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Simon Cowell: "I May Axe 'X Factor'"

Despite not suffering much of a ratings dip, the last series of The X Factor UK drew the harshest criticism in the show’s history.

Somewhat expected due to the all-new panel (which saw Kelly Rowland, Gary Barlow, and Tulisa Contostavlos join the melee), the media proceded to pelt each week with a succession of anti-X Factor stories.

A practice which dented both the show’s reputation and the ego of creator Simon Cowell – who left his role as a judge in 2010 to  focus on the US version.

And though still one of Britain’s most-watched entities, Cowell has this week gone on record to tease axing the show, while it’s ahead. The 52 year old is apparently so far gone with his stance that he’s already conceptualised a replacement should the forthcoming 9th season suffer further decline:

Via Digital Spy

Speaking at the press launch of Britain’s Got Talent, Cowell said:

“In a year’s time we might say, ‘Right, that’s the end of The X Factor. Let’s start something new. I’d rather fall off the cliff on numbers than deteriorate slowly.

We have something in development which could replace The X Factor. Most things in music, fashion or TV tend to be across a ten-year period.

The great test of success is if you can transcend a decade. I believe we can do it again if we’re prepared to be brave.”

Granted the blatant manipulation and soap opera antics became tiresome, we feel there’s some mileage left yet in the show. However,  this is only on the basis that plans to “tear up the rule book” come to fruition. Supposed changes include scrapping themed weeks, adding celeb mentors (Idol-style) and allowing acts to sing their own songs. Now, all they need to do is bin Tulisa and Louis and we’d be off to a great start!

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Hot Shots: Beyonce and Moms Raise Funds For Obama

Whoa mama!

Beyonce may be glowing in her embrace of motherhood after the birth of daughter Blue Ivy, but today saw the ‘End of Time’ beauty joined by the two ladies she calls ‘mom’ – Tina Knowles and mother-in-law Gloria Carter.  Stepping out today in a stunning blue, form fitting number, the hitmaker and fam were on hand at a New York City fundraiser for the Obama re-election campaign.

As ever, the singer’s return to form post-Blue is becoming more evident and was greeted with much fanfare after the announcement of her forthcoming return to stage.  Until the Queen Bey slays lessers again, get into these snaps of she and Blue’s proud grandparents below (thanks to Rap-Up):

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Katy Perry : “Beyonce’s ‘Beautiful Liar’ Isn’t Iconic”

Following her controversial cover of The Throne‘s N”gga’s In Paris‘ today, Katy Perry‘s mouth has landed her in more hot water.

For, in what can only force us to wonder just who she and Rihanna ‘chit chat’ about behind closed doors, the ‘Teenage Dreamer‘ has weighed in on Beyonce’s 2007 duet with Shakira, ‘Beautiful Liar‘.

Her remarks below…

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Hot Shots: Kelly Rowland Arrives At Beyonce’s NYC Apartment

Destiny’s Child divas Beyonce and Kelly Rowland continue to show that their friendship remains intact, as they travel down their solo paths.

‘Motivation’ singer Rowland was snapped arriving at her former bandmate’s New York apartment this afternoon for a catch up.

The 31 year old is reportedly in NYC for business, taking a brief break from recording her 4th studio album in Los Angeles – where she has and will be stationed for the duration of creation.

Peep more pics, via Kelly Rowland Web, below…

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Snippets: Madonna – ‘MDNA (Deluxe Edition)’

March 26th marks the release of ‘MDNA‘, the latest LP from Madonna.

Highly anticipated by fans and critics alike, the LP- though expected to fare poorly on the charts- precedes the icon’s ‘2012 World Tour‘, and her 12 minute set at Superbowl 2012, alongside MIA and Nicki Minaj.

Now, just days before its release, get into snippets from its deluxe edition below…

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Beyonce’s ‘2012 World Tour’: Would You Go?

Earlier today, Beyonce set the net alight with confirmation of her return, two months after giving birth to her first child Blue Ivy.

Set to release the  single ‘End Of Time’ next month, it’s safe to say coming months will see her pick up where the ‘4‘ campaign left off in 2o11- a campaign, which many fans hoped would end with an ‘epic’ tour.

So now we ask:

If Beyonce was to announce a 2012 world tour, would you go?

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Melody Thorton Wails The National Anthem At L.A. Marathon

Up until this year Melody Thorton was best known for the obligatory belted ad-libs found at the end of every Pussycat Dolls song. Since then Melody has been hard at work on her debut album, determined to make a name for herself as a solo artist before Nicole Scherzinger can.

On the heels of releasing her 10-track mixtape, ‘P.O.Y.B.L. (Piss On Your Black List)’ and a music video for ‘Lipstick & Guilt’, Thorton earned herself a gig singing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ at the L.A. Marathon.

The national anthem is no easy song to sing as it requires a singer’s singer to appropriately tackle the technical complexity of its melody and the challenging vocal it demands.

Listen to Thorton belt her way through America’s favorite song after the jump and sound-off below.

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Forbes: “Nicki Minaj To Earn Millions From Pepsi Deal”

In the heat of her hype, it’s  easy to forget how far Nicki Minaj has come from her days as a struggling MC.

For, putting her revival of Female Rap aside, her feats as an artist/aspiring mogul have been astounding to say the least.

From scoring a lucrative 360 deal with the folk over at Young Money , to negotiating her way into MAC‘s Viva Glam campaign, it’s clear to see that  her ‘rise to the top’ is down to her oft overlooked business savvy, and not her oh-so infamous ‘assets’.

Not convinced?

Then peep what Forbes have to say about her recent deal with Pepsi Co, below…

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Hot Shots: Toni Braxton Shoots ‘I Heart You’ Video

Toni Braxton is back!

Clad in a hot pink swimsuit, the soulful baratone shot the video for new single ‘I Heart You’ in Los Angeles last night.

The cut is the first to be lifted from the diva’s forthcoming new album, which she told That Grape Juice is being released as a “collective”. Such a setup  will see Braxton pair with different labels on a non-exclusive basis to market and distribute each single.

Exciting stuff.

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She’s Back: Beyonce Announces Comeback Concerts

Hide your wigs, hide your heels, and hide your McDonalds material!

Beyonce‘s back and ready to slay the stage!

Details after the jump…

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