1. 'American Idol' Alum Casey James Signs With APA

    June 05, 2017 1:21 PM EDT APA Nashville has signed singer-songwriter Casey James , who finished in third place on the ninth season of Fox’s American Idol in 2010. The Texas native will independently release album Strip It Down this Friday. “I’ve been searching for a long time to find the right group of people to work…

  2. 'American Idol' and Its Deep Impact On The Country Format

    May 14, 2015 5:01 PM EDT Fans of American Idol were disappointed to learn May 11 that the Fox show will cease production in 2016 after its 15 th season. While most of the show’s winners have pursued careers in rock, pop or R&B, in its first 14 seasons the show still had a significant impact on country, ranging…

  3. 'American Idol' Alums Kelly Clarkson, David Archuleta & Others Share the Christmas Spirit: Watch

    December 09, 2014 5:10 AM EST American Idol alums are helping usher in the holiday season with new songs, videos, updates of Christmas classics and mash-ups. Check out some of the merriment below: Kris Allen is releasing a new song, "Baby, It Ain't Christmas Without You," through his own DogBear Records…

  4. Jake Owen, Taylor Swift Score Big on Country Charts

    March 29, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Also: A No. 2 Debut for 'American Idol' Alum Casey James Jake Owen celebrates his second consecutive No. 1 on Country Songs , as "Alone with You" stacks 35.7 million audience impressions (up 2.2 million) during the March 19-25 Nielsen BDS tracking week and steps 2-1. The…

  5. 'Idol' Star Casey James' 'Undone': First Listen

    March 19, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Hear a tune from James' debut here a day before the album comes out. Casey James' self-titled debut isn't officially out until tomorrow (March 20), but as part of the 'American Idol' alum's "Countdown To Casey James" Billboard.com is exclusively…

  6. 615 Spotlight: 'Idol' Star Casey James an 'Impostor' No More

    February 08, 2012 5:55 PM EST Casey James has March 20 circled on the calendar -- that's the release date of his self-titled debut album. The Texas native and "American Idol" alum feels that having a record out will make him feel a little more legitimate in the music business. "I am so excited to have…

  7. Reznor, Rahman, Zimmer & More React to Their Oscar Nominations

    January 25, 2011 4:47 PM EST As the "Academy Award-nominated" descriptor starts to sink in for 2011's newly anointed Oscar nominees , Billboard.com gathered reactions from the following composers and songwriters recognized in the music categories of best original score and song: Trent Reznor , A.R. Rahman …

  8. Ask Billboard: Chart Beat Readers' 2010 Favorites

    December 31, 2010 4:35 PM EST This week, it's all about the best of 2010 - my picks and yours. Here are my favorite concerts, albums (and more) of the past 12 months. Please feel free to share your rankings in the comments section below or at [email protected] (please include your first and last name, as well as…

  9. American Idols Live! / July 1, 2010 / Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)

    July 02, 2010 10:25 AM EDT Coming off a ratings-challenged season that faced harsh criticism of its talent and failed to produce a substantial hit for either of its top two finishers, the American Idols Live! Tour 2010 hit the road Thursday night (July 1) with perhaps something more to prove than some of its previous…

  10. 'Idol' Top 10 Ready to Make a 'Beautiful Mess' on Tour

    July 01, 2010 6:31 PM EDT Andrew Garcia was not pleased to learn he'd been dubbed the odds-on favorite to be the messiest member of the men's bus by his fellow performers on this year's American Idols Live! tour. "Really?!" he exclaimed to Billboard.com before expressing his disappointment to…

  11. Bret Michaels Plans New Tour, Album

    June 04, 2010 8:53 AM EDT No groupies. No after-parties. No stage diving. These aren't typical doctor's orders, but bandana-clad Poison frontman Bret Michaels is no average patient. Despite suffering several medical maladies over the past two months, the "Celebrity Apprentice" champion is moving…

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

    June 03, 2010 4:45 PM EDT LEE LEADS: Fox TV's "American Idol" continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series' ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The newly-crowned champ bows atop Billboard's Rock…

  13. Ailing Bret Michaels Performs on 'Idol' finale

    May 26, 2010 10:52 PM EDT Though he has suffered from life-threatening health problems in recent weeks, Bret Michaels appeared in fine form on the "American Idol" stage. The ailing 47-year-old rocker and reality TV star sang and played guitar on Wednesday's star-studded season finale. The Poison…

  14. Lee DeWyze Wins 'American Idol'

    May 26, 2010 10:16 PM EDT It was a paint rags to riches story made for television, as Lee DeWyze was named the champion Wednesday night for the ninth season of "American Idol." The raspy and rock-friendly voice of DeWyze, 24, a paint salesperson from Mount Prospect, Ill., won out over the folk stylings of…

  15. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV (Night 1)

    May 25, 2010 11:30 PM EDT The Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles holds 7,000 people, so there's no way the cameras can capture everything that goes on during an "American Idol" taping. Luckily, Billboard.com was on the inside and can give you the scoop. Here's 10 things you didn't see on TV…

  16. Videos of the Week: Justin Bieber Bumps His Head, Lady Gaga Eats Barbies, Muse Debuts 'Neutron'

    May 21, 2010 6:54 PM EDT In this week's 10 viral videos that had everyone buzzing: Justin Bieber bumps his head, Lady Gaga takes a bite out of Barbie, Muse debuts its "Neutron Star Collision" from the latest "Twilight" movie, Janelle Monaé busts a move, and more. 1) So, Justin Bieber Walks…

  17. 'Idol' Boots Casey James, Lee DeWyze & Crystal Bowersox Set for Finale

    May 19, 2010 10:28 PM EDT Casey James was eliminated from "American Idol" on Wednesday night (May 18), leaving Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox as the final two contestants standing. DeWyze and Bowersox will face off next Tuesday for the season nine "Idol" crown. "I'm so thankful for the…

  18. 'American Idol' Recap: 'Hallelujah!' The Judges Love Lee DeWyze

    May 18, 2010 9:16 PM EDT It's the final three, which means singer's and judges' choice and hometown visits, which always make me a little teary. (Shut up! It's been a long season!) For all the knocks the show has taken this year, I can say in all honesty that I really don't know who is going…

  19. Crystal Bowersox Gets 'Idol' Homecoming in Ohio

    May 14, 2010 2:26 PM EDT The last time Crystal Bowersox appeared on stage near her hometown, she was singing to empty bar stools and playing for tips. Those days are over. Thousands lined streets and packed into a square on Friday waiting to see the bluesy, dreadlocked singer as she made a hero's visit to her…

  20. Michael Lynche Voted Off 'American Idol,' Top 3 Remains

    May 12, 2010 10:31 PM EDT Michael Lynche couldn't be saved by the "American Idol" judges this time. The burly R&B crooner known as Big Mike was eliminated from "Idol" on Wednesday night (May 12), leaving Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James in the top three. AMERICAN IDOL'S…

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