1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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. …

  4. 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…

  5. Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry To Headline Country Throwdown Tour

    November 02, 2009 12:35 PM EST The debut run of the Country Throwdown tour, the country music venture from Warped Tour producers 4fini Production, will feature Montgomery Gentry , Jamey Johnson , Little Big Town and Jack Ingram . The tour of amphitheaters, which was first tipped here May 1, will carry a concourse of…

  6. Ben Allison, "Think Free"

    October 30, 2009 3:43 PM EDT A New York underground jazz scene mainstay, bassist Ben Allison has broken away from traditional jazz into crossover hybrids and developed a distinctive voice. Allison's latest release, "Think Free," is a seamless follow-up to last year's "Little Things Run the World…

  7. Allison Moorer Brings Poetics, Piano to 'Crows'

    October 27, 2009 9:40 AM EDT A llison Moorer is planning a February release for her seventh studio album, "Crows," her label debut for Rykodisc and a marked stylistic departure from her previous work. "I really just set myself free and just threw all the rules out the window," Moorer tells Billboard…

  8. Singer Al Martino Dies At 82

    October 14, 2009 12:09 PM EDT A l Martino , a crooner who had several pop hits spanning more than 20 years and played Johnny Fontane in the 1970s "Godfather" movies, died Tuesday at his childhood home in Springfield, Pa. He was 82. He was born Alfred Cini on Oct. 7, 1927, in South Philadelphia. Encouraged by his…

  9. '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.…

  10. '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…

  11. 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…

  12. The Dead Weather, "Horehound"

    July 21, 2009 11:34 AM EDT The debut album from Jack White 's new rock band the Dead Weather was recorded quickly at his Third Man studio/label/vinyl shop in Nashville. The propulsive 11-track "Horehound" finds the White Stripes and Raconteurs frontman every bit as able on the drums as he is on guitar.…

  13. Federal Drug Agents Join Michael Jackson Investigation

    July 02, 2009 9:07 AM EDT The circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson's death have become a federal issue, with the Drug Enforcement Administration asked to help police take a look at the pop star's doctors and possible drug use. Following Jackson's death, allegations emerged that the 50-year-old King…

  14. Video: 'American Idol' Top 10 Ready To Hit The Road

    June 24, 2009 4:50 PM EDT As the American Idols Live tour gets ready to kick off its 50-city trek July 5 in Portland, Ore., Billboard sat down with this year's Top 10 contestants to talk about their struggles and triumphs during "Idol," how excited they are to finally hit the road, and their plans for…

  15. Allison Weiss

    June 15, 2009 3:39 PM EDT Being dumped by a boyfriend can cause major heartbreak. But for 22-year-old singer/songwriter Allison Weiss , the various break-ups she's survived in her short life, while still heart-rending, have inspired some jovial tunes. "I'm all about catchy, upbeat, feel good music, but…

  16. Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes / June 10, 2009 / New York (Beacon Theatre)

    June 15, 2009 11:27 AM EDT In his thirty-odd years of making music, Elvis Costello has tried on many sonic hats. Whether it’s Tin Pan Alley, straight up punk, reggae, Stax-style R&B, Tom Waits-style experimental pop, classical, opera, big band or New Orleans-style jazz, the singer/songwriter has always brought his…

  17. Allison Weiss

    June 12, 2009 3:57 PM EDT Being dumped by a boyfriend can cause major heartbreak. But for 22-year-old singer/songwriter Allison Weiss, the various break-ups she’s survived in her short life, while still heart-rending, have inspired some jovial tunes. “I’m all about catchy, upbeat, feel good music, but the one thing I…

  18. 'Idol' Finalist Allison Iraheta Signed To 19/Jive

    June 10, 2009 11:22 AM EDT On the heels of record deal announcements by Kris Allen and Adam Lambert , fellow "American Idol" finalist Allison Iraheta has inked a deal with 19 Recordings and Jive Records to release her debut album in the fall, it was announced today (June 10). The 17-year-old singer finished…

  19. Ask Billboard: Kelly Clarkson, UB40, LeAnn Rimes, Tim McGraw

    May 29, 2009 3:12 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CUBAN STARS Hi Gary, Always a pleasure to read your column, one of the things…

  20. Chart Beat: "Glee," Kris Allen, Steve Martin

    May 28, 2009 3:38 PM EDT 'GLEE' AMONG RECORD-SETTING CLUB: In a week dominated by "American Idol," it's another Fox TV-related show that spurs the biggest splash on the Billboard Hot 100. Of course, having "Idol" as a lead-in helped the musical comedy "Glee" enjoy an ample…

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