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Simon Cowell (born 7.10.1959)
Simon Cowell is an English music management executive, as well as a television presenter, best known for judging shows such as American Idol, The X Factor and Pop Idol.

Childhood: Simon Cowell was born in Brighton and raised in Elstree, Hertfordshire. His work in the music industry was kick-started by his father, Eric, who was a music industry executive, as well as an estate agent. His mother, Julie, was a ballet dancer.

After leaving Dover College before sixth form, Cowell had a number of casual jobs but failed to settle in any of them. Eventually, his father got him a job at the mailroom at EMI Music Publishing.

Early Career: Simon Cowell utilized his father's influence to work his way up in the music industry, eventually forming E&S Music with Ellis Rich, boss of EMI. E&S had a number of hit singles in the UK.

Cowell went on to work with Fanfare Records, who released Sinitta's debut single 'So Macho', which sold over half a million copies, as did her album Rondo Veneziano. Fanfare also forged a lucrative relationship with Stock Aitken and Waterman, the legendary pop producers of the 1980s. When Fanfare experienced financial difficulties in 1989, Cowell was in debt and forced to move back in with his parents.

Climbing his way back to success, Simon signed a number of high profile acts to S-Records, including Five, Westlife, Sonia and Curiosity Killed The Cat. He was also responsible for the release of a number of novelty songs by acts such as the Teletubbies, Zig and Zag and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In 2002, he set up Syco Records, which is home to artists such as Il Divo and Leona Lewis.

In 2004, Cowell formed the operatic pop group Il Divo who went on to be a huge success. He followed this by creating a child version of the group, named Angelis.

TV Judge: Simon Cowell was signed up as a judge on the first series of Pop Idol, in 2001. The next year, he was also signed up to judge American Idol. He is renowned for his harsh comments towards contestants and often gets booed by the live audiences on the shows.

2004 saw the first series of The X Factor shown on ITV. The show has been the subject of much tabloid gossip, with judge Louis Walsh being fired from the show and re-hired for the fourth series. There has also been tension between Sharon Osbourne and Danni Minogue. Osbourne has been replaced in the sixth series by Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud.

In 2006, Simon Cowell masterminded the US TV show American Inventor.

The American NBC network showed America's Got Talent, gaining around 12 million viewers. The British version, with Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan on the panel, debuted in 2007.

The ITV show Grease Is the Word also has Simon Cowell on board as an executive producer. The show aimed to find the next actors to play Sandy and Denny in the West End production of Grease.

Other Ventures: Cowell's autobiography, I Don't Mean To Be Rude, But. was published in 2003.

Simon's voice has been used in a number of cartoons, including The Simpsons, Family Guy and Shrek 2.

Personal Life: Simon Cowell began dating Terri Seymour in 2002. In 2006, it was rumoured that he was also dating the model Jasmine Lennard, but both Cowell and Lennard deny the claims.

It has been reported that Simon Cowell earns over £54 million per annum.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Simon Cowell Is Standing By Ant McPartlin As He Goes Through Rehab


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Simon Cowell has declared that he will stand by ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ host Ant Mcpartlin as he goes through rehab.

McPartlin, 41, announced back in June that he was entering rehabilitation for drug and alcohol issues. He had admitted to his wife Lisa, and his best mate and professional partner Declan Donnelly, that he had been suffering a painful knee injury and from fertility issues.

Now, 57 year old Cowell, Ant’s television boss and whom he has known for years, has spoken out in his defence and praised his courage in going public with his issues.

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Snoop Dogg Bootlegs Jay-Z Album


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Snoop Dogg bootlegged Jay-Z's new album.

The 'Drop It While It's Hot' hitmaker is very impressed with '4:44' but admitted that, because he doesn't use Tidal - Jay's own streaming service, which exclusively released the record - he had to rely on someone sending him an illegal copy of the LP as he couldn't access it on iTunes.

He shared on social media: ''I wanna shoot a shout out to Jay-Z, just dropped another motherf***in' hot album, '4:44'.

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Simon Cowell Organising Charity Single For Grenfell Tower Fire Victims


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‘The X Factor’ music mogul Simon Cowell has confirmed that he is organising a special charity single to help raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The 57 year old music industry legend announced via Twitter on Wednesday night (June 15th) that he was “making calls” among his hundreds of contacts to try to gets as many artists as possible to appear on the single. One Direction and Little Mix are among the high-profile artists signed to his Syco label.

Simon CowellSimon Cowell is organising a charity single for the Grenfell Tower fire victims

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Simon Cowell Accused Of Sexism After Remark About 'BGT's Josephine Lee


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Simon Cowell incurred the wrath of several viewers last night when he complimented a female ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ contestant on her appearance but not her act, saying that she had “nice legs”.

30 year old magician Josephine Lee scored well with ‘BGT’ fans watching at home with her performance during Wednesday night’s show (May 31st), which was notable because she was conducting her tricks not to a background tracking of music, but to a spoken-word voiceover soundtrack about female empowerment.

Judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden all praised Lee, but Cowellwas not impressed with her performance. “I don’t think you’ve got the showmanship. I get it you’re a girl – you don’t want to be the assistant but I got a bit sick of it.”

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Niall Horan Hopes Simon Cowell Doesn't Hate Him After Quitting Record Label


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Niall Horan has risked incurring the wrath of Simon Cowell by quitting the music mogul’s record label Syco, the imprint to which his former group One Direction are signed, for a new deal on Capitol Records.

It’s a bold move for Horan, parting ways with the person who discovered him on ‘The X Factor’ all those years ago, but it’s one that other members of the group have already done in pursuit of their own solo careers over the last year or so.

Niall HoranNiall Horan has quit Syco

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Mel B at the kickoff for NBC's "America's Got Talent" Season 12 held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Pasadena, California, United States - Tuesday 28th March 2017

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Mel B and Melanie Janine Brown

David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly on the red carpet for the London auditions for 2017 Britain's Got Talent held at the Palladium - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 29th January 2017

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David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon
David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon
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David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden
David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Ant Mcpartlin, Declan Donnelly, Ant and Dec

Not Willing To Take Simon Cowell's Shtick, Britain's Got Talent Act Walk Off Stage


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‘Britain’s Got Talent’ head honcho Simon Cowell was left staggered after one of the acts auditioning for a place in this year’s series simply walked off stage, rather than remain to face criticism from him.

A report emerging on Friday (January 20th) claims that the extraordinary reaction came during auditions this week in Blackpool, when a 37-strong choir called Dale Divas had attempted to impress the panel of judges, headed by Cowell, with a version of Adele’s ‘Rolling In the Deep’.

Britain's Got Talent 2017 JudgesThe 'Britain's Got Talent' judges were in Blackpool this week

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'X Factor' Winner Matt Terry Signs With RCA Over Simon Cowell's Syco Label


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Matt Terry was crowned the winner of this year’s ‘X Factor’ on Sunday night, beating singer Saara Aalto and landing a £1 million record deal.

But unlike previous winners, Matt not been signed by Simon Cowell’s Syco Records, instead choosing to ink a deal with a different Sony label, RCA Records.

Matt TerryMatt Terry has signed with RCA rather than Syco

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Honey G Confirms She's Signed With Simon Cowell's Record Label


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Honey G didn't manage to make it to the finals of this year’s ’x factor’, but no contestant was given as much press as the wannabe rapper from Harrow.

Now the 35-year-old has confirmed she’s signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco, and even hinted that her debut album is on the way.

Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell at the 2016 The Pride of Britain Awards held at The Grosvenor Hotel, London, United Kingdom - Monday 31st October 2016

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Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell at the 2016 The Pride of Britain Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel, London, United Kingdom - Monday 31st October 2016

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Simon Cowell Takes Dig At Niall Horan Over Solo Single


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Simon Cowell has taken a dig at One Direction’s Niall Horan, after he failed to reach number one with his debut solo single.

Horan’s ‘This Town’ is at number nine in this week’s singles chart, while James Arthur, who is signed to Cowell’s Syco label, is at number one with 'Say You Won't Let Go'.

Simon CowellSimon Cowell has taken a cheeky swipe at Niall Horan

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James Arthur Tops UK Singles Chart With 'Say You Won’t Let Go'


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James Arthur has topped the UK singles chart this week with ‘Say You Won’t Let Go', firmly cementing his comeback.

The singer won the ‘X Factor’ in 2012, but after a series of controversies he was dropped from Simon Cowell’s Syco label. However, after rebuilding his career and public image, Arthur was resigned by the music mogul earlier this year.

James ArthurJames Arthur is back on top of the UK singles chart.

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Simon Cowell seen posing alone and with Terri Seymour at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 11 live show held at Dolby Theatre, California, United States - Tuesday 2nd August 2016

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Simon Cowell

Date of birth

7th October, 1959

Occupation

Businessman

Sex

Male

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