The X-factor

The X-factor : How to Make it in the Pop World

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Tying in with the second series of Pop Idol due to air in spring 2003, The X-Factor, by Pop Idol's very own 'Mr Nasty', Simon Cowell, is a humorous, controversial and hugely entertaining insider's guide to the pop industry. As head of S/RCA Records at BMG, Simon is perfectly positioned to write a book about how to make it in the pop world, and there is no doubt that the acerbic tongue responsible for reducing so many of the Pop Idol hopefuls to tears with comments such as '[you sound] like Mickey Mouse on helium' and 'He has major presence. You don't. Ferrari - Skoda', will be put to task on the stars of pop. In this book Simon is going to say what he really thinks about certain bands and pop stars, who's got it and who hasn't, and will give the advice every aspiring pop star needs to know. The X-Factor will look at all aspects of the pop industry from record companies and management to choosing an image and dealing with press and promotional work, covering real-life successes and failures. Do you have to be thin and attractive? Can you rely on your personality alone? And what exactly is that elusive X-factor?
It will also have some behind-the-scenes gossip on characters and events from the first Pop Idol. Love or loathe Simon Cowell and his opinions, it cannot be denied that he is a hugely influential part of the pop world. The X-Factor will appeal to the thousands of pop-star hopefuls out there, the millions who tuned into Pop Idol, and all those who don't crave the limelight, but are intrigued by the pop and celebrity world and its goings on.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 126 x 198mm | 367g
  • Cornerstone
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099446707
  • 9780099446705

About Simon Cowell

Born in 1959, Simon Cowell always wanted to get into the entertainment business. After leaving school at the earliest opportunity, he joined EMI as a postboy and worked his way up. At the age of 29 he was approached to start his own label at BMG, which he has had ever since. The head of S/RCA Records includes Westlife and Five among his artists, as well as Will Young and Gareth Gates, the winners of the first series of Pop Idol. Simon is currently in the US filming the American version of Pop Idol - American Idol - and will return to our screens in the spring as a judge on the second series of Pop Idol. He is unmarried and lives in Holland Park, London.
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