1. L.A. Reid's 'X Factor' Exit: Show Slow to Create Epic Records Stars

    December 13, 2012 9:27 PM EST 0 0 0 With just a week to go until the second season of "The X Factor" wraps, Epic Records chairman and CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid has chosen to focus on his day job rather than do A&R from a seat on a TV show. It's not an imprud ...

  2. 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 ...

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  4. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown: The Musical' Comes to Broadway

    October 11, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Motown is coming to Broadway. ' Motown: The Musical ,' opening on April 14, is bringing the legacy of Motown founder Berry Gordy to New York City's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Berry Gordy Starts Motown The musical will showcase interweavin ...

  5. L.A. Reid, Steve Bartels, More Trumpet the Power of Radio at Advertising Week Panel

    October 01, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Heads up to emerging artists: If you want to impress L.A. Reid, think about what your music might sound like on FM airwaves. "The deepest and most sincere feeling I get is when I meet an artist and they have that steel in their eyes and they ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 'X Factor's' Simon Cowell & L.A. Reid: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 10, 2012 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Can the 'X' Men Turn the Show's Ratings Into Music Success? This is an excerpt. For a longer version, grab a copy of Billboard . The singing competition field is crowded, to say the least. It's been 11 years since "Pop Idol& ...

  8. From This Week's Billboard: Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid Get Deep About the New 'X Factor'

    September 10, 2012 7:12 AM EDT Below is an excerpt from the cover story "The X Men" -- an in-depth interview with X Factor judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid about the second season of the show -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features ...

  9. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona Rock Pepsi/Billboard's Summer Beats Show Honoring Michael Jackson's 'Bad'

    August 30, 2012 1:49 PM EDT (L-R): Frank Cooper, chief marketing officer of global consumer engagement at PepsiCo, arrives at the Billboard/Pepsi Summer Beats show last night with Prometheus Global Media CEO Dottie Mattison and Bozoma Saint John, cultural branding marketer a ...

  10. Backbeat: 'Epic Moments' Party Brings Epic, Capitol, Interscope Execs Together During BET Awards Weekend

    July 03, 2012 1:03 PM EDT From left: Epic EVP of Urban Music Benny Pough; Marcus Canty, Ca$h Out and Machine Gun Kelly. (Photo: Courtesy of Epic Records) On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, R&B singer Ciara (born Ciara Princess Harris) was all the buzz at Epi ...

  11. Summer Music Preview: Spring Into Action With Music And Synch Deals

    May 23, 2012 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 So far as the music goes, the first summer movie smash was released when there was still snow on the ground in parts of the country. Pitbull's "Back in Time," which plays over the credits in Sony Pictures' "Men in Black 3,&quo ...

  12. Marcus Canty Talks Epic Record Deal & New Music

    April 20, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Marcus Canty is destined for success. In less than a year, the 21 yr. old went from reality TV, "X-Factor," to realizing his dream. In January, Canty inked a deal with his mentor L.A. Reid at Epic Records. 'X-Factor's' Astro ...

  13. 'X Factor's' Melanie Amaro Working With Tricky Stewart, 'Surprise' Writers

    March 06, 2012 3:30 PM EST 0 0 0 "X Factor" winner Melanie Amaro has completed four or five songs for her debut album, a mixture of ballads and upbeat pop songs. "Before 'X Factor,' I wasn't recording, just singing in church and at small events. So bei ...

  14. Josh Krajcik of 'X Factor' Working With Adele's Producer

    February 22, 2012 9:35 AM EST 0 0 0 "X Factor" runner-up Josh Krajcik is well on his way to a major label debut. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the former burrito slinger is in the studio with British producer and two-time Ivor Novello Award recipient Eg White, bes ...

  15. Chris Rene, 'X Factor's Third Place Finisher, Signs With Epic Records

    January 18, 2012 7:15 AM EST Chris Rene is continuing his relationship with L.A. Reid. The X Factor alum, who placed third in the reality competition's inaugural season, has just inked a deal with Epic Records, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. 'X Factor's' ...

  16. 'X Factor' Winner Melanie Amaro Has Producers Lining Up

    December 23, 2011 10:35 AM EST 0 0 0 'Shocked' Singer to Surprise With Debut Album; Simon Says 3 Other Finalists on His Wish List Big, soaring ballads brought the first "X Factor" crown to Melanie Amaro, but the young singer says she cannot be pigeonholed so easily. ...

  17. 'X Factor': Elimination Sends 3 to Finale

    December 16, 2011 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Simon Cowell Critiques Fellow Judge Nicole Scherzinger's Song Performance With the "X Factor" finale just around the corner, the remaining four contestants faced their second-to-last elimination last night. There were no "save me ...

  18. 'X Factor' Semi-Finals: Three Contestants Shine, One Performance 'Horrific'

    December 15, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Following last week's shocking elimination, Wednesday's episode of "X Factor" began on a somber note as the final four contestants continued to compete for a spot in next week's finale episodes. Each performer sang two songs ...

  19. 'X Factor': Deadlock Decision Ends in Tears All Around

    December 09, 2011 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 All in all, Thursday's "X Factor" elimination wasn't really a good night for anyone. The contestant who stayed had to feel like the audience didn't want him there, the performer sent home only did so after collapsing onstage ...

  20. 'X Factor': Top 5 Take on Two Songs Each, Simon Wants A Nicole Voodoo Doll

    December 08, 2011 10:50 AM EST 0 0 0 With only five contestants left and an hour and a half time slot to fill, each "X Factor" performer sang two songs Wednesday night: one of their own choosing and the second a hit transformed into a dance track. In true "X Factor" ...

  21. 'X Factor' Double Hit: Rough Night For Simon & L.A.

    December 02, 2011 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 "X Factor" was a show of firsts Thursday night (Dec. 1), as both L.A. and Simon lost their first contestants in the Michael Jackson week double elimination. Paula has no groups left and Nicole has only one contestant (Josh Krajcik) still i ...

  22. 'X Factor': Jackson Family Attends MJ Night, Plus Another Double Elimination

    December 01, 2011 11:52 AM EST 0 0 0 It was Michael Jackson night last night on "X Factor," and the Jackson family was there to see the contestants pay tribute to the King of Pop. Brothers Tito, Marlon, Jackie, children Paris, Prince, Blanket and mother Katherine Jackson were ...

  23. 'X Factor' Celebrates Thanksgiving With A Double Elimination

    November 24, 2011 4:22 PM EST 0 0 0 Plus Performances By Kelly Clarkson & Bruno Mars It was a very unhappy Thanksgiving in the "X Factor" studio last night, as not one but two acts were sent home and another only made it after singing for his survival. 'X Factor ...

  24. 'X Factor' Decides They'll Cut Two, While Simon & L.A. Bicker

    November 23, 2011 9:45 AM EST 0 0 0 In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, last night's episode of "X Factor" was themed around giving thanks. Each contestant chose an important, inspirational person to sing for, but like Simon said, "it's still a comp ...

  25. 'X Factor': Rihanna Performs, Astro Gets Berated & Someone Goes Home

    November 18, 2011 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Simon's girls are all still safe, but for the first time this week, it wasn't Paula's groups landing in the bottom two on "The X Factor." Over 30s contestant Stacy Francis and boys performer Astro received the least of Ameri ...

  26. 'X Factor': Simon & L.A. Bicker Through the Rock Songs Round

    November 17, 2011 10:45 AM EST 0 0 0 It may have been the week's rock theme or maybe the news that Simon Cowell had finally joined Twitter , but something got into the judges during last night's episode of "X Factor." They were extra feisty and did more arguing than ...

  27. 'X Factor' Results: Paula Cracks Under The Pressure

    November 11, 2011 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Last night on "X Factor," with elimination looming, it wasn't the contestants cracking under the pressure, it was a judge. Two of Paula's groups landed in the bottom again, and the mentor was forced to play judge and choose betwe ...

  28. 'X Factor': Judges Pick Oddball Songs From Movies For 11 Finalists

    November 10, 2011 10:25 AM EST 0 0 0 Last night's (Nov. 9) episode of "X Factor" featured live performances by the remaining 11 contestants, and one very awkward theme. Rather than working within the motif of film soundtracks, the judges chose some of the most obscure mo ...

  29. 'X Factor' Has Glitzy Premiere, Complete With Simon-Paula Bickering

    September 15, 2011 10:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 A group of 10 Epic Records executives were among the 800 people who packed Hollywood's Cinerama Dome movie theater to hear their boss L.A. Reid talk about "The X Factor," the Fox show that made its glitzy world premiere Wednesday nigh ...