1. Idols Live / July 31, 2008 / Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There couldn't be a better mantra than "practice makes perfect" for the "American Idol" contestants. Although these kids are a far cry from perfection, by the time the top 10 head out on tour after th There couldn't be a better mantra than "practice makes…

  2. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent year to appear on a Billboard chart, following…

  3. King, Trucks Guest On New Elvin Bishop Album

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elvin Bishop gets a hand from B.B. King, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, James Cotton, George Thorogood, Kim Wilson and Tommy Castro on his new album, "The Blues Roll On." Elvin Bishop gets a hand from B.B. King, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, James Cotton, George Thorogood, Kim Wilson…

  4. David Archuleta Signs With 19 Recordings

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Much like his "American Idol" cohort, season seven winner David Cook, runner-up David Archuleta has signed with 19 Recordings/Jive. Much like his "American Idol" cohort, season seven winner David Cook, runner-up David Archuleta has signed with 19 Recordings/Jive. If…

  5. Dareyes De La Sierra

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jose Darey Castro's debut on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart almost didn't happen after his career took a deadly turn in 2004. Jose Darey Castro's debut on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart almost didn't happen after his career took a deadly turn in 2004.…

  6. David Cook Triumphs On 'American Idol'

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American Idol" last night (May 21) at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. The 25-year-old Blue Springs, Mo., native earned 56% of the record 97.5 m Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American…

  7. Dereyes De La Sierra

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jose Darey Castro's debut on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart almost didn't happen after his career took a deadly turn in 2004. How did the songwriter make it out alive? Jose Darey Castro's debut on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart almost didn't happen after…

  8. The Billboard Q&A: 'American Idol' Top 10

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As season seven draws to a close on May 21, Billboard.com pulls aside each of the top 10 finalists for a bit of history, reflection on their AI experience and each contestant's hopes and dreams for th As season seven draws to a close on May 21, Billboard.com's Fred Bronson got the…

  9. 'American Idol' Interviews

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an exclusive series of Q&As, Billboard.com brings you discussions with "American Idol" contestants David Archuleta, Jason Castro, David Cook and Syesha Mercado. In an exclusive series of Q&As, Billboard.com brings you discussions with "American Idol" contestants…

  10. Jason Castro Booted From 'American Idol' Finals

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jason Castro was shown the door on "American Idol" tonight after receiving the fewest votes from the show's viewers. Thus, four became three, as Sayesha Mercado and "the Davids" -- David Archuleta and Jason Castro was shown the door on "American Idol"…

  11. Exclusive Q&As: The "American Idol" Final Four

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the final four "American Idol" contestants -- David Archuleta, Jason Castro, David Cook and Syesha Mercado -- vie to be crowned season seven's champion, the quartet revealed its thoughts on their " As the final four "American Idol" contestants -- David…

  12. Billboard Q&A: The 'American Idol' Final Four

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an exclusive series of Q&As, Billboard.com brings you discussions with "American Idol" finalists David Archuleta, Jason Castro, David Cook and Syesha Mercado. One of these young singers will be crowned the next "American Idol." In an exclusive series of Q&As,…

  13. Q&A: David Archuleta of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just seventeen, David Archuleta is the youngest contestant still in the running to win season seven of "American Idol." In this Billboard exclusive, the Utah native opens up about the vocal paralysis Just seventeen, David Archuleta is the youngest contestant still in the running to…

  14. Q&A: Jason Castro of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dreadlocked 20-year-old Jason Castro's rendition of everything from Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans" to a popular version of Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" has helped earn him a place in the final Dreadlocked 20-year-old Jason Castro's rendition of…

  15. Q&A: David Cook of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT David Cook only decided to audition alongside his younger brother at the last minute, but now the 25-year-old is among the last four singers in the season seven competition. David Cook only decided to audition alongside his younger brother at the last minute, but now the 25-year-old is among…

  16. Q&A: Syesha Mercado of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Syesha Mercado, who has sung everything from the Beatles' "Yesterday" to Fantasia Barrino's "I Believe," is the last woman standing among the season seven "American Idol" final four. In this exclusive Syesha Mercado, who has sung everything from the…

  17. Brooke White Axed From 'American Idol' Finals

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After weeks of attempting to overcome her nerves, "American Idol" finalist Brooke White was eliminated from the show last night. Four contestants live on after each took on the songs of Neil Diamond t After weeks of attempting to overcome her nerves, "American Idol"…

  18. Carly Smithson Voted Off 'American Idol'

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber weren't the only theatrics on "American Idol" this week, as tattooed finalist Carly Smithson was booted from the show last night (April 23). The songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber weren't the only theatrics on "American Idol" this week,…

  19. Kristy Lee Cook Voted Off 'American Idol'

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The "American Idol" competition was narrowed down to six remaining hopefuls Wednesday (April 16) after Kristy Lee Cook was voted home. The 24-year-old native of Selma, Ore.'s country charm helped her The "American Idol" competition was narrowed down to six remaining…

  20. 'Idol' Download Rankings Appear On iTunes

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Looking for a spoiler for "American Idol" tonight? Go to the iTunes Music Store. Looking for a spoiler for "American Idol" tonight? Go to the iTunes Music Store. As of 4 p.m. PT, the pre-orders for the studio session downloads of the top 9 "Idol" contestants'…

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