1. Judge Finds Sony-Spotify Agreement to Be Ambiguous in Big Royalties Lawsuit

    September 29, 2016 3:31 PM EDT Recordings alleges that "American Idol" stars have been cheated of streaming revenue. When listeners hear "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson on Spotify, they might not care too greatly how the exploitation of this song is characterized in contracts. But a judge'…

  2. Watch Clay Aiken Reluctantly Predict a Donald Trump Win: 'A Clown President for Four Years'

    July 27, 2016 1:00 PM EDT Chelsea Handler organized a celebrity roundtable of former Celebrity Apprentice contestants to discuss the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump on her Netflix talk show. The Chelsea discussion came with a potentially alarming hot take from singer/2014 Democratic congressional nominee…

  3. Hollywood Rails Against Trump's RNC Speech

    July 22, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Newly-minted presidential candidate Donald Trump finally took the stage on Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to accept the GOP nomination and address his supporters in attendance. Trump emphasized his plans to build a wall to block out illegal immigrants and…

  4. Harry Nilsson's Son to Record Late Singer-Songwriter's Obscure Songs and More Insider Scoop

    December 04, 2015 5:06 PM EST Nilsson Sings Nilsson Celebrated 1970s singer-songwriter and John Lennon 's drinking buddy Harry Nilsson is due for a revival, and his 30-year-old son Kief Nilsson may be the one to make it happen. Lee Blackman, the attorney for Nilsson père’s estate (he died in 1993), tells Billboard…

  5. Adele's 'Hello' Has Biggest Sales Week for a Single Since Elton John's Princess Diana Tribute in 1997

    November 04, 2015 11:06 AM EST 'Hello' joins John's 'Candle in the Wind 1997' in an elite club. As previously reported, Adele 's "Hello" blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Nov. 14) at No. 1, setting a record for the most U.S. downloads sold in a week: 1.11 million, in the week…

  6. Clay Aiken on Donald Trump's Run for President: 'Anybody Who Discounts Him Is Shortsighted'

    August 02, 2015 4:55 PM EDT Donald Trump ’s run for President has been making headlines, but former political candidate and Apprentice star Clay Aiken says don’t count him out yet. 'American Idol' Clay Aiken Looks for the Next Idol in Philadelphia “Anybody who discounts him is shortsighted,” said…

  7. 'American Idol' Clay Aiken Looks For the Next Idol in Philadelphia

    August 02, 2015 1:00 PM EDT "I am looking forward to finding that 15th Idol at my table this year," he said. When thousands of aspiring vocalists lined up for their last chance at becoming the 15th and final American Idol in Philadelphia, they got encouragement from one of the franchise's biggest stars:…

  8. 'American Idol' Fades Out: Preserving the Show's Legacy Despite a Precipitous Decline

    May 15, 2015 11:00 AM EDT No hits, depressed ratings, fewer ads and sky-high salaries all led to this week’s bombshell announcement. Not 24 hours after fox dropped an early morning bomb on May 11 announcing that American Idol , the venerable 14-year-old show that redefined music’s place on TV, would end with its 15th…

  9. Clay Aiken Promises New Esquire Docu-Series 'Isn't Scripted' Like 'American Idol'

    April 07, 2015 2:35 AM EDT The series chronicling the singer's campaign for a North Carolina Congressional seat debuts April 7. The political baptism of  Clay Aiken will be explored with the premiere of the new docu-series, The Runner-Up , premiering Tuesday night (April 7) on the Esquire Network .. Cameras follow…

  10. Sony Music Claims It Overpaid 'American Idol' Stars By $2 Million

    April 01, 2015 1:16 PM EDT On Tuesday, Sony Music filed a breach-of-contract counterclaim against 19 Recordings, the  American Idol label controlled by Core Media Group which houses such stars as Kelly Clarkson , Carrie Underwood and Clay Aiken . In new court documents, Sony asserts that it has overpaid at least $2…

  11. Clay Aiken Talks Failed Congressional Bid

    January 15, 2015 9:37 PM EST American Idol alum Clay Aiken was bound to deliver a bit of a postmortem in his first big promotion for his new reality show. The reality star and onetime North Carolina congressional candidate, who stars in Esquire's The Runner-Up this April, lost to Republican Renee Ellmers by 10…

  12. Clay Aiken Loses Congressional Race

    November 05, 2014 3:01 PM EST American Idol alumn Clay Aiken lost his congressional race to Republican Renee Ellmers. Aiken was hoping to be elected the Democratic representative for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, but it was not a particularly close race -- Ellmers, who first gained the seat in 2010,…

  13. What's At Stake for the Music Business in the 2014 Mid-Term Elections?

    November 03, 2014 12:36 PM EST American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is unlikely to win a seat in the House of Representatives, but there are plenty of reasons for the music business to pay attention to the midterm elections. Over the next two years, Congress could decide if pre-1972 recordings get a digital performance…

  14. Clay Aiken Says Anyone Affected by Nude Photo Scandal 'Deserves What They Get'

    September 19, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Here we are at that unfortunate moment when stars let us know their questionable beliefs and we wish we could go back in time and forget. The latest contender?  American Idol  runner-up and current Democratic nominee in North Carolina's 2nd congressional district,  Clay Aiken . Asked…

  15. Clay Aiken Wins Congressional Primary Following Rival's Death

    May 13, 2014 3:22 PM EDT "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival. Aiken will face Republican…

  16. Clay Aiken's Opponent in House Primary Dies

    May 12, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Clay Aiken's main opponent in last week's Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat in North Carolina has died. The Courier-Tribune is reporting that businessman Keith Crisco was found dead at his home in Asheboro, with early information indicating he suffered injuries in a fall. …

  17. Clay Aiken Has Slim Lead in Primary for Congress, But Remains Too Close to Call

    May 07, 2014 8:49 AM EDT The Democratic congressional primary race between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner. As of Wednesday morning, Aiken had 40.8% of the vote to Crisco's 39.5%, trailed by licensed family…

  18. Ruben Studdard Defends Clay Aiken's Congressional Bid

    May 01, 2014 9:36 PM EDT Ruben Studdard has stepped up in defense of Clay Aiken, who is making a run to represent North Carolina's Second Congressional District. Studdard, who competed against Aiken on the second season of American Idol, was responding to allegations made by Aiken's opponent that he had a…

  19. Clay Aiken Faces Tough Challenge For Seat In Congress

    April 27, 2014 11:53 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Clay Aiken doesn't have a problem with name recognition. But that doesn't mean voters in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District will send the "American Idol" star to Washington to represent them in Congress. Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers has…

  20. Clay Aiken Launches Campaign Contribution Website

    February 28, 2014 2:46 AM EST Clay Aiken will officially file for his run at a congressional seat in North Carolina Thursday morning. On Wednesday evening, the Idolalum tweeted his intentions to file, along with a solicitation to donate funds to his campaign. In a follow-up tweet, Aiken said his campaign has set a goal to…

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