1. 'American Idol': James Durbin, Scotty McCreery Spring Forward on Carole King Night

    April 27, 2011 11:30 PM EDT "American Idol" claimed its relevancy last week with a "Songs from the 21st Century" theme, but tonight, the show decided to hop back in the Delorean and dig into the catalog of classic pop songwriter Carole King . Now, don't get me wrong -- I love Carole King's…

  2. Katy Perry's 'E.T.' Returns To No. 1 On Hot 100

    April 27, 2011 2:40 PM EDT K aty Perry 's "E.T.," featuring Kanye West , flies back to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 to be released tomorrow (April 28) on Billboard.com, while a song from the album atop the Billboard 200 roars to the Hot 100's runner-up rank, both titles fueled by exposure…

  3. Tweets Of The Week 4/23/2011

    April 23, 2011 8:10 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @TVonTheRadio : We can't thank you all enough for the…

  4. Billboard Bits: Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' Out June 21, Tyler the Creator Golfs in 'Goblin' Promo

    April 22, 2011 7:04 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lil Wayne Releasing 'Carter IV' on June 21 After originally pegging "Tha Carter IV" with a May 16 release, Lil Wayne will release his much-anticipated next album on June 21, according to Young…

  5. 'American Idol': 25 Things You Didn't See on TV

    April 22, 2011 11:27 AM EDT The Top 7 elimination episode was an emotional roller coaster if ever there was one -- from the exuberance that comes with hearing a Coldplay song on the "American Idol" stage to the highly anticipated debut of David Cook 's new single (score!) to the sad reality that somebody…

  6. Stefano Langone Booted on 'American Idol,' Katy Perry & Kanye Perform

    April 21, 2011 10:17 PM EDT Stefano Langone sang his swan song on tonight's (Apr. 21) "American Idol," as the singer, who's been on the chopping block repeatedly, was eliminated from the competition. After 52 million votes were counted, according to host Ryan Seacrest, Langone was sent to the bottom…

  7. Ask Billboard: From 'S&M' To Disney Acts

    April 15, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. RIH-GARDING RIH…

  8. Paul McDonald Voted Off 'American Idol,' Kelly Clarkson Returns

    April 14, 2011 10:09 PM EDT On tonight's (Apr. 14) "American Idol," Nashville-based rock singer-songwriter Paul McDonald became the first male contestant eliminated from show's tenth season since fan voting began last month. 'American Idol': Jacob Lusk Stays Out of Trouble, Lauren Alaina…

  9. 'American Idol': Jacob Lusk Stays Out of Trouble, Lauren Alaina Keeps Climbing

    April 14, 2011 12:35 AM EDT Still mourning Pia Toscano's untimely exit from "American Idol"? Well, I'm sorry to say that tonight's show won't help you get over the Celine Dion -esque singer from Queens. The top 8 tackled songs from the movies on Tuesday's performance episode, and let&…

  10. Pia Toscano Voted Off 'American Idol' in Shock Elimination

    April 07, 2011 9:24 PM EDT "American Idol" favorite Pia Toscano was voted off the competition Thursday night (April 7), in a shocking elimination episode that left her fellow contestants distraught and the judges vocally expressing their dismay. "I have no idea what just happened here. I'm shocked.…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: INXS, Britney Spears, Elton John

    April 07, 2011 4:05 PM EDT WE LOVE THE '80s, PART 1: INXS returns to Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "Original Sin," featuring Rob Thomas , opens at No. 48. The song bookends the band's Dance/Club Play Songs discography, as the original "Original Sin" introduced the group…

  12. 'American Idol': Paul McDonald Goes Crazy for Johnny Cash on Rock Night

    April 07, 2011 12:30 AM EDT The tone for this oh-so-strange, rock-themed "American Idol" performance night was set from minute one by Steven Tyler , who kissed his own wax bust in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and alluded, we assume, to smoking purple haze. (After he told the god-awful "Band on the Run…

  13. Elton John Chastises Kings of Leon Over 'Glee' Feud

    April 01, 2011 5:30 PM EDT E lton John thinks Kings of Leon should have let " Glee " use their music. "There's a big debate going on about the 'Glee' thing at the moment. A lot of bands say they don't want their stuff on 'Glee.' It's like, 'Lighten up, you assholes…

  14. 'Idol' Castoffs Thia and Naima Talk Eliminations, Final Performances

    April 01, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Two more ladies fell in "American Idol's" 10th season last night (Mar. 31), as Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo were both eliminated at the end of last night's episode. Their farewells came after Wednesday night's Elton John -themed performance episode, and while Thia…

  15. Naima Adedapo, Thia Megia Voted Off 'American Idol'

    March 31, 2011 9:56 PM EDT While last week's "American Idol" elimination saw Casey Abrams saved by the judges , tonight's (Mar. 31) episode sent two contestants packing, with nine remaining. 'American Idol': Hailey Reinhart, Stefano Langone Nail Elton John Classics The show's pattern…

  16. 'American Idol': Haley Reinhart, Stefano Langone Nail Elton John Classics

    March 31, 2011 12:40 AM EDT "It's an insane amount of pressure for these guys to endure," Ryan Seacrest said about the Top 11 contestants in season 10 at the beginning of the two-hour "American Idol" episode tonight (Mar. 30). The host couldn't have been more right: the singers stepped onto…

  17. Ask Billboard: They Write The Songs (And Sing Them, Too)

    March 25, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. THEY WRITE THE…

  18. B.o.B. Drops 'No Future,' Odd Future Diss Track

    March 25, 2011 9:20 AM EDT Not everyone is an Odd Future fan. Rapper B.o.B. released a diss track Friday morning (Mar. 25) taking aim at the Los Angeles rap collective, on which the Atlanta rapper seethes, "Keep f**kin' with me you ain't gon have no future." B.o.B, "No Future" "No…

  19. 'American Idol': Jacob Lusk, Pia Toscano Go for the Glory on Motown Night

    March 23, 2011 11:55 PM EDT The stakes are always high on "American Idol," but when Top 11 week rolls around, there's an added layer of pressure. Why? Because everyone knows that the next-best prize to winning is up for grabs -- make the top 10, and you get to go on tour. This season, Top 11 week also…

  20. Karen Rodriguez Voted Off 'American Idol,' Top 11 Remain

    March 17, 2011 9:50 PM EDT After once again being voted into the "American Idol" bottom three alongside two female singers, Karen Rodriguez could not survive this week's competition and was voted off during the elimination episode on Fox tonight (Mar. 17). Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo joined…

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