Entertainment briefs – February 1

Paula Abdul says she’s leaving The X Factor after one season as a judge on Simon Cowell’s singing contest.

Fox: Abdul exiting ’X Factor’

LOS ANGELES — Paula Abdul says she’s leaving The X Factor after one season as a judge on Simon Cowell’s singing contest.

Abdul announced her exit Tuesday, on the heels of the departures of X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.

That leaves Cowell and Antonio “L.A.” Reid on the judging panel. There was no immediate word from producers on who might fill the open seats.

Abdul said in a statement that she’s learned that “business decisions often times override personal considerations” and that she and Cowell remain friends.

Despite respectable ratings, X Factor has failed to achieve popularity similar to American Idol, which Cowell left to import X Factor from the U.K. to the U.S.


Adele to perform at the Grammys

NEW YORK — Adele is nominated for six Grammys, and she’ll be on deck to collect anything she wins: The 23-year-old singer is set to perform at the awards show.

Adele had surgery on her vocal cords last year, and the Grammys will be the first time she has performed live in five months, The Recording Academy announced Tuesday.

Her sophomore album, 21, has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. It is nominated for album of the year and best pop vocal album. The CD has three singles that have hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart, including Rolling in the Deep, which is up for record and song of the year.

The Grammys will air live Feb. 12 on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Adele will also perform at the BRIT Awards on Feb. 21.


Adams to do first Canuck tour in 20 years

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is touring Canada for the first time in 20 years.

The Straight from the Heart hitmaker’s last series of coast-to-coast gigs was 1992’s Waking Up the World tour.

Adams will perform 20 shows in 20 cities, beginning April 11 in St. John’s, N.L. and wrapping up June 22 in Winnipeg.

While the Vancouver-raised singer has performed acoustic shows in recent years, this will be a full-blown arena rock show.

With smash songs including Cuts Like A Knife, Summer of 69 and Heaven, Adams has toured six continents and achieved No. 1 status in over 40 countries.


Phil Jackson working on memoir

NEW YORK — Phil Jackson’s next title will be on the cover of his new book.

Penguin Press says Tuesday that Jackson, the Hall of Famer who won 11 NBA championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, is writing his memoir called Eleven Rings.

The book is scheduled to be out next year.

The 66-year-old Jackson is a 1,155-game winner whose career .704 winning percentage is the best in NBA history.

He retired from coaching after last season after the Lakers were swept in the playoffs by the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks.

Jackson previously wrote The Last Season, published in 2004.


Jobs listened to vinyl because of higher fidelity: Neil Young

DANA POINT, Calif. — Legendary rocker Neil Young took his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference Tuesday, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs.

Young said the Apple co-founder was such a fan of music that he didn’t use his iPod and its digitally compressed files at home. Instead, he used a physical format well-known to have better sound.

“Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous,” Young said. “But when he went home, he listened to vinyl (albums).”

Young told the “D: Dive Into Media” conference Tuesday that he spoke with Jobs about creating a format that has 20 times the fidelity of files in the most current digital formats, including MP3.

Such a format, he said, would contain 100 per cent of the data of music as it is created in a studio, as opposed to 5 per cent in compressed formats including Apple’s AAC. Each song would be huge, and a new storage and playback device might only hold 30 albums. Each song would take about 30 minutes to download, which is fine if you leave your device on overnight, he said.

“Sleep well. Wake up in the morning. Play some real music and listen to the joy of 100 per cent of the sound of music,” he said.

Although Young didn’t have a practical plan for developing such a format — saying it’s for “rich people” to decide — he said Jobs was on board with the idea before he died from cancer at age 56 in October.

“I talked to Steve about it. We were working on it,” Young said. “You’ve got to believe if he lived long enough he would eventually try to do what I’m trying to do.”

Young’s opinion of Jobs was confirmed by interviewer Walt Mossberg, a journalist with News Corp.’s All Things D website, which has hosted Jobs at its conferences before.

Mossberg said Jobs in the past expressed surprise that “people traded quality, to the extent they had, for convenience or price.”

Young, a 66-year-old singer and songwriter, was full of other surprising opinions, including his defence of recording labels such as his own Reprise Records, a unit of Warner Music Group Corp., as being a nurturer of artists, even as he said recording companies had botched the transition to digital music.

Young also said that “piracy is the new radio,” suggesting that illegally copying low-quality songs was an acceptable way for fans to sample music before buying higher-quality versions.

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