1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. '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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Kris Allen's Road To 'Idol' Victory

    May 21, 2009 8:38 AM EDT Not much has changed about Kris Allen since his mostly forgettable "American Idol" audition. Well, except for the winning-it-all part. When the 23-year-old college student from Conway, Ark., first auditioned with Leon Russell's "A Song for You" in Louisville, Ky., he…

  8. Adam Lambert Defeated in 'American Idol' Upset

    May 20, 2009 10:48 PM EDT Kris Allen's smooth vocals and boy-next-door image propelled him to "American Idol" victory Wednesday, turning the theatrical powerhouse Adam Lambert into the most unlikely of also-rans . "I'm sorry, I don't even know what to feel right now. This is crazy,"…

  9. Kris Allen Crowned 'American Idol' In Surprise Victory

    May 20, 2009 10:10 PM EDT Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" Season 8 champ on Wednesday night (May 20), after nearly 100 million votes declared the 23-year-old Conway, Arkansas native the winner over runner-up Adam Lambert. During the two hour-plus season finale, contestants were paired with veteran…

  10. 'American Idol:' 10 Things You Didn't See On T.V.

    May 19, 2009 11:21 PM EDT Sure, countless millions watched the final performance showdown between Adam Lambert and Kris Allen on TV. But those in the audience at the Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A. got to see the show behind the showdown. What you missed: 1. The extent of Simon's wardrobe malfunction Simon's…

  11. Top 10 Highlights From ‘American Idol’ Season 8

    May 18, 2009 3:56 PM EDT From Gokey’s scream to Lady Gaga’s live performance, the best, worst, and weirdest moments from this year’s ‘Idol.’  The end of “American Idol” Season 8 is near. Glam rocker Adam Lambert and soulful folk-pop singer Kris Allen will vie for the crown on Wednesday night’s finale (May 20, FOX) ,…

  12. Allison Iraheta Hopes To Follow In ‘Idol’ Alum Chris Daughtry’s Footsteps

    May 07, 2009 6:26 PM EDT Allison Iraheta knows that winning isn’t everything. Though the 17-year-old singer was eliminated from “American Idol” Wednesday night (May 6) after a record-breaking 64 million votes were tallied, she’s looking to another fourth-place "Idol" finisher, Chris Daughtry, for…

  13. Allison Iraheta Slashed, 'American Idol' Top 3 Remain

    May 07, 2009 5:18 AM EDT "American Idol" finalist Allison Iraheta has a reason to cry. The flame-haired 17-year-old high school student from Los Angeles, who crooned Janis Joplin's "Cry Baby" for her rock performance this week, was revealed Wednesday to have received the fewest viewer votes,…

  14. Adam Lambert Does 'Whole Lotta Love' On 'Idol' Rock Night

    May 06, 2009 6:14 AM EDT The "American Idol" final four paired off to channel their inner rock stars Tuesday. The result? Some shined, some stumbled. And some things just tumbled. The remaining four singers performed duets along with their solos on the rock-themed show. But before the live telecast even…

  15. Warped Founder Planning Country Music Tour

    May 01, 2009 8:27 AM EDT Vans Warped tour co-founder Kevin Lyman plans to launch a similar tour for the country genre, and has opened an office of his 4fini Productions in Nashville to put the tour together. Lyman, who has also launched the Rockstar Taste of Chaos and Rockstar Mayhem tours, now has his sites set on a…

  16. Matt Giraud Exits 'Idol'

    April 30, 2009 7:25 AM EDT The judges could not save Matt Giraud again on Wednesday as "American Idol" fans eliminated the singer by casting the fewest votes for him this week based on his rendition of "My Funny Valentine." Giraud, 23, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was on the brink of elimination two…

  17. Colbie Caillat On 'American Idol:' 'Adam's Going To Win'

    April 29, 2009 4:36 PM EDT Colbie Caillat is a dedicated fan of "American Idol." "I'm like the loser that goes home from the studio and watches every night," the 23-year-old singer tells Billboard.com, but unlike millions of viewers, she's not quite on the Adam Lambert bandwagon. "I…

  18. Adam Lambert Is 'Feeling Good' After 'Idol' Rat Pack Night

    April 29, 2009 8:25 AM EDT Paula Abdul stopped just short of declaring Adam Lambert the future winner of "American Idol." Instead, she compared him to a certain Olympic swimmer. The "Idol" judge praised yet another Lambert performance Tuesday night, telling the 27-year-old actor that each week "…

  19. After Four Decades, Jazz Fest Grows But Honors Roots

    April 23, 2009 3:58 PM EDT Only about 350 people attended the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1970, and that number included gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and the other 100 or so local musicians who performed. Four decades later, Jazz Fest draws hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world to…

  20. Double Elimination On 'Idol' As Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai Exit

    April 23, 2009 8:37 AM EDT Two of the seven remaining finalists on TV's "American Idol," Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai, were sent home on Wednesday when fans cast the fewest votes for their performances during the hit talent show's disco-themed week. Rounds, who sang "I'm Every Woman,"…

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