 2" are not isolated incidents of animated films creating musical hits. This article first appeared in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . Animal Logic Entertainmen ...

  20. Simon Cowell Wants His Own Version Of 'Frozen'

    May 09, 2014 2:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 The star maker teams with the driving force behind "The Lego Movie," betting that animated features will be driving chart smashes for years to come: "This is something we dreamt of doing" Simon Cowell is betting that "Frozen ...

  21. 'X Factor' Parody Musical 'I Can't Sing' To Close in London

    April 28, 2014 1:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 There's more bad news for Simon Cowell and "X Factor." Less than three months after Fox canceled the U.S. edition of Cowell's singing competition comes word that I Can't Sing, the Cowell-backed musical parody of the show, wi ...

  22. Cheryl Cole to Return to 'X Factor' U.K.

    March 11, 2014 4:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Cheryl Cole is returning to the judges’ table for "The X Factor" U.K.’s 11th season, confirmed Simon Cowell via Twitter on Monday. “It’s official! Cheryl is back,” he tweeted. “Be careful what you wish for.” Cheryl Cole Out As 'X Fact ...

  23. Shakira to Perform on 'The Voice U.K.'

    March 03, 2014 4:57 AM EST 1 0 0 Shakira will perform on an upcoming live show of "The Voice U.K." on the BBC, producers have announced.  The music star, who became a coach on the U.S. version of the singing competition in 2012, will sing on the March 29 episode. Shakira ...

  24. Bombshell 'American Idol' Lawsuit Brings Litany of Allegations Against Sony

    February 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST The legal claims from the company behind the hit reality TV show, seeking at least $10 million in damages, could ignite new controversies over whether recording artists are getting a proper share of digital income. For twelve years, "American ...

  25. Simon Cowell Welcomes Son Eric

    February 14, 2014 9:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Simon Cowell is a first-time father. The TV star welcomed a son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman Friday at 5:45 p.m. in New York, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The baby weighed in at 6 lbs., 7 oz. The baby's name is Eric, after Cowell&# ...

  26. Fox Cancels 'The X Factor'

    February 07, 2014 7:24 PM EST Fox has pulled the plug on "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that there will be no fourth season of the singing competition. The writing has been on the wall, given the expensive series' significant ratings declin ...

  27. U.S. Version of 'The X Factor' Canceled

    February 07, 2014 7:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Announcement comes following Simon Cowell's return to show's U.K. counterpart Fox has pulled the plug on "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that there will be no fourth season of the singing competition. The writi ...

  28. 'The Voice U.K.' Audience Dips For Episode Two, Remains Ahead of Last Year's Ratings

    January 21, 2014 1:35 AM EST The ratings for the third season of 'The Voice U.K.' on the BBC continue to trend ahead of last year, even though the second episode Saturday night drew a smaller audience than the season opener.  The BBC, which has been looking to bolst ...

  29. 'American Idol' Returns With New Judges, New Attitude in Premiere

    January 15, 2014 10:36 PM EST After securing its lowest ratings ever in a season during which the judges' feuds often took precedence over the actual raw talent, "American Idol" returned to its roots with a different panel, slightly altered production and -- per ...

  30. 'The Voice U.K.' Third Season Opener Pulls Strong Ratings

    January 14, 2014 5:27 AM EST The third season opener of "The Voice U.K." on Saturday night drew much stronger ratings than the second season debut in some good news for the BBC, which has been looking to bolster the show's performance. The singing competition&# ...

  31. Paulina Rubio Sues Telemundo Over Alleged 'La Voz Kids' Snub

    January 14, 2014 2:55 AM EST Mexican pop music superstar Paulina Rubio has filed a lawsuit against Telemundo, alleging that the NBCUniversal subsidiary has reneged on a $1.325 million deal for her to star in a second season of the highly rated music competition show "La ...

  32. Demi Lovato Leaving 'X Factor’

    December 19, 2013 3:35 AM EST 0 0 0 Demi Lovato is leaving The X Factor, the reality show she's served as a judge on for the past two seasons, series creator Simon Cowell confirmed Wednesday night. "I always knew she wasn't coming back because she's touring, so I k ...

  33. As 'X Factor' Finale Approaches, Simon Cowell Considers Some Major Changes

    December 18, 2013 2:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Fox and Simon Cowell have brought numerous changes to “X Factor” over its three seasons and as it heads into its finale this week it is still looking for a ratings boost to make a fourth season viable. Cowell tells Billboard that conversations for n ...

  34. Simon Cowell Talks 'X Factor' Future, Format Shake-Ups

    December 17, 2013 3:25 AM EST The "X Factor" U.S. wraps its third season this week. The final three standing: duo Alex & Sierra, mentored by show creator and head judge Simon Cowell, Jeff Gutt, the last member of Kelly Rowland's team, and Carlito Olivero, co ...

  35. Simon Cowell Talks 'X Factor' Future, Format Shake-Ups

    December 17, 2013 12:20 AM EST The "X Factor" U.S. wraps its third season this week. The final three standing: duo Alex & Sierra, mentored by show creator and head judge Simon Cowell, Jeff Gutt, the last member of Kelly Rowland's team, and Carlito Olivero, coa ...

  36. 'X Factor' U.S. Boosts Results at TV Unit of Simon Cowell, Sony Venture

    December 05, 2013 5:49 AM EST Fox may have seen weaker ratings at "The X Factor" this season, but the show last year boosted the financials of the TV production business of Syco Entertainment, the joint venture of Simon Cowell and Sony that produces "The X Facto ...

  37. 'X Factor' U.K. Technical Glitch Leads to Screen Blackout

    December 02, 2013 11:33 AM EST The U.K. version of the Simon Cowell-produced X Factor hit the headlines here as the sound of apologies almost drowned out the singing. ITV, the show's commercial broadcaster, apologized to viewers after technical problems caused a screen bla ...

  38. The Business Strategy Behind One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Roll-Out (From the Magazine)

    November 25, 2013 11:40 AM EST In this excerpt from our most recent issue's cover story on One Direction, Billboard's Andrew Hampp examines the many moving parts of the group's business strategy with manager Richard Griffiths, Simon Cowell and more. To read the ...

  39. ITV Renews Simon Cowell's 'X Factor,' 'Britain's Got Talent' for Three Years

    November 15, 2013 12:01 PM EST U.K. TV network giant ITV on Friday unveiled a three-year deal that will keep Simon Cowell hit shows "The X Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent" on the air. The talent shows will remain on the network through 2016. The dea ...

  40. Carly Rose Sonenclar, Runner-Up on 'X Factor,' to Appear on 'Law & Order: SVU'

    October 04, 2013 2:08 AM EDT Carly Rose Sonenclar is headed back to TV. The X Factor season two runner-up, who was mentored by Britney Spears during the competition, tweeted on Thursday that she'll appear as a guest star in an upcoming episode of NBC's "Law &am ...

  41. Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson Named Fourth Coach of 'The Voice U.K.'

    September 19, 2013 6:15 AM EDT Ricky Wilson, lead singer of British band Kaiser Chiefs, will fill the fourth coach position on BBC One’s The Voice UK when it returns for its third season here in January, completing the show’s revamped lineup. The U.K. public broadcaster announc ...

  42. 'One Direction: This Is Us' Extended Cut Coming Soon

    September 10, 2013 3:28 AM EDT Can't get enough of One Direction? You're in luck. Banking on young fans' insatiable appetite for anything related to the British pop band, Sony is releasing an extended version of the concert doc "One Direction: This Is Us.&qu ...

  43. Simon Cowell Talks Fatherhood, 'X Factor' U.K. Ratings

    September 04, 2013 2:46 AM EDT Simon Cowell has told the BBC that he expects to be a good father but will stay away from changing diapers. The 53-year-old "X Factor" creator is expecting a baby with New York socialite Lauren Silverman. "I am good with kids, becau ...

  44. 'The Butler' Beats One Direction’s ‘This is Us’ At Labor Day Box Office

    September 03, 2013 12:44 AM EDT Lee Daniels' "The Butler" engineered a surprise victory over Morgan Spurlock's 3D concert documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" at the Labor Day box office, becoming the first movie of 2013 to top the North American ...

  45. Simon Cowell Confirms He’ll Be a Dad

    August 21, 2013 3:43 AM EDT British TV mogul Simon Cowell says he's looking forward to being a father, his first public confirmation that he will be having a child with married New York socialite Lauren Silverman. Cowell, who had previously dodged questions about the a ...

  46. One Direction's 'This Is Us' Film Premiere Causes Hysteria In London

    August 20, 2013 5:31 PM EDT The British capital rang out to teenage screams the likes of which has not been seen in decades as pop sensations One Direction hit the red carpet for the world premiere of "1D: This Is Us." Band members Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn ...

  47. U.K.'s ITV Pushing for Simon Cowell Return As Judge on 'X Factor'

    August 15, 2013 2:30 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster ITV is making another push to get Simon Cowell to return as a judge on the U.K. edition of "X Factor" as part of negotiations to extend the talent show's run here beyond its upcoming 10th season. A current three-y ...

  48. Britain's ITV Chases Simon Cowell For 'X Factor' Return

    August 15, 2013 1:51 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster ITV is making another push to get Simon Cowell to return as a judge on the U.K. edition of "X Factor" as part of negotiations to extend the talent show's run here beyond its upcoming 10th season. A current three-yea ...

  49. Simon Cowell Having a Baby With Friend's Estranged Wife: Reports

    July 31, 2013 5:40 PM EDT Simon Cowell is about to experience a different kind of reality: fatherhood. According to tabloid reports galore, the "X Factor" and "American Idol" judge is having a baby with socialite Lauren Silverman, the wife of his good f ...

  50. Jessie J Leaves ‘The Voice U.K.'

    July 07, 2013 11:44 PM EDT Jessie J will not return as a coach on singing competition show The Voice UK, which airs on the BBC. "I've absolutely loved my time on The Voice and I hope everyone saw and knows how passionately I felt about the show," the 25-year ...

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