Despite the massive success of the Fox TV show "American Idol," creator Simon Fuller tells Billboard his "ambitions for the show have been realized." Fuller is looking ahead to several other music-based TV projects, including "World Idol," which he says will air before the end of the year, and a telethon, "Music for Britain."
The sales showdown between "American Idol" singers Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard will continue with the release of their respective albums on the same day, Billboard.com has learned. According to the RCA Music Group, the company has set an Aug. 19 release date for both albums, whose titles are to be determined. RCA Music Group chairman Clive Davis will executive produce both sets.
2000 - Industrial supergroup the Damage Manual is forced to scrap its North American tour, due to what an Invisible Records spokesperson describes as "continued processing delays of the band and crews' U.S. visas.
Less than two weeks after At The Drive-In broke up in 2001, Omar Rodriguez and Cedric Bixler had formed the Mars Volta. Without even hearing a note of their new endeavor, major labels began making calls.
Rappers Ludacris, Da Brat and Bow Wow and R&B vocalist Amerie will appear at the second annual Celebrity Classic next weekend in Washington, D.C. Presented by New York radio personality/BET VJ Big Tigger's Street Corner Foundation, the three-day event will raise funds for the Ummah Endowment Fund's HIV/AIDS work.
Chart-topping "American Idol" debuts from Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard may have knocked 50 Cent from his No. 1 perch on Billboard's Hot 100, yet the rapper still makes two appearances in the top-5. 50's "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dogg had owned the top slot for four straight weeks, but is pushed to No. 3 on this week's chart.