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Why pop's hitman Simon Cowell had to terminate his star protégé Cheryl Cole

In British TV Simon Cowell's word is law. But in the US a higher power exists – as Cheryl Cole has just found out

Will America learn to understand Cheryl Cole?

Singer sent to voice coach after landing role on US 'X Factor'

Simon Cowell overtakes Elton John and Mick Jagger in music Rich List

Media mogul Simon Cowell has leapfrogged stars such as Sir Elton John and Sir Mick Jagger to rocket into the top 10 of music millionaires.

Gambling critics eye new Cowell show

Simon Cowell will turn Wembley into a giant casino for a roulette-based game show which could raise concerns that ITV is encouraging gambling. Seven contestants will be offered the chance to walk away with £1m or nothing – in Red or Black?, produced by Cowell's SyCo television company, in partnership with ITV.

BGT: It's like YouTube for people who don't have a computer

In the absence of Simon Cowell, Holden's hair is star of 'Britain's Got Talent'

Couple told to cool off in £400m divorce battle

In what has become one of Britain's most acrimonious and high-profile divorce battles, including walk-on roles for Simon Cowell and Sir Philip Green, a couple at war over a £400m "missing fortune" has been given six months to "cool off" after a week of bitter exchanges in the High Court.

Westlife part ways with Simon Cowell

Westlife have left Simon Cowell's record label Syco.

Simon Cowell blasts Elton John

Simon Cowell has blasted Sir Elton John for criticising TV talent shows.

Simon Cowell on diet for X Factor

Simon Cowell is going on a strict diet after piling on the pounds during a recent trip to the UK.

Hey, hey it's... three-quarters of The Monkees

The original manufactured TV band getsback together for greatest hits reunion tour

Leading article: The tale continues

Hey, hey, The Monkees are re-forming. Comebacks of 1960s pop legends are sometimes depressing affairs, done more for money than music. But this is one reunion that deserves to be welcomed because The Monkees have an important place in pop history.

Terence Blacker: How to market your child star

As the squeeze tightens, families all over Britain will be looking around for a little financial miracle to help them out. Some will be taking advantage of our newly liberated gambling laws. A few might dream of coming up with a clever invention which will triumph on Dragons' Den. Some might be looking wistfully to the older generation – surely there must be a few pennies there.

Cowell signs 10-year-old spotted on YouTube

She is only 10 years old and has already been hailed as the next Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber rolled into one. Now, after taking the internet by a storm, the Canadian has become the latest talent to be signed by Simon Cowell.

Andy Gill: A tribute to the musical world beyond Simon Cowell

Whether this comes in time to save the music industry from its ongoing implosion remains to be seen, but in some regards, this year the Brit Awards almost got things right. The attempt to come to terms with the broader constituency of music lovers should be applauded.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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