1. Broadway Vet Michael Longoria Enlists 'American Idol' Alumni to Raise Money & 'Spread Some Love' for Homeless LGBT Youth

    June 17, 2016 10:01 PM EDT Constanine Maroulis & Diana DeGarmo will both be involved in the New Alternatives fundraiser, which is "especially poignant" after Orlando shooting. Broadway veteran Michael Longoria is teaming up with American Idol alumni Constantine Maroulis and Diana DeGarmo for a special…

  2. 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…

  3. 'American Idol' Alums Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young Tie the Knot

    June 03, 2013 8:47 AM EDT "American Idol" can now officially claim its own first couple. On Saturday, June 1, season five finalist Ace Young married longtime girlfriend and season three runner-up Diana DeGarmo. The afternoon ceremony at Los Angeles' Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel was officiated by…

  4. Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol' Season 11

    May 23, 2012 10:40 PM EDT During the long, grueling "American Idol" season, Phillip Phillips was never once revealed to be in the group of lowest vote-getters on the show. On Wednesday night, his name was finally announced -- but for a totally different reason. The Leesburg, Ga. native became the 11th winner…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Beyonce

    June 02, 2011 6:45 PM EDT THE START OF SOMETHING 'BIG': After a one-year break, the annual "American Idol" coronation single returns to the Billboard Hot 100 's top 15. Newly-crowned "Idol" champion Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" blasts in at No. 11, making…

  6. American Idol Video Q&As

    January 13, 2010 10:25 AM EST A new season of American Idol is now officially upon us. To toast Season 9's stars-to-be, watch all of the video interviews Billboard.com has done with "Idols" stars past. Among the dozens of videos below, Adam Lambert speaks up both right after the May 2009 finale and again…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Pink Floyd, Susan Boyle, Usher

    December 03, 2009 2:45 PM EST NEW 'MOON': With the revamping of the Billboard 200 last week to again include both current and catalog titles , one of the chart's landmark records is updated this week. At No. 189, Pink Floyd 's "Dark Side of the Moon" re-enters the chart for the first time…

  8. CMJ Wrap Up: Temper Trap, Top 5, American Idols

    October 26, 2009 5:29 PM EDT This year at CMJ, the weekend showcases and events sped up the momentum from earlier in the week. Leading into the weekend, some former American Idol contestants convened for a panel on Thursday (Oct. 22). "American Idol" season two third place finisher Kimberley Locke, season three…

  9. Chart Beat: Eminem, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, Jennifer Hudson

    February 12, 2009 12:54 PM EST 'BOTTLE' ROCKETS TO NO. 1: The calendar year isn't even two months old, but for the second time in 2009, a song has catapulted to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from the bottom 25 positions. Just two weeks after Kelly Clarkson set the all-time record by teleporting 97-1 with …

  10. Chart Beat: Kelly Clarkson, 'At Last,' Coldplay

    January 29, 2009 5:49 PM EST THIS IS YOUR 'LIFE': For the second time in her career, Kelly Clarkson sets the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on the Hot 100. This week she does it with a 97-1 bound for "My Life Would Suck Without You" (RCA), narrowly surpassing the 96-1 jump Britney Spears'…

  11. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, T.I.

    December 11, 2008 12:29 PM EST CIRCUSES : Britney Spears has the highest-debuting song of her career, thanks to the No. 3 bow of “Circus” (Jive) on The Billboard Hot 100. This latest single wrests the title from Spears’ first chart entry, “…Baby One More Time,” which opened at No. 17 the week of Nov. 21, 1998. Those doing…

  12. Chart Beat: Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Bob Dylan, Lindsay Lohan

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action Britney Spears, Beyonce, Labelle, Jennifer Hudson and more! A HIT, ONE MORE TIME: For the second week in a row, the record for the biggest leap to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 has been broken. Just seven days ago, I was writing about T.I. and Rihanna racing…

  13. Chart Beat: T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler and more! T.I., T.I., OH!: In a very newsy chart week, one newsmaker stands out above the rest: T.I. rewrites chart history, not only replacing himself at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 but replacing himself as the artist…

  14. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's…

  15. Chart Beat

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from David Cook, Donna Summer, Jody Watley and more! 'TIME' IS ON HIS SIDE: The longest run of No. 1s by solo females in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart is over. After a 36-week reign by Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" (19 weeks),…

  16. 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…

  17. This Day in Music

    July 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Diana DeGarmo suffers a fall on stage in Grand Rapids, Mich., during the "American Idol" summer tour. The televised talent competition's third-season runner-up is singing Beyonce's "Crazy in Lo 2004 - Diana DeGarmo suffers a fall on stage in Grand Rapids, Mich.…

  18. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the longest consecutive run at No. 1 by solo…

  19. Chart Beat: 'In The Heights,' Carrie Underwood, Regina Belle

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses "In the Heights," Carrie Underwood, Regina Belle and more! 'HEIGHTS' HITS THE HEIGHTS: Whenever I'm in New York, I do my best to see as many Broadway shows as possible. Last week I was there for a very short time, on assignment for Sirius Satellite…

  20. CMT's 'Gone Country 2' Reveals Cast

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach of Skid Row fame, Grammy and Academy Award winner Irene Cara, "American Idol" finalist Mikalah Gordon, singer Jermaine Jackson, NSYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick, actor Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach of Skid Row fame, Grammy and Academy…

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