1. 'Idol' Star Allison Iraheta on Scoring a Backup-Singing Gig on the Show

    March 24, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Only one finalist in the history of American Idol has returned to the show as a paid member of the production staff: season eight alum Allison Iraheta , who joined the crew in season 13 as a backing vocalist for musical director Rickey Minor. Now on her third year positioned side-stage, the…

  2. 'American Idol' Alum Allison Iraheta's Band Halo Circus Teams Up With RoadNation for Crowdsourced National Tour

    February 08, 2016 11:00 AM EST “It was perfect timing for us because we want to expand beyond Los Angeles.” Halo Circus , the four-piece outfit that includes American Idol season 8 alum Allison Iraheta , launches a campaign today for its first national tour, scheduled to begin in May. The band has teamed up with a new…

  3. Billboard Bits: M.I.A. Still Promises Free Show, Don Imus Preps 'Ranch Record'

    September 08, 2010 6:35 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. M.I.A. Still Promising Free Show M.I.A. has scheduled a show in New York City for Sept. 27, but the set will not be free, despite the singer's promise that she will hold a free NYC concert to amend for a…

  4. Chart Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Avenged Sevenfold, Usher

    August 05, 2010 4:05 PM EDT SWEET AND STICKY: Sugarland 's "Stuck Like Glue" affixes itself to the Billboard Hot 100 , arriving as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 20. The song is the 222nd in the Hot 100's history to enter inside the top 20. (The first was Herman's Hermits' "Mrs. Brown You&…

  5. Exclusive: 'Idol's' DeWyze, Bowersox Sign Record Deals

    May 27, 2010 6:28 PM EDT It hasn't even been 24 hours since Lee DeWyze was crowned this year's "American Idol," but already he and his runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, have signed their record deals. DeWyze is signed to 19 Recordings Limited and RCA Records, while Bowersox is signed to 19 Recordings…

  6. Adam Lambert Announces 'Glam Nation' Tour Dates

    April 27, 2010 11:03 AM EDT A dam Lambert fans should get ready to see a whole lot of black leather, lasers and eyeliner up close, as the "American Idol" alum today (Apr. 27) announced the dates for his headlining "Glam Nation Tour." Lambert's trek kicks off June 4 in Wilkes Barre, Pa. and will…

  7. Lady Antebellum Returns to No. 1 On Billboard 200

    March 10, 2010 11:51 AM EST L ady Antebellum 's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade 's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2, while six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last October. Listen to Lady Antebellum's "Need You…

  8. 'American Idol' Sends Home Haeley Vaughn, Jermaine Sellers, Michelle Delamor, John Park

    March 04, 2010 9:21 PM EST "American Idol" viewers sent four more contestants packing on Thursday night (Mar. 4), as Haeley Vaughn, Jermaine Sellers, Michelle Delamor and John Park were eliminated from the competition. After the entire "Idol" top 20 performed the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta…

  9. 'American Idol' Eliminates Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodriguez, Janell Wheeler, Joe Munoz

    February 25, 2010 9:21 PM EST "American Idol" voters said goodbye to the first four contestants of season nine on Thursday night (Feb. 25), eliminating Janell Wheeler, Joe Munoz, Ashley Rodriguez and Tyler Grady. The eliminations followed two shaky performance nights that saw nearly all of the top 24 "Idol…

  10. Video: 2009 Chart Stars Talk 2010 Plans

    December 30, 2009 2:19 PM EST As chart stars like Ke$ha, Jay Sean, Adam Lambert and Wyclef Jean descended upon New York this holiday season, Billboard's cameras caught up with them at Z100's Jingle Ball concert and at the Vevo launch party to find out their personal highlights of 2009 and their big plans for…

  11. Eva Longoria Parker To Usher In New Year's With Billboard

    December 16, 2009 11:08 AM EST Actress Eva Longoria Parker will join host Carmen Electra for Billboard's New Year's Eve Live special which is airing Dec. 31 from 11:00 PM to 12:30 AM on Fox. As previously reported, American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen , Idol finalist Allison Iraheta , and Sean Kingston…

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Cast, Colbie Caillat, Sade

    December 10, 2009 5:29 PM EST 'LAST'-ING IMPRESSIONS: Although it has become a modern-day holiday standard - it ranks at No. 13 on this week's Holiday Songs chart, between carols by Paul McCartney and Gene Autry - Wham! 's "Last Christmas" never charted on the Billboard Hot 100. It was…

  13. Kris Allen, Sean Kingston To Play Billboard New Year's Special

    December 07, 2009 10:00 AM EST Carmen Electra will host Billboard's New Year's Eve Live special airing Dec. 31 from 11:00 PM to 12:30 AM on Fox. American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen , Idol finalist Allison Iraheta , and Sean Kingston are set to perform at the event, which will broadcast live from Las…

  14. Boyle v. Bocelli on the Billboard 200, Chris Brown Can't Let Go

    December 04, 2009 7:07 PM EST In Friday's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, it's a battle of crooners as Andrea Bocelli 's "My Christmas" may usurp Susan Boyle 's "I Dreamed A Dream" in the top position on the Billboard 200. Other artists set to do well include…

  15. Boyle, Bocelli Battle For Next Week's No. 1 Album

    December 04, 2009 1:16 AM EST On next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, the sweet sounds of Susan Boyle 's album "I Dreamed a Dream" may be replaced by the holiday tunes of Andrea Bocelli as the latter's "My Christmas" set could rise to the top. Industry prognosticators suggest that U.K…

  16. Video: Kara DioGuardi Looks Ahead To 'Idol'

    November 25, 2009 1:22 PM EST Kara DioGuardi's written plenty of pop hits, turning love woes and triumphs into catchy hooks for everyone from Pink to Cobra Starship , Britney Spears to Kelly Clarkson and more. But when asked to pick her all-time favorite song from the pack, she doesn't hesitate for a second. …

  17. Kris Allen: The Billboard Cover Q&A

    November 20, 2009 1:10 PM EST 'American Idol' season-eight champ talks about his new album, his upcoming tour - and what he learned from Wikipedia. Plus: The Adam Lambert Billboard cover feature and video. Skip To: Kris Allen Q&A | Adam Lambert feature One year ago, Kris Allen was attending the University of…

  18. 'Idol' Alum Jason Castro Plots Tour

    September 29, 2009 4:20 PM EDT J ason Castro -- the original dark horse contestant on "American Idol" who finished fourth in 2008 -- is hitting the road for a national mall tour in support of his self-titled debut. The Texas singer-songwriter's trek begins Oct. 12 in Minneapolis, Minn. before wrapping Nov.…

  19. 'Idol' Finalist Danny Gokey Signs Record Deal

    September 02, 2009 12:07 PM EDT It took him a bit longer than his fellow contestants, but "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey has landed a record deal. The 29-year-old Wisconsin native -- who finished third on the show behind Kris Allen and Adam Lambert -- has inked a recording contract with 19 Recordings and RCA…

  20. Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta Close To Finishing Debut Albums

    August 31, 2009 2:05 PM EDT There's no rest for the signed on the American Idols Live! tour -- just ask runner-up Adam Lambert and fourth-place finisher Allison Iraheta, who are using any down time on the road to continue working on their debut albums, which are both due in November. Lambert tells Billboard.com…

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