1. Former 'American Idol' Judge Randy Jackson Joins Faction Talent Management Services

    January 31, 2017 8:00 AM EST Former American Idol judge and veteran music manager Randy Jackson is joining Faction, a next-generation technology-enabled talent management services company, according to a release. Jackson -- who recently signed YouTube star Christian Collins -- will join a growing roster of 25 manager…

  2. YouTube Star Christian Collins Signs Management Deal With Randy Jackson

    December 18, 2016 3:25 PM EST Randy Jackson is set to launch Canadian YouTube star Christian Collins through a new management deal that will guide the release of a new EP and tour in 2017, the former American Idol judge tells Billboard . Jackson first learned of Collins -- who has amassed 30 million followers and 4…

  3. Harry Connick Jr., Randy Jackson to Co-Host Benefit Concert for Louisiana Flood Victims

    August 26, 2016 8:40 PM EDT Harry Connick, Jr.  and  Randy Jackson  are teaming up to bring aid to their home state of Louisiana. The former American Idol judges are set to co-host Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief on Labor Day (Sept. 5). The live broadcast will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in…

  4. 'American Idol': Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, David Cook & Constantine Maroulis on Possible Return

    April 09, 2016 3:07 AM EDT If host Ryan Seacrest is to be believed, Thursday night's (April 7) finale was not the end for American Idol , it's just the end "for now." 'American Idol' Finale: Inside Phillip Phillips' Contentious Return With that in mind, Billboard caught up with…

  5. Epik High Talk U.S. Tour, Getting Randy Jackson's Co-Sign & Being 'Afraid' of Yoko Ono: Watch

    June 19, 2015 3:10 PM EDT In the midst of their 2015 North American tour -- the largest K-pop tour in years -- Epik High came to the Billboard studios to share their goofy attitudes and some of their experiences from their first trek American trek since 2009. While fans responded to the tour dates with an extreme zeal…

  6. Harry Connick Jr. Says Reinvented 'American Idol' Has 'Ridiculous Amount of Talent'

    January 08, 2015 4:19 AM EST Has American Idol found its next superstar? Judge Harry Connick Jr. said based on what he has seen in auditions, the 14th season of the Fox singing competition is in good shape. "We are trying to find someone who can sell records and become a big superstar," Connick told The…

  7. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the…

  8. Randy Jackson Exits 'American Idol'

    November 11, 2014 7:12 PM EST He's been with the show for all 13 seasons. American Idol is losing one of its last remaining original players. Randy Jackson , who has been with the Fox series since its start, will exit the singing competition, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Top 100 'American Idol'…

  9. Report: Randy Jackson's Wife Files for Divorce

    September 26, 2014 3:57 PM EDT One year after leaving American Idol , Randy Jackson is facing another major life change: His wife of 18 years, Erika Jackson, has filed for divorce, according to TMZ. Citing irreconcilable differences, TMZ says his wife is looking for "full physical custody and joint legal custody…

  10. Harry Connick Jr. on 'American Idol': 'It's a New Show'

    December 19, 2013 7:48 PM EST New season of FOX singing competition premieres in January American Idol’s season 13 premiere is less than a month away, and new judge Harry Connick, Jr. promises that the deck is not stacked for either a guy or a girl winner. The 46-year-old singer spoke with reporters on a production break…

  11. When Harry Met J. Lo: 'American Idol' Releases Official Photo of the 'Dream Team'

    September 04, 2013 9:28 AM EDT Fox released the first official photograph of the new "American Idol" judging panel on Tuesday, and it's a happy one. FOX The photo, which was taken on the first day of the Boston auditions for season 13, was released just hours after the network confirmed that Harry Connick…

  12. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, 'The Long Way': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 06, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds have come a long way since 2008, as exemplified in their new song "The Long Way." The track is the first single off the soul-rock band's upcoming EP "Fight," produced by Randy Jackson and expected for release in the fall.  On…

  13. Randy Jackson to Produce Smokey Robinson Duets Album

    July 02, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Randy Jackson has lined up his first gig since leaving "American Idol." The former TV judge is teaming up with Motown icon Smokey Robinson for a duets album due out in the fall. Jackson will produce the collection, which will be released by Verve Records. The track list is…

  14. Jennifer Hudson in Talks to Judge 'American Idol'

    May 27, 2013 5:22 PM EDT The American Idol season 13 judges panel is starting to come together. A source close to the dealings tells The Hollywood Reporter that former finalist Jennifer Hudson is in negotiations to fill one of the three seats. Vulture had previously reported that she was in the running as part of…

  15. 'America Got It Right,' Say 'Idol' Judges: Watch

    March 08, 2013 11:55 AM EST "American Idol" has a new top ten, and no doubt viewers at home have strong opinions on whether the right crop was picked. Billboard caught up with two of the judges on the red carpet last night to glean how they were feeling about the picks. 'American Idol' Top 10…

  16. Why 'American Idol'? Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj Talk Paths to TV

    January 10, 2013 4:30 PM EST Rapper says it took an endorsement by Lil Wayne to convince her to take the job Just a reminder: "American Idol" returns for Season 12 on January 16. That means we only have a week to see if the infamous Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj feud will live up to it's hype and for Keith…

  17. Randy Jackson to Debut Guitar Collection on HSN, Talks 'Idol' + New Mariah Carey

    December 04, 2012 10:30 AM EST Randy Jackson is gearing up for a busy 2013 that will see him return for an eleventh season as the longest continuous judge of "American Idol" as well as the release of an album from new "Idol" judge Mariah Carey, whom he also managed. But before his 2012 wraps up, Jackson…

  18. True Blood's Janina Gavankar: Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 26, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Singer-Actress Talks 'Waiting for Godot,' Her 'Strange' Version of a Frank Ocean Song & Her Upcoming EP As anyone who encountered Janina Gavankar 's rework of Kanye West 's "Love Lockdown" a couple years ago knows, the actress is as much a…

  19. Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj Feud a 'Joke,' Says 'Idol' Source

    October 04, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Is it a publicity stunt or the sort of bitter animosity that could derail America's most-watched show? With the arrival of on-set video showing "American Idol" judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey practically at each others' throats, the show's fans are mulling that…

  20. Nicki Minaj 'Still Considering' Reality Show

    September 26, 2012 9:27 PM EDT An "American Idol" judging gig, a new perfume, an upcoming fashion line and an album re-release of "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" -- one would think Nicki Minaj has enough on her plate. But the multi-talented MC hinted that she may let more cameras into her life in an…

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