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Iovine's effect on Idol

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Idol changed drastically when Jimmy [Iovine] came on. In the old days, it was like musical jump rope where the contestants would do a different style every week. Inevitably, everybody had at least one horrible performance. Jimmy said, 'Let's get these people to sing who they are.' " —Michael Orland, says the show's longtime arranger and associate musical director, to The Hollywood Reporter’s Shirley Halperin in her massive preview of season 12. Pointing to the successes of Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips, Idol’s last two winners, since the show made a deal with UMG, Halperin notes, “With Universal Music handling distribution and marketing, the show, more than ever, offers a legitimate launchpad to insta-success.” (1/4a)

NEAR TRUTHS:
THE HOUSE WINS
I.B. Bad handicaps the Vegas Grammys. (1/18a)
ON THE COVER:
THE LUMINEERS
The downside of BRIGHTSIDE for Wes and Jer (1/18a)
HITS LIST MAKES
THE PLAYOFFS
A bunch of All-Pros takes the field. (1/18a)
COACHELLA LINEUP: HARRY, YE, BILLIE AND THE WHOLE THING
The poster has been printed. (1/13a)
UTA: A YEAR OF MOMENTUM
Agency reshuffles the deck. (1/18a)
I DON'T WANNA WORK
I just wanna bang on my drum all day.
I HAVE A HANGOVER
I like to call it "2021."
I DON'T WANNA HAVE A MEETING
My Zoom backgrounds are all outdated.
I MISS CHRISTMAS
When's the next holiday that involves eggnog?
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