1. 'American Idol' Music Should 'Support the Singers,' Says Bandleader Ray Chew

    March 09, 2011 4:11 PM EST The final 13 "American Idol" contestants got their first chance to work with Jimmy Iovine's stable of top-name producers last week, and on the episode airing tonight (Mar. 9), they sang songs by their own personal "idols." Paul McCartney , Michael Jackson , Shania…

  2. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Cee Lo Green

    March 04, 2011 5:55 PM EST 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. FLYING OBJECT Hi…

  3. 'American Idol' Reveals Top 13 Finalists of Season 10

    March 03, 2011 11:10 PM EST "American Idol" revealed its Top 13 contestants of Season 10 on Thursday night (Mar. 2), as the judges added three wild card picks -- Stefano Langone, Ashton Jones and Naima Adedapo -- to the 10 finalists chosen by voters at home. PHOTOS: 'AMERICAN IDOL' TOP 13 Scotty…

  4. 'American Idol': Pia Toscano, Lauren Alaina & Thia Megia Wow the Judges

    March 02, 2011 9:46 PM EST Wow, what a difference a TV mix can make. Watching last night's broadcast of "American Idol's" Top 12 guys was a good reminder of the stark contrast between how the performances feel in the studio and how they actually sound to the viewer at home. It may be something…

  5. 'American Idol' Top 12 Guys Offer Promising Start

    March 01, 2011 10:50 PM EST Season 10's first show with a studio audience isn't exactly live. To work out the Top 24 kinks a little while before the Top 12 (or is it 13? Or maybe 15?) kicks into gear, the producers tape these early episodes without the usual time constraints or production pressures. There'…

  6. 'American Idol' Top 24 Revealed

    February 24, 2011 11:56 PM EST "American Idol" season 10 finally has its top 24. After weeks of auditions and a drama-filled Hollywood round, judges Steven Tyler , Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson unveiled the two dozen finalists who will face off for fans' votes starting next week, adding 19 more future…

  7. 'American Idol' Top 24 Reveal Kicks Off After Mixed Beatles Auditions

    February 24, 2011 9:31 AM EST The season 10 contenders still standing all boarded a bus bound for Vegas on Wednesday night's episode. Their first stop: Cirque Du Soleil's Love stage, where all 61 hopefuls were tested on their Beatles prowess (many failed), and later, a "spectacular hangar" (Seacrest…

  8. 'American Idol' Top 5 Beatles Performances, from Paul McDonald to Haley Reinhart

    February 24, 2011 9:00 AM EST The second hour of last night's "American Idol" was full of dramatic pauses and sweaty palms, as Steven Tyler , Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez began deciding who was going into the Top 24. Fortunately, the first hour of the episode let the contestants stretch out their vocal…

  9. Justin Bieber Wins MVP at NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    February 19, 2011 2:21 PM EST J ustin Bieber finally won a trophy in L.A. The teen singing sensation, who was shut out at the Grammys, was chosen most valuable player despite playing for the losing team in the NBA All-Star celebrity game on Friday night. Bieber had eight points, four assists and two rebounds for the West…

  10. Ask Billboard: Who Could Break "Glee"'s Record?

    February 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST 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. WHO COULD BREAK …

  11. Hollywood Week Heats Up 'American Idol' With Dreaded Elimination Rooms

    February 18, 2011 8:30 AM EST Part three of Hollywood Week on "American Idol," which aired last night (Feb. 17), began dramatically enough, with Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson "laying it all out on the table" in the form of a final judgment to this first major hurdle. It would all lead…

  12. 'American Idol' Top 5 Hollywood Auditions, from Casey Abrams to Ashton Jones

    February 17, 2011 11:16 PM EST After a drama-filled group round last night in "Hollywood," the remaining "American Idol" hopefuls were narrowed down from 100 to 60 with their final solo auditions. It was a solid night all around, with Casey Abrams and John Wayne Schulz cementing their frontrunner status…

  13. 'American Idol' Top 5 Group Auditions, from Lauren Alaina to Jacee Badeaux

    February 17, 2011 12:30 AM EST Things certainly got interesting in the second, two-hour installment of Hollywood Week on "American Idol," as the group performances brought out the high drama between contestants. Between group changes, in-fighting, Bruno Mars covers and Steven Tyler singing a few notes of his own,…

  14. 'American Idol': Bruno Mars Rules, Jacee Badeaux Cries in Drama-Filled Hollywood

    February 16, 2011 11:35 PM EST It was all Bruno Mars , almost all of the time on "American Idol's" Hollywood group round episode Wednesday night (Feb. 16), as nearly half of the contestants pinned their hopes on the breakout pop crooner's earnest melodies. Mars' solo Hot 100 No. 1 singles "…

  15. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' '3' Decades of No. 1s

    February 11, 2011 7:25 PM EST 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. BRITNEY SPEARS&…

  16. Ask Billboard: What-The-Forget Is Going On?

    January 28, 2011 5:35 PM EST 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. WHAT-THE-FORGET…

  17. 'American Idol' Top 5 Milwaukee Auditions, from Chris Medina to Scott Dangerfield

    January 26, 2011 11:45 PM EST After five long days without an "Idol" fix, Steven Tyler , Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson returned in Milwaukee for two hours of powerful and painful performances. Some singers absolutely nailed genre exercises in country, rock or R&B; other performers found out that opera…

  18. Lil Kim Imitates Nicki Minaj, Says Diddy Not Loyal

    December 20, 2010 10:43 AM EST Lil Kim hit up New York Hot 97's Angie Martinez show on Friday (Dec. 17) and chatted about, you guessed it, Nicki Minaj , Diddy , and other juicy topics. Watch the clip below in which she imitates Nicki. Video: Lil Kim imitates Nicki Minaj "Just because I been in the game for a…

  19. Nicki Minaj: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 12, 2010 2:20 PM EST On the surface, Nicki Minaj is a cartoon: a vivacious, va-va-va-voom 26-year-old girly girl with a fondness for silly voices, hip-hugging Barbie-doll costumes, anime facial expressions and day-glo accessories. But three years ago, Minaj, born Onika Maraj and raised in Jamaica, Queens, was…

  20. Behind The Scenes: Nicki Minaj, "Right Thru Me"

    October 04, 2010 11:18 AM EDT Nicki Minaj shot her new video for her latest single, "Right Thru Me," and Entertainment Tonight was on set to catch some behind-the-scenes action. Nicki explains the concept of the track and says it's one of her most personal songs to date. Video: Nicki Minaj, "Right Thru…

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