1. Zach Sobiech, Terminally Ill Singer Who Channeled His Story Into 'Clouds', Dies at 18

    May 21, 2013 11:58 PM EDT Zach Sobiech, the aspiring young artist who recorded “Clouds,” an inspirational song which dealt with his battle against a rare and terminal form of cancer, has succumbed to his illness. Sobiech, who was just 18, finally lost his battle this week with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. But not…

  2. No Background Check on Michael Jackson's Doctor, Says Lawyer

    May 21, 2013 9:22 PM EDT AEG Live LLC did not conduct any background checks or supervise the doctor who was later convicted of killing Michael Jackson, a corporate attorney testified Tuesday in a lawsuit claiming the concert promoter was negligent in hiring the physician. AEG Live General Counsel Shawn Trell told…

  3. 'The Voice' Top 10 Critique Song Choices, Talk Most Stressful Moments

    May 21, 2013 4:40 PM EDT The top 10 finalists of "The Voice" came out with performances Monday that ranged from acceptable to polished, a sign that in its fourth season, "The Voice" may have its strongest overall class yet. Based on Monday's show, observed live inside the studio on the…

  4. AEG Attorney: Kenny Ortega Worked Without Contract on Jackson Concert

    May 20, 2013 9:35 PM EDT Michael Jackson's doctor was not the only person working on the singer's ill-fated "This Is It" tour without a fully executed contract, a corporate attorney for concert promoter AEG Live LLC testified Monday. The tour's director Kenny Ortega was being paid based on…

  5. Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio Join 'The X-Factor' as Judges

    May 20, 2013 7:54 PM EDT In the continuing game of singing competition musical chairs, "The X-Factor" announced its new lineup of judges in preparation for the show's return this fall. According to a report from Entertainment Weekly , longtime Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland and Latin star…

  6. Madonna Humbly Accepts Top Touring Artist Trophy at Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2013 11:10 PM EDT "It took several international villages to put my show together," pop icon tells the BBMA crowd. Thanks to the worldwide success of her MDNA Tour, Madonna was honored as the Top Touring Artist at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, held on Sunday night (May 19) at the MGM Grand…

  7. 'The Voice' Bringing Back Original Coaches for Season 5

    May 17, 2013 7:48 PM EDT Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who have been on the NBC singing competition since its inception, will be reunited with Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green in the red chairs when "The Voice" returns in the fall, it was announced Friday. The Hollywood Reporter previously reported in…

  8. Candice Glover Q&A: 'I'm Ready to Work'

    May 17, 2013 8:36 AM EDT After being crowned winner of "American Idol," Candice Glover headed to the backstage press area where she greeted a sea of reporters. The South Carolina native took the podium to discuss overcoming her nerves of singing with Jennifer Hudson, performing her new single in tears,…

  9. Emeli Sandé Takes Two Trophies at the Ivor Novello Awards

    May 17, 2013 6:27 AM EDT Emeli Sand é was the big winner Thursday at the 58th Ivor Novello Awards, held in central London. Sand é ’s “Next to Me” was the only multiple winner on the day, collecting honors for best song musically and lyrically, and the PRS for Music award for most performed work. The Scottish singer…

  10. Candice Glover Wins 'American Idol' Season 12

    May 16, 2013 10:29 PM EDT Third time's a charm for Candice Glover. The South Carolina native, on her third "American Idol" after auditioning in seasons 9 and 11, became the first female winner of the show since season 6's Jordin Sparks, scoring the largest number of votes to defeat runner-up…

  11. 'American Idol': Top 12 Moments of Season 12

    May 16, 2013 6:10 PM EDT It's between Kree Harrison and Candice Glover for the "American Idol" season 12 crown. But remember, two came out of thousands who auditioned to begin with, giving viewers plenty of performances and moments throughout the year that made this season of "Idol"…

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: Who Came Out on Top After Final Performances?

    May 15, 2013 11:57 PM EDT For the first time since 2004, two ladies squared off for the "American Idol" crown in its penultimate episode, the final show before the results are announced and the winner of the competition's 12th season is revealed. Both finalists, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison,…

  13. Candice Glover 'Still in a Daze' After Earning 'Idol' Finale Spot

    May 14, 2013 7:41 PM EDT Candice Glover is no stranger to the “American Idol” stage. The Charlotte, North Carolina, singer auditioned for season nine, failing to make the cut after Simon Cowell commented that he couldn’t see her being anything but a lounge singer. In season 11, Glover came back for another round…

  14. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  15. 'Idol' Finalist Kree Harrison on Making the Finale: 'It Hasn't Sunk In'

    May 13, 2013 7:36 PM EDT Kree Harrison is headed to the "American Idol" finals, where she will compete against Candice Glover to become this year’s champion and the beneficiary of a major label recording contract. The Nashville-based “Idol” contestant began singing at the age of three when she belted out…

  16. Lauren Alaina Debuts 'Barefoot' Single, Eyes Album for Later This Year

    May 10, 2013 3:52 PM EDT Lauren Alaina, debuted a sassier side of herself when she took the "American Idol" stage on Thursday to perform her new single "Barefoot and Buckwild." Prior to the performance, she introduced the song on a video interview, explaining that she was excited to be back on…

  17. What's Next for Randy Jackson After 'American Idol'?

    May 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT The goal of “American Idol,” a dozen seasons ago when it started, was to create stars out of unknowns. It did so for Simon Cowell, perhaps the most famous A&R man on the planet, who has surrounded himself with television and music projects here and in the U.K. since his days as a judge…

  18. Angie Miller Q&A: On Her 'Shocking' Elimination, Randy's Exit and Her Post-'American Idol' Plans

    May 10, 2013 8:49 AM EDT It's official. Candice Glover and Kree Harrison are headed to the finale next week where one will be crowned the next American Idol. While the duo advanced, it was revealed that 19-year-old Boston-native, Angie Miller, would be sent home . The studio audience gasped during Thursday&…

  19. Angie Miller Eliminated on 'American Idol' While Candice, Kree Press On to Finale

    May 09, 2013 10:53 PM EDT Angie Miller first became a frontrunner on "American Idol" when she took a turn behind the piano and performed an original song, "You Set Me Free," during the show's Hollywood rounds. The judges were full of praise, and the 19-year-old Massachusetts native, who…

  20. 'American Idol': The Randy Jackson Era Is Over

    May 09, 2013 6:03 PM EDT It’s official: Randy Jackson is leaving American Idol. The longtime judge and last remaining member of the original panel, which featured Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, exits the program after 12 seasons. "Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of…

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