Perhaps we are entering a new cold front in our emotional weather
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Friday 27 November 2009
The success of Susan Boyle provides an interesting metaphor for the decline of manufacturing in the information stage of late capitalism.
Friday 27 November 2009
The invention of "Operatic Pop" may be Simon Cowell's musical legacy. Togged up in Armani, the quartet Il Divo here run through their repertoire – pop ballads like "Nights In White Satin", "Without You" and "My Way" given Italian translations and belted out with orchestral accompaniment – in front of 20,000 fans in Barcelona.
Tuesday 10 November 2009
X Factor judge Simon Cowell may have saved John and Edward, but today he blasted them as "deluded" and declared: "They're not aware how bad they are."
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Simon Cowell's former girlfriend was granted a temporary restraining order against a woman accused of choking her outside the American Idol finale.
Wednesday 04 March 2009
The Three Tenors with boy-band looks, singing The X Factor's karaoke songbook: the equation Simon Cowell made to arrive at Il Divo seems simple enough. Thirty million album sales later, the sum adds up, commercially. But for the three thirtysomething opera singers and one minor French pop star who answered Cowell's latest talent search, something rings hollow. The opera men – American tenor David Miller, Swiss tenor Urs Buhler and Spanish baritone Carlos Marin – were established singers, committed to honing their art, before being able "to pay my rent for a year", in Buhler's words, diverted them. That was five years and four albums ago. Il Divo is their artistic life now: operatic vocals shorn of opera's epic emotional sweep, but gifted with a huge audience. Unlike the desperate hopefuls Cowell toys with on TV, these men have given something up to be here, and know it. Every note is compromised. But within Il Divo's weird musical shackles, they give everything they can.
Wednesday 25 February 2009
Simon Cowell's camp has denied he is planning to have his body frozen after he dies.
Thursday 20 November 2008
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Saturday 11 September 2004
In the greatest battle of the moguls since the days of Akbar the Great, Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls' Svengali, yesterday declared war on his former ally, Simon Cowell, the self-styled sultan of swing.
Sunday 21 December 2003
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Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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