1. 'American Idol': Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, David Cook & Constantine Maroulis on Possible Return

    April 09, 2016 3:07 AM EDT If host Ryan Seacrest is to be believed, Thursday night's (April 7) finale was not the end for American Idol , it's just the end "for now." 'American Idol' Finale: Inside Phillip Phillips' Contentious Return With that in mind, Billboard caught up with…

  2. David Cook Performs 'Heartbeat' on 'American Idol': Watch

    March 25, 2016 1:04 AM EDT Season 7 winner David Cook   returned to the American Idol stage to perform his new single, "Heartbeat," on the Thursday night (March 24) broadcast. "Heartbeat" kicks off Cook's latest CD, Digital Vein , released last September on his own label, Analog Heart Music. It…

  3. 'American Idol' Alums Jordin Sparks, Chris Daughtry & More on Coming Home to Duet With Season 15 Singers

    February 18, 2016 3:12 PM EST David Cook, Kellie Pickler, Haley Reinhart & Constantine Maroulis also return for Thursday's show. The producers of American Idol promised that the final chapter of the long-running series would honor the show's history. While it's still early in the current season, they…

  4. 'American Idol' Alum David Cook Reveals Release Date for 'Digital Vein' Album

    July 01, 2015 5:44 PM EDT American Idol season 7 winner David Cook will release his long awaited third studio album Sept. 18, the singer announced on his PledgeMusic.com page. The record, Digital Vein , will be distributed through a deal with InGrooves Music Group. It features seven brand new tracks, including seven…

  5. When 'American Idol' Hits Home: A Tribute to Jax and East Brunswick, New Jersey

    May 05, 2015 9:00 PM EDT With the national spotlight upon it, how did one suburban town yield so many music industry insiders? Billboard investigates... I wrote the book on American Idol . No, really -- back in 2010, as the show was still coming down from its Adam Lambert - Kris Allen season-eight high,…

  6. Keith Urban on the 'Strategic Journey' of 'American Idol,' Remembering David Vs. David

    January 28, 2015 11:08 PM EST Keith Urban made his Billboard chart debut in August 1999. Since then, he has placed 37 titles on the Hot Country Songs chart, with 32 of them reaching the top 10 and 15 going all the way to No. 1. He has also taken four of his albums to the top, including his most recent release, Fuse .…

  7. David Cook's Move to Nashville Leads to 'Eclectic' New EP

    October 24, 2013 10:30 AM EDT The former "American Idol" champ gets to work on new material, puts feelers out for "the right home" to release the EP and next full-length album A move to Nashville last year has invigorated Season 7 "American Idol" champ David Cook, who's currently on…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Jay-Z's 'Magna'-ificent Week On The Hot 100

    July 19, 2013 2:35 PM EDT With seven debuts, including his 20th top 10, the rapper solidifies his standing among the most elite performers in the chart's history. Plus, Lorde is the first lead female soloist to reach the Alternative Songs top 10 since 1997 As Jay-Z scores his lucky 13th No. 1 on the Billboard…

  9. Phillip Phillips: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 07, 2013 5:00 PM EST The 'Home' star has turned the top-selling coronation song in "American Idol" history into a gold album During the final week of 2012, the most recent "American Idol" champion, Phillip Phillips , saw his debut album cross the half-million sold mark. It occurred…

  10. T.I.'s 'Trouble Man' Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200, Taylor Swift Still Rules

    December 27, 2012 11:00 AM EST As predicted last week, Taylor Swift 's "Red" album remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth non-consecutive week, selling 276,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set posts a big increase in sales (up 32%) -- as do most of the chart's titles. That's…

  11. Kris Allen Latest 'Idol' Winner to Part With RCA

    September 20, 2012 8:55 AM EDT "American Idol" season eight winner Kris Allen is no longer with RCA Records, a label rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . Signed to the Sony Music subsidiary immediately after his 2009 victory over runner-up Adam Lambert, Allen released his self-titled debut album in November…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips, Aerosmith, Rihanna

    June 01, 2012 9:05 PM EDT Phillips' 'Home' is the 30th song by an 'American Idol' graduate to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10. As his "Home" debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 , 2012 "American Idol" victor Phillip Phillips becomes the series' 13th…

  13. Hollie Cavanagh's Time Runs Out on 'American Idol'

    May 11, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Final Three Is Set: Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips Hate to say it, but last night's "Idol" felt more like an exercise in prolonging the inevitable than an edge-of-your-seats reality show thriller. In the case of "American Idol" Thursday night (May…

  14. Rihanna Set For 'American Idol' Finale Performance

    May 09, 2012 12:40 PM EDT If finding out the winner of Season 11 wasn't enough excitement for "American Idol" fans, the competition's May 23 finale will feature a special performance from none other than Rihanna . The Barbadian pop star will perform "Where Have You Been," her fifth single…

  15. Scotty McCreery's Voice Will Soothe Voted-Off 'Idol's

    March 07, 2012 10:15 AM EST S cotty McCreery has snagged a new role on "American Idol" as the voice of the Voted-Off Song, which serenades teary-eyed castoffs after they hear the bad news via Ryan Seacrest. The baritone twang of last season's winner will be heard on a cover of Tim McGraw's "…

  16. Jason Mraz's 'I Won't Give Up' Storms Hot 100's Top 10

    January 11, 2012 12:05 PM EST Without the aid so far of radio or an all-out promotional push, Jason Mraz blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 8 with "I Won't Give Up," courtesy of a No. 1 debut on the Digital Songs chart. The song starts with 229,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and…

  17. Evanescence Nets Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 19, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Evanescence returns to the Billboard 200 chart, scoring its second No. 1 album, as its self-titled third set bows with 127,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The act, led by singer Amy Lee, last released an album in 2006, when "The Open Door" debuted at No. 1…

  18. 'Idol's' Scotty McCreery Makes History at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 12, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery makes history as his debut album, "Clear as Day," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 197,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McCreery is the first country act to debut at No. 1 with their first studio album, and at 18…

  19. Lee DeWyze Dropped By RCA Records

    October 06, 2011 12:00 PM EDT He avoided elimination all through his "American Idol" run, but Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze has reached the end of the road at RCA Records. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last week, newly appointed RCA Records CEO Peter Edge confirmed that the 25-year-old DeWyze is no…

  20. Scotty McCreery Poised to Top Billboard 200 With Debut

    October 05, 2011 10:52 PM EDT "American Idol" 2011 winner Scotty McCreery is poised to become the first "Idol" champ since Ruben Studdard in 2003 (and only third overall) to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their first release. Industry prognosticators suggest McCreery's new…

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