The Morning Mix: The US ‘X Factor’ Beefs Up Its Grand Prize

Becky Bain | August 8, 2011 5:00 am

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:: The grand prize for The X Factor has altered slightly — instead of receiving a record deal worth $5 million, the winner will get a record deal and $5 million in cash. Never has it paid so well to be a singing reality show contestant. [Billboard]

:: Jay-Z and Kanye West top the list of hip-hop BFFships. [Vulture]

:: As if the new Ice Age movie wasn’t already filled to the brim with currently-trending pop music names (Nicki Minaj, Drake and Jennifer Lopez will all lend their voices to the animated movie), Glee‘s Heather Morris has also been cast as a “Gossip Girl”. Wouldn’t that be Gossip Sloth or some other prehistoric creature? [PopDust]

:: John Mayer is looking quite Depp-ly. [Socialite Life]

After the jump, find out which music acts will be appearing on the tube today. Music On TV: :: Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) — Panic! at the Disco :: Tonight Show with David Letterman (CBS) — Drive-By Truckers (repeat) :: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) — Eric Church :: Conan (TBS) — Imelda May :: Lopez Tonight (TBS) — Joe Jonas :: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) — My Chemical Romance