November 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

THE X FACTOR Top 9 Finalists Perform LIVE

on a Special Night on Tuesday, November 22

Global superstar Kelly Clarkson will make her broadcast performance debut of “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” and Grammy Award-winning artist Bruno Mars will perform his hit “It Will Rain” on THE X FACTOR results show on a special night, Wednesday, Nov. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. The special Wednesday-night installment will also feature a shocking double elimination that leaves only seven acts in the competition.


Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, Clarkson has released five studio albums, sold 10 million albums in the U.S. and landed nine Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She is the recipient of two Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Music Video Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Clarkson’s most recent effort, “Stronger,” debuted at No. 2 both on the Billboard Top 200 and Digital Albums charts. The album produced the single, “Mr. Know It All,” which marks Clarkson’s ninth Top 10 hit.


Mars is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and musician. After co-producing and performing on two of 2010’s biggest hits (B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”), Mars’ first solo single “Just the Way You Are” hit No. 1 in multiple countries across the world and earned him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Mars’ debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” has been certified 24x platinum worldwide and has produced two additional hit singles, “Grenade” and “The Lazy Song.”


Tomorrow night, on a special “Giving Thanks”-themed performance show, the Top Nine Finalists, including Girls – Melanie Amaro, Rachel Crow and Drew; Boys – Astro, Marcus Canty and Chris Rene; Over 30s – LeRoy Bell and Josh Krajcik; and last remaining group Lakoda Rayne will continue to battle it out for America’s votes, THE X FACTOR title, a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music and an iconic Pepsi commercial. Don’t miss the Top Nine Finalists perform LIVE on a special night Tuesday, Nov. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.


Tune in the following night, Wednesday, Nov. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), to the LIVE results show for special performances by Clarkson and Mars, a special Pepsi Choice Performance by the Top Nine Finalists and to witness a shocking double elimination that leaves only seven acts in the competition. Be sure to watch this can’t-miss night on THE X FACTOR, as America finds out which finalists move on in the competition and which are sent home.


Visit for up-to-the-minute news, videos and information. Become a fan of THE X FACTOR on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion at #XFactor. Also, follow the judges: @SimonCowell; @PaulaAbdul; @LA_Reid; and @NicoleScherzy.


THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Siobhan Greene are executive producers for Syco Television. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.


About Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson has earned herself millions of devoted fans thanks to her feisty, straight-talking lyrics. Clarkson’s hits such as “Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone,”  “Walk Away,” “Never Again,” and now “Mr. Know It All,” are bold empowerment anthems, which she sings to the fullest with her soulful, powerhouse voice.


As is well known by now, Clarkson first appeared on the public’s radar in 2002 during the first season of AMERICAN IDOL. Of course, Clarkson won and went on to become an international pop icon, selling over 20 million albums worldwide and notching nine Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


In addition to her recently released album, “Stronger,” Clarkson has released four prior albums including 2003’s double-platinum No. 1 “Thankful,” 2004’s 6x platinum “Breakaway” (which sold over 12 million copies worldwide, spawned five Top 10 hits and stayed on the charts for two years), 2007’s platinum-selling “My December” and 2009’s “All I Ever Wanted,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and produced the smash singles “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Already Gone.”


About Bruno Mars

Singer, songwriter, producer and musician, Bruno Mars feels most at home when he’s performing. Born to a musical family in Honolulu, HI, Mars practically was raised on the stage, due to his father, a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, having organized a Vegas-style revue that featured the entire family, including his mother, a vocalist.


As soon as he graduated high school, Mars left Hawaii for Los Angeles with dreams of launching his career as a performer. Those dreams got put on hold, however, when The Smeezingtons, the songwriting/production team he founded with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, suddenly took off. The trio has crafted major hits for a diverse roster of talent, including Flo Rida’s “Right Round”, Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”, and Brandy’s “Long Distance.”


With the 2010 release of his debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Mars has gone on to become an international star. He has sold 30 million singles worldwide, and was honored with a place on the 2011 Time 100 list. For more information, visit


January 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Grammy® Nominees B.o.B., Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe Join Together for a Special Performance

Grammy® Nominees Lady Antebellum and Muse Added to Stellar Linuep on


Current GRAMMY® Award nominees Justin Bieber and Usher with Jaden Smith; nominees B.o.B, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe; nominee Lady Antebellum and nominee Muse all have been added to the stellar lineup of performers for “THE 53rd ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS” broadcasting live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 (8:00-11:30 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.  They join previously announced performers and nominees Arcade Fire, Eminem, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, and Katy Perry.

Justin Bieber, B.o.B, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe, Muse, and Jaden Smith along with Arcade Fire and Miranda Lambert will perform on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time, while Lady Antebellum, Usher, Eminem, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry are returning to the GRAMMY stage.  All five Album of the Year nominees are now set to perform: Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Continuing in the tradition of creating great “GRAMMY Moments,” this year’s show will feature a number of special performances exclusive to the GRAMMY telecast with one-time only groupings of artists.  Among this year’s unique collaborations, mentor and five-time GRAMMY winner Usher will appear with his protégé Justin Bieber, along with Jaden Smith, in a dynamic, energetic performance.  In addition, B.o.B, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe – whose respective eclectic artistry and universal appeal is reflected in their collective 14 GRAMMY nominations this year – will perform together for the first time in a rare never-before-seen presentation.

Bruno Mars has seven nominations: two in Record of the Year for “Nothin’ on You” (with B.o.B, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Mike Wilson) and “F*** You” (with Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Manny Marroquin & Graham Marsh); Song of the Year for “F*** You” (with Brody Brown, Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine); Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Just The Way You Are”; Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song for “Nothin’ On You” (the former with B.o.B,  and the latter with B.o.B, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine); and Producer of the Year (as a member of The Smeezingtons, along with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine).

GRAMMY winner Lady Antebellum has six nods: Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Need You Now; Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best Country Song for “Need You Now.”

B.o.B is up for five awards: Record of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Rap Song for “Nothin’ On You” (the first with Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars, and Mike Wilson, the second with Bruno Mars, and the third with Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, and Bruno Mars); Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Airplanes, Part II” (with Eminem & Hayley Williams); and Best Rap Album for The Adventures Of Bobby Ray.

Justin Bieber, Janelle Monáe, Muse, and Usher each are up for two awards: Bieber for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album for My World 2.0;  Monáe for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Tightrope” (with Big Boi), and Best Contemporary R&B Album for The ArchAndroid; Muse for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “The Resistance” and Best Rock Album for Resistance; and Usher for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “There Goes My Baby” and Best Contemporary R&B Album for Raymond V Raymond.

THE 53rd ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy.  Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.

About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.  Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards – the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music – The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs.  The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture.  For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at, a Facebook fan at, and a YouTube channel subscriber at

USA: Travie McCoy – “Billionaire” ft. Bruno Mars

July 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Gym Class Heroes lead vocalist Travis “Travie” McCoy has been doing quite well with his solo single “Billionaire” which has been climbing the music charts all over the world. His music video with Bruno Mars is a pretty cool, summer-driven music video. Dig the whole beach vibe and love the music video. Definitely a music video that we dig!

DISCLAIMER: The music video has profanity so definitely NSFW.


July 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Sandra Bullock, Robert Pattinson, Leighton Meester and Ashley Greene

Among Stars Scheduled to Appear

Vote for Your Favorite Nominees Online at

Until Friday, August 6

Music sensations and TEEN CHOICE nominees Jason Derulo and Travie McCoy are set to perform at TEEN CHOICE 2010 airing Monday, Aug. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Derulo will sing his chart-topping single “In My Head,” and McCoy will perform his smash hit “Billionaire” with Bruno Mars.

Hosted by Katy Perry, TEEN CHOICE 2010 celebrates the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion. Sandra Bullock, Robert Pattinson, Leighton Meester and Ashley Greene will join previously announced participants David Archuleta, Kristen Bell, John Cena, Miranda Cosgrove, Zac Efron, Victoria Justice, Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Zachary Levi, Jim Parsons, Ryan Sheckler, Yvonne Strahovski and Shailene Woodley on the star-studded special.

Fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day for all of their favorite TEEN CHOICE 2010 nominees at

Miami-born Jason Derulo has ruled the airwaves this year with three hit singles – “Whatcha Say,” “In My Head” and “Ridin’ Solo” – from his self-titled debut album. The 20-year-old singer, songwriter, dancer and actor became the first male solo artist to score consecutive No. 1’s on Billboard’s pop songs radio airplay chart in the chart’s 17-year history with his first two entries. His third single, “Ridin’ Solo,” quickly reached platinum status, while its accompanying video has already garnered 12 million views online. Derulo has sold more than 8 million singles and 600,000 albums worldwide, and was nominated for three TEEN CHOICE Awards. This month, he hit the road as support for The Black Eyed Peas in Canada and will then headline a U.S. tour that kicks off at the end of September.

Known as the charismatic frontman of alternative hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes, Travie McCoy recently released his debut solo album, “Lazarus.” The album’s first single, “Billionaire” (feat. Bruno Mars), was named one of the Summer’s Biggest Songs by Entertainment Weekly, has already earned RIAA-certified platinum status for sales exceeding 1 million units and was nominated for a TEEN CHOICE Award. McCoy first rose to stardom in 2006 as part of Gym Class Heroes, whose RIAA-certified gold album, “As Cruel As School Children,” featured the No. 1 hit, “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast In America.” In 2007, the band was awarded Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards and Choice Breakout Group at the TEEN CHOICE Awards. Gym Class Heroes is currently at work on their next album, which is due out next year.

Singer/songwriter/producer Bruno Mars burst on the scene this year with his chart-topping collaborations with Travie McCoy and B.o.B. Mars’ debut album is set for release this fall, and his current single, “Just The Way You Are,” is out now.

TEEN CHOICE 2010 is executive-produced by Bob Bain and Michael Burg. Paul Flattery and Kelly Brock serve as producer, and Greg Sills serves as supervising producer.