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Now Sinead O'Connor is mad at Simon Cowell

Nothing compares 2 feuds.

Earlier this week, Irish songstress Sinead O’Connor made headlines with a series of scathing open letters to Miley Cyrus — which culminated in a threat to take legal action. Shortly after writing that third letter, O’Connor set upon two more targets: Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh, Cowell’s fellow judge on the UK version of The X Factor.

“I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll, which has happened because of the industry,” O’Connor said Friday on Ireland’s The Late Late Show. “Because of Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh —  they’ve murdered music. I stand to say it on behalf of every musician in the world and they’ll agree with me.”

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Phillip Phillips' debut album goes platinum -- so how are other singing-show winners doing?

American Idol takes a lot of flack for being past its prime — and given the weak chart performance of its reigning champ, Candice Glover, those criticisms make sense — but make no mistake, the show can still produce stars.

Take Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips: The gravelly-voiced folk-pop singer’s debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was just certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million units. The disc, which was released in November 2012, wasn’t a blockbuster out of the gate. It sold 169,000 in its first week, driven primarily by the success of Phillips’ Olympic anthem “Home,” which sold over 4.6 million copies as a single.

But World has continued selling steadily thanks to the slow-burn success of his platinum follow-up single “Gone Gone Gone,” which has climbed to No. 24 on the Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart. And it doesn’t hurt that Phillips nabbed the opening slot on John Mayer’s Born and Raised tour, which he joined in July and will continue with until mid-December. READ FULL STORY

'X Factor' trio Emblem3's debut single is totally about Khloe Kardashian, right?

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They didn’t win Season 2 of The X-Factor, but the oft-shirtless, oft-skateboarding trio Emblem3 scored a record deal with Simon Cowell nonetheless.

Earlier this week, the guys unveiled their debut single, “Chloe,” a rather infectious bit of LFO-esque boardwalk pop, and within ten seconds of listening. I had already established a working theory: this song is about Khloe Kardashian.

It’s no secret that Khloe is often ranked as, well, how do I put this? — the least hot member of the Kardashian Klan. It sounds to me like Emblem3 is tapping into that pop cultural relegation (and, in turn, competitive sisterly relationships across the country) here — but with C’s instead of K’s. Just look at the first line: “Chloe, I know your sister turns everyone on/But you’re the one I want.”

The lyrics further describe this mysterious “sister,” saying, “Front page magazine/Everybody says that she’s a queen… she likes the flashing lights.” I mean, that’s gotta be Kim, right? Yes, all the Kardashian girls love the flashing lights, but Kim is the most shameless spotlight lover (Also: this). Khloe, by comparison, likes “candlelight.” (Indeed, a Khloe candle does exist.)

But why would Emblem3 randomly release a song about Khloe Kardashian? Well, the loudmouth reality star did host their season of The X-Factor (she’s reportedly been fired), and she was a confessed fan of them on the show. Seems logical enough. Or maybe they’re playing nice after skipping her other sister’s birthday party. Or maybe I’m not making any sense.

Give the song a listen and judge for yourself: READ FULL STORY

Olly Murs tells EW about making 'Trouble' in the U.S., touring with One Direction, and more

The past year has been a good one for contestants from the UK version of The X Factor here in the States.

Bratty pop starlet Cher Lloyd scored a Top 20 hit with “Want U Back,” and a little boy band called One Direction earned two straight number one albums and sold out a 2013 tour. But there’s one X Factor alum still waiting for his big break here in America: Olly Murs, a dapper showman with an upbeat repertoire that we think you should get to know.

Murs first caught our attention with his brassy and delightfully retro “Dance With Me Tonight” (seriously, give it a listen), which hasn’t been officially released in the U.S.. Instead, the cheeky bloke’s first U.S. single was a more pop radio-oriented jam called “My Heart Skips A Beat,” featuring buzzy rap duo Chiddy Bang. The song, which had gone No. 1 all over the world, was released here in June but failed to make an impact on the chart.

Not to worry, though. Murs is coming back with a new Flo Rida collaboration called “Troublemaker,” the first single off his upcoming Right Place Right Time, due in April 2013. The song and album have both already hit the top of the charts in the U.K., and with a little luck, “Troublemaker” could find a spot on the U.S. charts. We’ll see. The song heads to radio in January.

We recently sat down with Olly after a show in New York City to hear a bit about his style, trying to make it in America, and his take on his fellow British pop stars.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: For people that don’t know your music, how would you describe it?
OLLY MURS: It’s just fun music. My new music has got a more sentimental feeling toward it, but what I’ve done before has been a little bit more cheeky and a laugh.

You’re a total performer on stage. You dance, you make goofy faces… What artists inspired that sort of showmanship?
I look at Robbie Williams, Michael Buble, even Justin Timberlake. And James Brown, Michael Jackson — there are so many over the years that I’ve look at and admired, so I don’t know where I get my, sort of, swag — that’s the word now, isn’t it? — I don’t know where I get it from. I just enjoy performing, I enjoy entertaining crowds.

Were you a performer before you ended up on The X Factor, then?
Yeah, I used to go to pubs with my mates. We used to go to clubs. We used to just dance and perform and muck around. I never did anything as big as the X-Factor, of course. Only in front of small crowds, but it was always really fun.

Is it weird to come to come to the U.S. and answer that sort of question about your early beginnings? You just put out your third album at home, so I’m guessing you left those questions behind a few years ago.
No, not at all. I mean, when you come to the States, you’ve gotta start from scratch. It’s a new start for everyone. We’ve got to showcase my talent and try to win new fans.

So what’s next for you over here?
We’ve got some shows coming in January — three of them. So that’s a chance for the fans I’ve got in America to come and see me for the first time in a proper show. And then I’ve got my own arena tour [in the UK] next year, I’ve got my album coming out [in the US] in April, and I’ve got “Troublemaker” out right now. And then I’m doing a stadium tour [in the UK] with Robbie Williams, which is great.

Speaking of “Troublemaker,” have you actually met Flo Rida yet?
No, I haven’t actually. Things have changed so much in the past five years. Everyone just emails songs. But you know what? He loved it, recorded it, sent it back, I said yes, and he said, “Well would you want to do a song for me in the future?” I was like, “Yep!”

He’s not a bad ally to have on the chart.
What I love about Flo is he doesn’t just pick any old song to sing. He really wants a song that’s going to be a hit, and I think he knew straightaway that this was going to be a good hit, and it went number one in the U.K. and [Right Place Right Time] is number one on the album chart, so I can’t complain.

Alright, enough of that stuff. Now, onto the important questions. First up: puppies or kittens?
Oooh, I’d say puppies. I’m a big dog fan.

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram?
Twitter. Twitter’s the most impressive, I think. It’s fun, and it’s an easier way of accessing people.

Favorite book?
I’d probably say The Hobbit.

Let’s talk British pop music. Who deserves to have a comeback: Samantha Mumba, BBMak, or S Club 7?
BBMak would be good. They were good lads. I remember buying one of their songs, but I don’t remember what it was!

Alright, you toured with One Direction this year. Name the top three selling One Direction dolls of 2012 in order, as reported by The Sun.
I reckon Harry sold the most.

Nope.
He didn’t? Wow.

It’s changed. Harry used to sell the most.
Then Niall. Niall sold the most.

Correct.
I reckon Harry is second and Louis is third.

Close, but you switched Louis and Harry.
Wow, so it’s Niall, then Louis, then Harry? Wow.

Yeah, but Liam is still in last, and he lost one percent. Okay, when you’re in a down mood: Coldplay or Keane?
Keane.

If you were in a spinoff group called the Spice Boys, what would your name be?
Clumsy. I’d be Clumsy Spice.

Adele, Florence Welch, or Emeli Sande?
Adele, of course. Who wouldn’t pick Adele? She’s amazing.

And there you have it, folks! Are you a fan of Olly? Do you think either he or “Troublemaker” will be able to make it in the States?

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Watch Will.i.am and Britney Spears' collaboration 'Scream & Shout' -- VIDEO

It’s Britney, b****.

Don’t blame me for the very 2007 intro. Britney herself once again gives us her “Gimme More” greeting identifier/ declaration in the video for “Scream & Shout,” a new will.i.am song featuring Ms. Spears.

Britney is rocking some very “Stronger”-esque outfits (and hair!) in the vid for this club thumper, but alas, Spears’ dancing is subbed out for some angry stomping.

Will.i.am, for his part, does his best to get it started with a KING crown and plenty of technological devises, before performing some futuristic slow-mo running and watching approvingly as the back-up dancers party on.

Check it ouw-eh-oh-eh-oh-eh-owt below! (Warning: Mature): READ FULL STORY

'X-Factor' winner Melanie Amaro releases debut single 'Don't Fail Me Now'

It’s been a full eight months since Virgin Islands belter Melanie Amaro was crowned the inaugural winner of the U.S. version of The X-Factor.

Today, the singer, who earned a $5 million contract with Epic Records head L.A. Reid, has released her debut single online.

The track, titled “Don’t Fail Me Now,” is a bit of a mishmash, featuring a thumping club beat, soaring diva notes (some of which sound seemingly and unnecessarily Auto-Tuned), techno flourishes, and a bevvy of inspirational-slash-romantic lyrics.

All of it leaves me a little confused — is she singing about her man, or The Man Upstairs? On the bright side, I’m weirdly charmed hearing the word “feet” sung in bell-clear falsetto so many times.

Listen to the tune below:

What do you think?

More on EW.com:
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Astro becomes second ‘X Factor’ contestant to sign with L.A. Reid

British pop star and U.K. 'X Factor' judge Cheryl Cole won't try to crack the U.S. market, she says

U.K. singer and near-miss-U.S. X Factor judge Cheryl Cole revealed Tuesday in an interview with London’s Daily Star that she has no plans to break into the U.S. pop music scene, crushing the dreams of her Stateside “soldiers” (you can’t be a pop star in 2012 without naming your fan base).

Cole is a star to millions outside the U.S. who know her as a member of Girls Aloud, a U.K. girl group formed through the reality show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. Here, she’s mostly known for being unceremoniously booted from the American version of The X Factor and replaced by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger only weeks before the show’s debut. Little reason was given for cutting Cole, who was a judge on the original U.K. edition of the show and had already taped initial audition rounds in the U.S. — other than the fact that Cowell said she looked “uncomfortable” on the panel.

Since then, Cole has been working on her her third studio album, A Million Lights, due June 18 in her home country. This week, she also announced a string of fall tour dates to support the album, but not a single one finds Cole crossing the pond to promote the album here.

It’s a shame, really. If Rihanna can find success with “We Found Love,” Cole’s new single certainly has it what it takes. “Call My Name,” also produced by Calvin Harris, is loaded with hypnotic synths and a humming, subwoofer-rattling bass line. More importantly, its video features a kick-ass dance routine that involves the kind of booty shaking, crotch grabbing, and hard-to-follow footwork that Stateside pop stars’ hits are habitually made of: READ FULL STORY

Astro becomes second 'X Factor' contestant to sign with L.A. Reid's Epic Records

Is The X Factor going all American Idol on us?

The 15-year-old rapper Astro, who was eliminated from the competition on Dec. 1, has just announced that he’s inking a deal with Epic Records — just like his fellow runner-up Chris Rene did yesterday.

Astro, whose full fake name is Astronomical Kid and full real name is Brian Bradley, was an early favorite among fans thrilled by the bespectacled emcee’s preternatural talents. But the Brooklyn-based teenager eventually lost the crowd due to rampant cockiness and a televised tantrum, during which he pouted, “I really don’t want to perform, I feel it’s unnecessary.”

After Astro’s run ended, many wondered whether he’d get picked up by one of his own idols, namely Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. But L.A. Reid — who mentored Astro on the show and also runs Epic — took the bait instead. Maybe the real way for X Factor contestants to win a record contract is to impress Reid?

How about you, reader — are you impressed by the one-two punch of Chris Rene and Astro getting major-label deals? Do you think Astro will live up to his hype? And are there any other contestants you’d like to see get signed? We know you’re out there, Rachel Crow Nation!

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'X Factor' runner-up Chris Rene signs record deal with Epic -- EXCLUSIVE

American Idol semi-finalists aren’t the only ones getting record deals these days.

Chris Rene, X Factor’s third-place finisher last season, has just told EW exclusively that he’ll be officially signing to Epic Records.

“I’ve dreamt about this moment my whole life,” says Rene. “And now its here. Working with L.A. Reid — ‘Big Homie’ –  is a dream come true; he’s a great man,” Rene continued, referring to his X Factor mentor, who also helms the label.

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