1. David Cook Covers 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' for 'Idol' Exit Song

    March 03, 2011 1:30 PM EST "American Idol" is about to undergo its first audience-determined eliminations of Season 10, and starting next week, the show will have a new exit song as former hopefuls bid farewell to the competition. This year's soundtrack to dreams cut short? The Simple Minds classic "…

  2. Aerosmith Sales Up 250% Since Steven Tyler Became 'American Idol' Judge

    February 09, 2011 9:37 AM EST Steven Tyler's popularity on American Idol is boosting Aerosmith's music sales. Since Season 10 premiered on Jan. 19, with Tyler making his debut on the judges' panel alongside Jennifer Lopez, sales of his band's Greatest Hits collections have shot up more than 250%,…

  3. 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…

  4. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal Break Up? Gaga Goes 'Grey'

    January 04, 2011 6:37 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Taylor Swift, Jake Gyllenhaal Break Up: Report After a brief, whirlwind romance, Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal have apparently called it quits. The 21-year-old country star and 30-year-old actor reportedly ended…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Mark Salling

    November 04, 2010 5:55 PM EDT QUEEN OF STARTS, PART 1: While "Speak Now" storms in atop the Billboard 200 , becoming the first album since 2005 to begin with sales of more than a million , according to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor Swift 's chart domination extends to the Billboard Hot 100 . Ten titles from the…

  6. Extreme Makeovers: Billboard Charts Edition, Part 2

    October 13, 2010 11:15 AM EDT In recent years, from songs performed by "American Idol" contestants to tracks that have spurred the "Glee" cast's assault on Billboard's record books , inventive remakes have regularly infused the Hot 100. Most notably, the "Glee" ensemble has covered…

  7. Lee DeWyze Reveals Four Tracks from New Album

    October 08, 2010 6:01 PM EDT On Friday (Oct. 8), 19 Recordings/RCA debuted four tracks from "American Idol" Season Nine champ Lee DeWyze's new album, "Live It Up," which is scheduled for release on Nov. 16. Fans of DeWeezy will be happy to know that his gruff vocals are still intact, as is his…

  8. David Archuleta Kids Around on 'The Other Side of Down'

    October 04, 2010 4:00 PM EDT D avid Archuleta is finally getting a chance to act his age. Although he's been singing since he was 6, the 19-year-old Utah native has projected a mature voice wise beyond his years, as evidenced during season seven of "American Idol," where his ballad-ready tenor landed him…

  9. 'American Idol' Signs Deal with Universal, Parts with Sony

    August 03, 2010 5:37 PM EDT "American Idol" producer 19 Entertainment and creator Simon Fuller moved on from its nine-year marketing and distribution deal with Sony Music Entertainment Tuesday (Aug. 3), severing a relationship that produced chart-topping successes with Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson but…

  10. Chart Beat Thursday: Veterans Victorious

    June 24, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ROCK OF AGES: While rookie rapper Drake rules the Billboard 200 with his debut album, "Thank Me Later," certain venerable acts aren't quite ready to cede the survey's spotlight. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers become the second group, following the Rolling Stones , to…

  11. 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…

  12. 'Idols' Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox Impact Billboard Charts

    June 02, 2010 11:38 AM EDT Last week's "American Idol" finale certainly added some spice to a slow run on this week's Billboard charts , with winner Lee DeWyze, runner-up Crystal Bowersox and a number of the show's guest stars impacting the Digital Songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally…

  13. DeWyze, Bowersox Talk Inspirations For Their Debut Album

    May 28, 2010 7:29 PM EDT "American Idol" Lee DeWyze offered up some hints as to the direction of this first major label album Friday, saying he's most recently been inspired by the Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews and Sufjan Stevens. "I really dig [Kings of Leon's] newest album," he says. …

  14. Exclusive: 'Idol's' DeWyze, Bowersox Sign Record Deals

    May 27, 2010 6:28 PM EDT It hasn't even been 24 hours since Lee DeWyze was crowned this year's "American Idol," but already he and his runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, have signed their record deals. DeWyze is signed to 19 Recordings Limited and RCA Records, while Bowersox is signed to 19 Recordings…

  15. 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…

  16. "Idol" Chart Battle Of The Sexes

    May 25, 2010 1:05 PM EDT One Tuesday night TV mystery (sort of) down, two to go. Sunday night (May 23), ABC aired the heartwarming "Lost" series finale, a satisfying two-and-a-half hours, even if many of the island's questions remain unanswered. (It's a good bet that executive producers Carlton…

  17. Why Crystal Bowersox Will Win 'American Idol'

    May 24, 2010 12:00 PM EDT There are those seasons of "American Idol" when one contestant develops over the course of the show, has a breakthrough performance midway through and grows into a worthy champion by the finale. Kelly Clarkson and David Cook , I'm looking at you. Photos: Crystal Bowersox's…

  18. Chart Beat Wednesday: B.o.B, Kris Allen, Blake Lewis

    May 12, 2010 1:55 PM EDT BOYS CLUB: B.o.B becomes the 12th solo male to lead Billboard's Pop Songs chart with a first entry, as "Nothin' on You," featuring Bruno Mars, rises 2-1. While eight male rookies ruled the list between the chart's inception in 1992 through 2008, B.o.B is the fourth…

  19. Chart Beat Thursday: B.o.B, Bobby & Billboard

    April 22, 2010 4:05 PM EDT NOTHING BEATS 'NOTHIN' ': As previously reported , B.o.B ascends 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Nothin' On You," featuring Bruno Mars. The 21-year-old B.o.B, born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., is the just the fifth male rapper to take a maiden Hot 100 entry to No.…

  20. Tim Urban Eliminated on 'Idol Gives Back' Night

    April 21, 2010 10:38 PM EDT Tim Urban is "Teflon Tim" no longer, as the "American Idol" hopeful was eliminated during Wednesday night's star-studded, "Idol Gives Back" charity episode (Apr. 21). "We'll miss you buddy," host Ryan Seacrest told Urban after delivering the…

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