1. 615 Spotlight: Jason Castro Moves 'Mountain'

    January 02, 2013 11:10 AM EST Former 'American Idol' Finalist Releases Second Solo Album "American Idol" alum Jason Castro is counting down the days until the January 15 release of his new album, "Only A Mountain." "It's been quite some time since my debut came out, so I'm…

  2. Chart Highlights: Ke$ha Climbs To No. 1 on Pop Songs

    November 26, 2012 4:55 PM EST The singer scores her third format leader with 'Die Young,' the lead single from her Dec. 4 album 'Warrior.' Plus, a host of new holiday songs enter AC and Jake Owen's 'One' tops Country Airplay. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of…

  3. 'American Idol' Awards: The Best & Worst of Season 10

    May 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Fellow "American Idol" fans: We've spent four months and countless hours obsessing over the biggest show on TV -- that's right, the same show that everyone said was dead last May! -- but alas, it's time to put another season in the books. And what a season it was:…

  4. Brandy Rumored with Flo Rida, Aimee Mann and Ice-T Twitter Tiff

    April 12, 2010 5:32 PM EDT In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, people are buzzing about Brandy , after she was spotted with Flo Rida after her 31st birthday. "The Simpsons" season finale will guest star all four "American Idol" judges and host Ryan Seacrest, as Mo…

  5. Jason Castro Keeps His Cool On Post-'Idol' Debut

    March 29, 2010 2:17 PM EDT It's been two years since Jason Castro ambled onto "American Idol" -- ukulele, dreadlocks, stoner vibe and all. And while most of those voted off the show from seasons past have faded into obscurity or drifted into musical theater, Castro, who finished fourth, hasn't been…

  6. 'American Idol' Recap: Aaron Kelly Brings It With the Rolling Stones' 'Angie'

    March 16, 2010 11:00 PM EDT First off, let me get my predictions out of the way before the show starts so you can come back and cheer me or mock me afterwards. If you want to see my psychic link with Simon Cowell informed opinions on how the remaining "Idol" contestants are going to do this season, check out…

  7. Jason Castro Goes "Crazy"

    March 15, 2010 10:01 AM EDT Jason Castro is known for bringing down the house with his acoustic version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on 'American Idol' season 7 and, more recently, what Billboard called the "sprightly folk pop" of his late '09 single "Let's Just Fall…

  8. 'American Idol' Recap: 'Love' Is The Answer For Todrick Hall

    March 10, 2010 8:19 PM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. --- I have to say, the song spoilers that leaked this afternoon made me super excited for tonight's show -- and not in a nice way.…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: 'Hope' Helps Haiti

    January 28, 2010 6:55 PM EST HIGH 'HOPE': If an album is going to set a sales record, best that its proceeds go to charity . "Hope for Haiti Now" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first digital-exclusive set to reign in the chart's history. All proceeds from the MTV Networks…

  10. 'Idol' Alum Jason Castro Plots Tour

    September 29, 2009 4:20 PM EDT J ason Castro -- the original dark horse contestant on "American Idol" who finished fourth in 2008 -- is hitting the road for a national mall tour in support of his self-titled debut. The Texas singer-songwriter's trek begins Oct. 12 in Minneapolis, Minn. before wrapping Nov.…

  11. Ask Billboard: Fleetwood Mac, Kristinia DeBarge, Chicago

    May 15, 2009 4:51 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BATTLE OF THE BANDS Hi Gary, I was wondering if you could help me win a bet I…

  12. 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 …

  13. Kara DioGuardi Named New 'Idol' Judge

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. DioGuardi, whose work includes…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. '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…

  20. 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"…

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