1. Katharine McPhee Returns to 'American Idol' With Iconic Performance: Watch

    March 25, 2016 1:31 AM EDT American Idol fans got McPheever all over again when Katharine McPhee returned to reprise her iconic performance of Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on Thursday night's (March 24) episode. The Scorpion star looked elegant as she began the song a capella, just…

  2. Katharine McPhee & Nick Cokas Divorce Finalized

    February 10, 2016 8:02 PM EST Katharine McPhee and Nick Cokas have officially divorced after six years of marriage.  Listen to Katharine McPhee's Album 'Hysteria' Right Here: Exclusive The American Idol alumna and Scorpian star filed for divorce from Cokas in May 2014 after being separated for a year. On…

  3. Katharine McPhee Announces New Album, Talks Sexy New Single & 'Smash' Reunion

    May 26, 2015 10:50 AM EDT Katharine McPhee is ready for the next phase of her career. The singer got her first taste of fame on American Idol and the resulting excitement over her debut album. Later, theater nerds became obsessed with her role on the NBC musical drama Smash . But, as she tells Billboard in an…

  4. Late Night Music Roundup: Watch James Corden & Katharine McPhee, Iron & Wine with Ben Bridwell, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors

    April 16, 2015 5:45 AM EDT Tax Day is never a laughing matter. Though James Corden can turn it into a giggle. The British talk show host teamed with singer and actress Katharine McPhee for a medley of “Tax Day Carols” on his Late Late Show . Forget Christmas in July, this was like Christmas on April 15 with lyrics to …

  5. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Back at No. 1, Wiz Khalifa and Ke$ha Debut Top 10

    December 12, 2012 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift heads back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as her "Red" set steps 2-1 with 167,000 (up 22%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week's leader, Alicia Keys ' "Girl On Fire," falls to No. 7 with 77,000 (down 52%). This is "…

  6. 'Smash' Soundtrack Mixes Pop & Broadway Songs

    April 02, 2012 3:15 PM EDT NBC's Smash will build upon its previously released iTunes music on May 1 when the soundtrack to the Broadway drama is released. The official soundtrack will include 13 tracks, including original music created specifically for the NBC series by Tony and Grammy winners Marc Shaiman and…

  7. 'Smash' Star Megan Hilty Signs with Columbia Records

    March 28, 2012 9:30 AM EDT The NBC actress joins co-star Katharine McPhee on the Sony label After some seven years spent on Broadway (Wicked, 9 to 5) then a co-starring role on NBC's hit drama Smash, Megan Hilty can now call herself a major label recording artist. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the 30…

  8. Brad Paisley, Ne-Yo, Pitbull & Judges Perform on 'The Voice': Watch

    June 29, 2011 2:13 PM EDT On last night's final performance showdown on "The Voice," we saw X-tina and Beverly McClellan steal the show with their chill-inducing duet of Aguilera's "Beautiful" (which you can watch below). But Tuesday's (June 28) "Voice" was also filled with…

  9. Billboard Bits: Jennifer Hudson Food Poisoned, Britney's Madonna Cover Leaks

    June 10, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jennifer Hudson Hospitalized for Food Poisoning Jennifer Hudson was forced to skip her performance on CBS' "Early Show" this morning after a case of food poisoning struck the singer, who was…

  10. 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…

  11. NBC Orders Music-Heavy Fall Lineup after 'The Voice' Success

    May 15, 2011 4:33 PM EDT NBC is banking on musical Mondays this fall, reserving the 8 to 10 p.m. block for competitions and the 10 p.m. hour for "The Playboy Club." The new Broadway-themed "Smash" will take over the 10 p.m. slot at mid-season. Music will have a significant role in at least two of…

  12. 'American Idol' Is About 'Warmth' and 'Eccentricity' This Season, Says Lythgoe

    February 17, 2011 6:05 PM EST As the cast of "American Idol" season 10 is cut down to 12 finalists, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says "something happened with Jennifer (Lopez) that would have never happened" in prior seasons during Wednesday night's taping. Though Lythgoe would not go into…

  13. Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey Ascend On Adult Contemporary

    November 30, 2010 2:05 PM EST TAYLOR'S TOPS: Taylor Swift 's "Mine" advances 2-1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, marking the star's third No. 1 on the survey. Swift led for six weeks with "Love Story" beginning in June 2009 and for 14 weeks with "You Belong With Me…

  14. American Idols Live! / July 1, 2010 / Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)

    July 02, 2010 10:25 AM EDT Coming off a ratings-challenged season that faced harsh criticism of its talent and failed to produce a substantial hit for either of its top two finishers, the American Idols Live! Tour 2010 hit the road Thursday night (July 1) with perhaps something more to prove than some of its previous…

  15. "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…

  16. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Elvis Presley, Rihanna

    January 14, 2010 12:35 PM EST 'ANIMAL' KINGDOM: And Ke$ha thought she had reason to party before. As previously reported , the 22-year-old leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with her debut smash "TiK ToK," while her introductory album, "Animal," roars onto the Billboard 200 at No.…

  17. 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…

  18. Clay Aiken Parts Ways With RCA

    February 20, 2009 11:28 AM EST Season two "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken has parted ways with RCA. A source tells Billboard Aiken left the label a couple of months ago, on the heels of his 2008 album, "On My Way Here." That set sold just 159,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen…

  19. 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 …

  20. Katharine McPhee Signs With Verve

    January 27, 2009 10:44 AM EST Former "American Idol" star Katharine McPhee has signed a new deal with Verve, Billboard.com can reveal. The artist is recording her label debut, due before the end of the year. McPhee released a lone self-titled album for RCA in late 2006, which has sold 375,000 copies in the…

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