Randy Jackson knows a couple of ways you can become a big pop music star. One is to submit yourself to his judgment (and that of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and milliions of viewers at home) and win ''American Idol.'' The other is to follow the more traditional path outlined in his upcoming book. Hyperion announced on Monday that it's publishing Jackson's manual for pop stardom, called, ''What's Up, Dawg?: How to Become a Recording Star,'' in January 2004.
Before he began letting the ''dawgs'' out with every utterance on ''Idol,'' the Grammy-winning Jackson had spent 20 years in the music industry as a bassist, a producer, and as a label executive at Columbia Records and MCA Records. ''Yo, Dawg, if you read one book about the long, hard journey to success in the music industry, this is the one to read,'' Jackson said in a statement. ''I'm going to keep it real about what it takes to make it in one of the toughest industries in the world.''
Fellow ''Idol'' judge and record exec Cowell also has a guide to success in the music business coming out this winter; his ''I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But…'' is due from Broadway Books on Dec. 2. Yo, dawg, where's Paula's book deal?