1. Bloc Party Shakes Off Breakup Rumors, Comes Back Strong on 'Four'

    August 21, 2012 1:00 PM EDT ''Come on, New York City, we didn't come back from the dead for this!" Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke chided the stock-still crowd two songs into the U.K. band's set at Terminal 5 on Aug. 7. The taut, hit-strewn performance was the first of three nights headlining…

  2. Nas Bows at No. 1 with 'Life is Good'

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Life Is Good" bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin with around 125,000. Nas…

  3. 'Dark Knight Rises' Soundtrack Flying Towards Top 10 on Billboard 200

    July 20, 2012 9:15 PM EDT The blockbuster film "The Dark Knight Rises" may not only take over the weekend box office, but also Billboard's music charts. The film's score soundtrack album, by Hans Zimmer, may debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 next week. Industry sources say the set is on…

  4. American Idols Live! Tour Kicks Off with High-Energy Detroit Show

    July 07, 2012 12:50 PM EDT The "American Idol" finalists reward after a grueling season of competition? A summer "vacation" spending 11 weeks on the road together. But at least there are no longer judges or mentors, no caustic comments, no fan votes. And Ryan Seacrest exists solely in video form.…

  5. Phillip Phillips on 'Idol' Tour, Album: 'It's Gonna Be a Long Summer'

    July 03, 2012 11:15 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips has already started recording his debut album, and he has high hopes that it will be all or fully comprised of his own songs. "We've recorded a pretty good bit so far," Phillips, who's now preparing for the American Idol…

  6. 'American Idol' Recap: Heejun Han Sent Home

    March 30, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Heejun Han brought an unmatched flavor to "American Idol" this season, but entertainment does not always equal overall success. Wednesday night marked the arrival of a more serious Heejun, a foil to the charismatic, lively singer of the previous week. But while his performance of…

  7. 'American Idol' Recap: The Top Nine Emulate Their Own Idols

    March 29, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Randy Jackson likes to use the phrase "in it to win it" to describe contestants on "American Idol" who put in a heavyweight performance. It's always been a strange saying, since you'd expect ALL contestants to be, in fact, in it to win it. But on Wednesday night …

  8. 'American Idol' Recap: Erika Van Pelt Voted Off, New Look & All

    March 23, 2012 9:50 AM EDT Erika Van Pelt began the week with a totally new look, courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger. She ends the week leaving "American Idol," courtesy of the American public. After failing to connect with audiences since her time on the contest began, the 26-year-old mobile DJ decided to go with a…

  9. 'American Idol' Recap: In a Billy Joel State of Mind

    March 22, 2012 10:50 AM EDT In a world where pre-packaged musical artists are becoming more and more prominent every year, there's something to be said for staying true to oneself, as a certain "American Idol" contestant did on Wednesday night (Mar. 21). Phillip Phillips, "American Idol's"…

  10. 'American Idol' Top 11: Bad Song Choices and Disqualifications

    March 15, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Jermaine Jones, the proclaimed "gentle giant" who was brought back to the show after being eliminated prior to the semifinals, was announced Wednesday night (March 14) to be off "American Idol" -- for good this time. His elimination follows the revelation of a previously…

  11. Slash, Billy Corgan Take a Ride Down 'Sunset Strip'

    March 12, 2012 11:30 PM EDT In Hans Fjellestad's "Sunset Strip" documentary, several of his talking heads declare the mile and a half stretch of Sunset Boulevard dead in 2005 after Tower Records closed. Clive Davis and Lou Adler eulogize the store's closing, Ozzy Osbourne rambles on about Tower'…

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Sanchez Soars in (Lackluster) 400th Episode

    March 08, 2012 9:00 AM EST Gee, for the 400th episode of "American Idol," that was... sort of lackluster, eh? The singing competition celebrated the milestone with the Top 13 taking the stage to perform the tunes of two singing icons. To the credit of "Idol," the producers tried to up the drama to…

  13. 'American Idol': Meet Your Top 13 Singers

    March 02, 2012 10:00 AM EST Following two nights of performances from the male and female semi-finalists, "American Idol" returned Thursday night (March 1) to whittle the number of contestants down to 13. A few of the singers still standing may surprise you. That said, most won't. Though it was a night of…

  14. 'American Idol' Top 25: Male Round Led by Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon

    February 29, 2012 12:05 PM EST "American Idol" has finally rolled into the voting rounds, in which fans -- for the most part -- control the fates of the remaining 25 singers on the show. If Tuesday night's male semi-finalist show is any indication, the decision in 2012 will be a tough one. Top 24 '…

  15. 'American Idol' Season 11: Meet Your Top 24

    February 24, 2012 11:15 AM EST With 10 spots remaining prior to Thursday's "Idol," the cuts promised to be deeper than ever before. From young, budding stars to returning contestants, who made it through and who was sent home would be a question of both raw talent and who was able to impress the judges…

  16. 'Idol' Drags Out Top 24 Announcement, Reveals First 14

    February 23, 2012 11:40 AM EST "American Idol," the land of prolonged, dramatic pauses and shattered dreams. Wednesday night (Feb. 23), the singing competition announced the first 14 of its Top 24 finalists that will move on to the live shows starting next week. Along the way, we were treated with Randy Jackson,…

  17. 'American Idol' Recap: Down to 42 in Sin City

    February 17, 2012 10:40 AM EST For the second straight year, "American Idol" rolled in to Las Vegas for a few days of sun, fun and... oh yeah, cuts. Lots and lots of cuts. Perhaps it's the way the producers have set up some of this season's clips, but the eleventh season of "Idol" may truly be…

  18. 'American Idol' Group Round: Not for the Faint of Heart

    February 16, 2012 11:45 AM EST Finally, some singing! Following the most disease-stricken episode "Idol" has ever seen , the show returned Wednesday (Feb. 15) with that all-important element that sets this competition apart from, say, a straight-up reality show: talent. The evening was spread out over two hours,…

  19. 'Idol' Hollywood Night 2: Down With the Sickness

    February 10, 2012 10:30 AM EST Let's be real here -- nothing of note really happened on "Idol" Thursday night. True, it was an hour-long show, and sure, the always-important selection of groups for the always-entertaining Group Round took place. But really, what happened ? First, we learned that last night&…

  20. 'Idol' Hollywood Week Begins: A Whole Lot of Ups & Downs (Literally)

    February 09, 2012 11:40 AM EST Soooo... how about the ending of last night's "Idol"? It wouldn't have mattered if the performances on last night's first edition of Hollywood Week had featured the most talented crop of young singers the show had ever seen (for the record: it didn't), all thanks…

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