1. Ca$h Out Talks L.A. Reid, 'Cashin' Out' Success & Next Single

    May 22, 2012 12:40 PM EDT A little more than three years ago, Ca$h Ou t was standing across from a Clayton County judge, anxiously awaiting his fate for a gun charge. Today, he's celebrating the success of his single, "Cashin' Out," and his subsequent signing to Epic Records. "I took [my gun…

  2. 'American Idol' Recap: Joshua, Hollie Steal '60s/Britpop Night

    May 03, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Five remain on the 11th season of "American Idol," and the competition has rarely been this fierce. Weeks ago, it seemed as though the show had its clear favorites. The Dave Matthews -loving Phillip Phillips was touted as a future star almost every week, as was alt-rocker Colton…

  3. 'American Idol' Recap: The Songs of Queen, Plus a Few Surprises

    April 26, 2012 11:30 AM EDT The surprise elimination of Colton Dixon during last week's "American Idol" must have shocked the remaining hopefuls into going for broke, because Wednesday night's (April 25) edition featuring the top six was a tough one to judge -- even for the judges themselves. The…

  4. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?, Continued

    April 22, 2012 12:05 PM EDT More reader views on Madge, plus a tribute to Dick Clark, whose 'American Bandstand' helped launch her career. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  5. 'American Idol' Recap: Colton Dixon Sent Packing in Major Upset

    April 20, 2012 9:20 AM EDT Two weeks, two "Idol" contestants unexpectedly facing elimination. Unfortunately for Colton Dixon, he had the misfortune of earning the distinction the week after the judges' one and only save was used, thereby becoming no more than the seventh-place finisher of season eleven.…

  6. 'American Idol' Recap: Hopefuls Take on Old Soul, New Hits

    April 19, 2012 10:25 AM EDT The old met the new on Wednesday night's (Apr. 18) "American Idol," and if the juxtaposition between the performances of soul classics and post-millenium No. 1 hits indicate anything, it's that old-time soul does not fit in some of the top seven's vocabularies, while…

  7. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?

    April 15, 2012 6:05 AM EDT Some fans aren't quite pleased with the Queen of Pop's new material. Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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,…

  8. 'American Idol' Recap: Judges Save Jessica Sanchez

    April 13, 2012 10:00 AM EDT With the talented crop of singers that is "American Idol's" top seven, one had to think the judges could have been considering using their one and only save from elimination Thursday night (Apr. 12). But one may never have guessed they'd show their hand so early. After…

  9. 'American Idol' Recap: Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez Shine on 'Modern' Tunes

    April 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT The night "American Idol" contestants sing modern songs is always an intriguing episode because, hey, the music's relevant for once! Make no mistake -- I'm not discounting the allure of the past and belting out tunes that older viewers will recognize, but it's always…

  10. 'American Idol' Recap: Oh Yes It's '80s Night

    April 05, 2012 10:15 AM EDT It was '80s Night on Wednesday's "American Idol," and for the most part, the remaining eight finalists paid solid tribute to the decade of decadence, tapered jeans and big hair. Among the highlights: Jessica Sanchez covering Whitney Houston (again) on "How Will I Know…

  11. '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 …

  12. '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"…

  13. SXSW 2012: 10 Things Seen and Heard Friday

    March 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Who forgot their lyrics? Who had synchronized dance moves? And who had Bill Murray rocking out in the crowd? Here are 10 things from Friday's South By Southwest that you might have missed -- even if you were in the audience. 1. As he promised, Tom Morello turned his Friday night showcase…

  14. '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…

  15. White Lion: A Video Tribute!

    March 15, 2012 11:05 AM EDT If 'American Idol' contestant Colton Dixon can remember the pop/metal band, why can't we? Kudos to "American Idol" finalist Colton Dixon for performing White Lion 's obscure song "Broken Heart" on last night's (March 14) episode. How obscure? The…

  16. '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…

  17. '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…

  18. '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 '…

  19. '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…

  20. '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,…

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