1. Ask Billboard: The Most-Played Former Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 11, 2011 4:55 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. THE MOST-PLAYED…

  2. Britney Spears' 'World' Spins Onto Hot 100

    March 10, 2011 11:00 AM EST With Lady Gaga locked in at No. 1 for a fourth week and only one song entering the top 10, Britney Spears makes the Billboard Hot 100's splashiest headlines, debuting at No. 20 with "Till the World Ends." Although she snaps a string of two consecutive No. 1 debuts ("3"…

  3. 'American Idol's' Chris Medina: Jennifer Lopez's Breakdown Was 'Touching'

    February 25, 2011 11:03 AM EST Chris Medina tugged at "American Idol" fans' collective heartstrings with his emotional audition a few weeks ago, and again on Wednesday night (Feb. 22), when his shocking elimination drove even Jennifer Lopez to tears . 'American Idol' Top 24 Reveal Kicks Off After…

  4. '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…

  5. Jennifer Lopez To Premiere Video For 'On The Floor' On 'American Idol'

    February 24, 2011 2:30 PM EST "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez will premiere the music video for new single "On the Floor" during the singing talent show March 3. The tune, which features Cuban-American rapper Pitbull , debuted this week at No. 40 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart and at No. 26…

  6. '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…

  7. '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…

  8. 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…

  9. Top 10 'American Idol' Sob Stories: David Cook, Chris Medina & More

    February 02, 2011 3:00 PM EST "American Idol" auditioner Chris Medina set off waterworks across the country last week with Danny Gokey Season 8 Like Medina, Danny Gokey made his personal heartache apparent from the moment he came to "Idol." The season nine third-place finisher lost his wife Sophia…

  10. 'American Idol' Spurs Aerosmith Digital Sales

    February 02, 2011 1:05 PM EST In case there was any doubt, the 10th season "American Idol" contestants really should be listening to the judge on the left side of the panel. After Steven Tyler's impromptu duet of Aerosmith 's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" with Lauren Alaina aired…

  11. 'American Idol' Top 5 Nashville Auditions, from Lauren Alaina to Jackie Wilson

    January 27, 2011 11:36 PM EST The "American Idol" Milwaukee auditions were a tough act to follow, thanks to buzzy contestants like Chris Medina and Scott Dangerfield -- but tonight's Nashville episode had its share of big moments, too. Read on for our top 5 tryouts tonight, and tell us: who were your…

  12. Listen: Chris Medina's Music Before 'American Idol'

    January 27, 2011 2:01 PM EST During last night's Milwaukee audition episode of "American Idol," Chris Medina bowled over the judges with not just his voice, but also his truly touching tale -- his fiancee, Juliana Ramos, was involved in a serious car accident in December 2009, just two months before they…

  13. '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…

  14. Justin Bieber's Shadow Hovers Over 'American Idol' Milwaukee Auditions

    January 26, 2011 10:56 PM EST "American Idol" continues to treat its youngest auditioners extra kindly, as Wednesday night's (Jan. 26) episode showcasing the Milwaukee, Wis., tryouts saw every single 15-year-old getting a golden ticket to Hollywood, according to host Ryan Seacrest. From Thia Megia, a…