1. Daughtry Goes Back To Clubs For New Album Launch

    June 30, 2009 12:36 PM EDT Going back to the clubs to launch his band's sophomore album in August is neither foreign nor unwelcome for Chris Daughtry. Before he became a finalist on "American Idol," Daughtry tells Billboard.com, "we played the clubs all the time, just like so many other bands. All I…

  2. Daughtry: Town Where You Belong

    June 12, 2009 3:42 PM EDT Chris Daughtry is famous—hard not to be, what with the "American Idol" thing and the heartthrob thing and Grammy Award nomination thing and the gazillion records sold thing. But he still tries to be a normal guy. He runs errands when he's home in North Carolina; a favorite…

  3. Chart Beat: Yoko Ono, Taylor Swift, Marilyn Manson

    June 04, 2009 3:27 PM EDT NO PARKING ON THE DANCE FLOOR: Midnight Star's '80s classic of that title could describe all the action on Hot Dance Club Play this week. Yoko Ono ascends to her fifth No. 1, and third in-a-row, as "I'm Not Getting Enough," credited to Ono, rises 3-1. The song follows…

  4. Ask Billboard: Kelly Clarkson, UB40, LeAnn Rimes, Tim McGraw

    May 29, 2009 3:12 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CUBAN STARS Hi Gary, Always a pleasure to read your column, one of the things…

  5. Lambert And Allen To Sing For 'American Idol' Crown

    May 19, 2009 9:56 AM EDT A showy musical theatre actor and his clean-cut acoustic guitar-playing rival get their last chance to woo viewers and votes on Tuesday night in the final performance episode of U.S. television talent show "American Idol." After 100,000 people auditioned last summer and five months…

  6. Chart Beat: Paula Abdul, 'Epiphany', Frank Sinatra and more!

    May 14, 2009 4:07 PM EDT HEY PAULA (AND DAUGHTRY AND MICHAEL): Twenty years ago this week, Paula Abdul moved into the Billboard Hot 100 penthouse with her second No. 1, "Forever Your Girl." (Her first, "Straight Up," held on for a final frame at No. 90). Fast-forwarding to the present, only one…

  7. Gokey Out As 'Idol' Final Showdown Looms

    May 14, 2009 7:13 AM EDT Danny Gokey was sent home by "American Idol" viewers on Wednesday in an elimination that set the stage for next week's showdown between the last two singing contestants on America's most-watched television show. Gokey, 29, a widowed church music director from Wisconsin,…

  8. May 10, 2009

    May 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Rocker Chris Daughtry gets voted off Season Five of “American Idol.” 2003 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “American Life,” Madonna. 1999 – Artist/author/songwriter Shel Silverstein, 66, is found dead in Key West, Fla. 1994 – Weezer releases its debut, the self-titled “blue” album. 1991 –…

  9. Allison Iraheta Hopes To Follow In ‘Idol’ Alum Chris Daughtry’s Footsteps

    May 07, 2009 6:26 PM EDT Allison Iraheta knows that winning isn’t everything. Though the 17-year-old singer was eliminated from “American Idol” Wednesday night (May 6) after a record-breaking 64 million votes were tallied, she’s looking to another fourth-place "Idol" finisher, Chris Daughtry, for…

  10. Daughtry, No Doubt, Slash On Tap For 'American Idol' Rock Week

    May 01, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Chris Daughtry is set to debut new material on the show that made him famous. The singer announced today (May 1) that his band Daughtry will return to "American Idol" on May 6 to perform its new single, "No Surprise," during the show's Rock Week, which will also…

  11. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, Julianne Hough, Barack Obama, Darius Rucker

    March 19, 2009 3:05 PM EDT MOST 'WANTED' : Kelly Clarkson's fourth album, "All I Ever Wanted," arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 255,000, granting the original "American Idol" her second chart-topper. She first reigned with her 2003 debut, "Thankful," which…

  12. Chart Beat: Eminem, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, Jennifer Hudson

    February 12, 2009 12:54 PM EST 'BOTTLE' ROCKETS TO NO. 1: The calendar year isn't even two months old, but for the second time in 2009, a song has catapulted to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from the bottom 25 positions. Just two weeks after Kelly Clarkson set the all-time record by teleporting 97-1 with …

  13. Kara DioGuardi Drops 'American Idol' Hints

    January 08, 2009 6:03 PM EST She's the new kid on the block, but she's ready for the spotlight. The newest judge on "American Idol," songwriter-producer Kara DioGuardi, gave reporters a preview of what to expect during the eighth season of the show, which debuts Jan. 13 on Fox. 1. She's keeping…

  14. Chart Beat

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from David Cook, Donna Summer, Jody Watley and more! 'TIME' IS ON HIS SIDE: The longest run of No. 1s by solo females in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart is over. After a 36-week reign by Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" (19 weeks),…

  15. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent year to appear on a Billboard chart, following…

  16. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the longest consecutive run at No. 1 by solo…

  17. Chart Beat: 'Mamma Mia!', Kimberley Locke, Willie Nelson

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from "Mamma Mia!", Kimberley Locke and Willie Nelson. HERE WE GO AGAIN: If the reaction of the audience at last night's American premiere of "Mamma Mia!" the movie is any indication, the soundtrack is going to sell a lot of copies once…

  18. Chart Beat

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, Ray J, Annie Lennox and more! SPIRITUAL: Leona Lewis' "Spirit" (SyCo/J) floats onto The Billboard 200 at No. 1, the first debut album by a solo British-born artist to enter the chart in pole position. Lewis is only the second British-born solo female…

  19. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. solo female artists of the rock era. "…

  20. Billboard Bits: 'Idol Gives Back,' Rites Of Spring, Yaz

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bono, Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus, Fergie and former contestants Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood will join forces for the second "American Idol" charity show, which will air April 9 on Fox. Bono, Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus, Fergie and former contestants Chris Daughtry and Carrie…

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