Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are teaming up with “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller to begin a new reality competition show that celebrates Latin music. In a statement released Wednesday, the couple will travel to major cities to assemble a cast of performers and create a live show called “Q’Viva! The Chosen” that will “become one of the greatest celebrations of Latin Culture that the world has ever seen,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
“This is a show for the 21st century with an unprecedented global and local story,” said Lopez in the statement. “The Latin culture is a tapestry that is rich in passion, tradition and artistry. We are going to places where all of this talent lives and wouldn’t have otherwise been discovered. This journey for me and Marc is going to be exciting and groundbreaking.”
With Fuller’s production company, XIX Entertainment, the trio will embark on a series that will be filmed in three languages and broadcast simultaneously across 21 countries in North America, Central America and South America.
“Latin music and dance is loved all over the world, but there has never been a particular show or live experience that truly celebrates its beauty and splendor,” Fuller said in the statement. “Q’Viva is that show.”
Lopez is currently serving as a judge on the tenth season of “American Idol,” where Anthony has also appeared on the show as a mentor.
There is no word yet on when “Q’Viva! The Chosen” will air.
Annie Lennox moves to Universal Music. The departure from Sony is a big deal for Lennox. Everyone of her solo and Eurythmics albums are available through Sony. The first Lennox Universal album will be the Christmas record ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’ in November. The album will feature Annie’s unique take on her favourite Christmas carols plus a new song ‘Universal Child’. “I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Island Records on my upcoming recording,” stated Ms. Lennox. “This album is something I’ve wanted to do for many years. It’s a true labour of love, and I feel very fortunate to be in partnership with such a cutting edge team, especially when I’m at a stage in my creativity when I want to diversify, and pursue my passion in my own individual way. I’ve never been part of a ‘mold,’ and Island are really supportive and appreciative of where I’m coming from. I want to make timeless music that people will love in many years to come…and I’d like to think that ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’ is going to be of those recordings.” “There are precious few artists who redefine the boundaries of popular music like Annie,” said Lucian Grainge, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group. “And we are delighted to be part of the next exciting chapter in her already storied career.” “Annie Lennox is one of world’s greatest singers,” commented Ms. Lennox’s manager Simon Fuller. “She has sold tens of millions of albums, celebrated countless hit singles and won every major award and honour there is to receive. However there is one thing she has always wanted to do and now it’s about to happen. Annie has always wanted to record an album of Christmas songs and to see this finally come to fruition is very special. Annie and I are thrilled to now be working with Island Records and all my friends at Universal around the world. We are looking forward very much to a long, happy and successful partnership for many years to come.” “The album Annie has recorded is timeless and inspiring, a very special showcase for her extraordinary voice,” added Universal Music UK chairman David Joseph. “This record is just the start of what feels like a natural, and very exciting, new partnership between Annie and Island Records.”
Simon Cowell, known in the United States for his role in bringing ‘American Idol’ to television, will be honored in his home, the United Kingdom, with a special award. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will honor Cowell for his work, especially “his development of new talent.” In the U.K., Cowell has worked on similar amateur talent shows such as ‘Pop Idol,’ ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’ Now, Cowell joins the ranks of famous Britons like Jane Tranter, Paul Watson, Paul Greengrass, Adam Curtis and Andy Harries when he receives the award on June 6. “The Academy is delighted to be presenting Simon Cowell with this Special Award,” BAFTA Television Committee Chair John Willis said. “Over the past few years he has not only helped change the entertainment landscape but has re-invented Saturday night family entertainment. His shows enable exciting new talent to shine and are the most talked-about programmes on British television. He is quite simply one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time.”
Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John have both lost £60 million in the last year. The two musical legends have felt the effects of the current economic crisis and seen millions wiped off the value of their investments, new information has revealed. Paul has been hit hard by a fall in the value of property and shares. His divorce from Heather Mills also cost him £24.3 million. However, he is still worth around £440 million.
Elton saw his fortune decline from £238 million to £175 million after losing out to the recession and giving an estimated £42 million to charity. Sunday Times Rich List Editor Ian Coxon, who compiled the list, said: “Wealthy stars have taken a similar hit to the rest of the population.” According to the list, Rolling Stones star Sir Mick Jagger experienced a 16 per cent loss, seeing his assets fall to £190 million, while Angels singer Robbie Williams is worth £80 million, down from £105 million after failing to release any new material. Coxon said: “Robbie Williams is run as a business and there has been a profit fall in 2007, so that has had a knock-on effect. He has never quite fulfilled the promise he had a few years ago. The man behind the Spice Girls, Simon Fuller, lost a staggering £150 million but is still worth £300 million.
Not all celebrities have been hit by the economic downturn. Music mogul Simon Cowell made an impressive £35 million profit, while Girls Aloud beauty Cheryl Cole, who was a judge on his hit British TV talent show The X Factor, saw her wealth rise by £2 million. Previous winner of the UK programme Leona Lewis also made £2 million, and Oasis rockers Liam and Noel Gallagher saw their earnings boosted by £7 million collectively. Topping the list of the richest people in music with £1.3 billion was Clive Calder, founder of the Zomba Music Group, which was sold to Bertelsman AG in 2002. The full 2009 Times Rich List will be released on Sunday (26.04.09).
Sunday Times Rich List top 10 music millionaires:
1. Clive Calder, £1.3 billion
2. Andrew Lloyd-Webber, £750 million
3. Sir Paul McCartney, £440 million
4. Cameron Mackintosh, £350 million
5. Simon Fuller, £300 million
6. Sir Mick Jagger, £190 million
7. Sting, £180 million
8. Sir Elton John, £175 million
9. Keith Richards, £175 million
10. Olivia and Dhani Harrison, £140 million
This season promises to be one of the best yet with new talent, a new judge and plenty of surprises along the way. Every year, tens of thousands of hopefuls from across the nation audition for a shot at stardom. The show’s judges – Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and recent addition Kara DioGuardi – traveled to East Rutherford, NJ; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Louisville, KY; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, in search of the next American Idol. They winnow down the competitors to a select group of semifinalists who sing their hearts out each week for a studio audience and television viewers.
The judges have their say after every performance, but it’s the viewing public that determines who will advance to the next round of competition and who will go home. Voting via telephone and text-messaging begins immediately after each performance show, and the results are announced during the following night’s broadcast.
Eventually the competition is narrowed down to two finalists who compete for a major recording contract and the American Idol title. Past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and recently crowned David Cook have become household names and have risen to the top of the recording industry.
Emmy Award-winning AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment. The series is executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.