1. Top 24 'American Idols' Of All-Time

    February 28, 2012 1:30 PM EST Chart Article When a singer wins "American Idol," it's undoubtedly his or her biggest music moment to-date. But as we've seen time and time again, winning "Idol" does not necessarily mean that one's career will follow the trajectories of 12-7 6-1 Next » 24…

  2. Fashion Week: Nicki Minaj's Gigantic Hair Bow, Plus Alicia Keys and Courtney Love at Alexander Wang

    September 11, 2011 4:15 PM EDT As the sun set on day three of NYFW, a trio of very specific trends have emerged that can be summed up in, yes, three words: bold, soft, and neon. Even though we are only a few days into fashion week, these three trends are taking a strong and powerful presence on the catwalk. From Alexander…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  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' Bounces Back with Smart Shake-Ups, Young Talent

    May 25, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Two teen-age country charmers -- one overtly emotional, one ridiculously calm -- head into tonight's "American Idol" finale, closing out a year in which everything went right for everyone associated with the show. After slipping last year from its pedestal as America's…

  7. 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…

  8. '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…

  9. Taylor Swift Still Tops Billboard 200, Holiday Albums Tumble

    January 05, 2011 11:00 AM EST With Christmas firmly in the rearview mirror, the Billboard 200 albums chart begins to approach normality again, as many holiday flavored sets tumble down the tally while contemporary titles rise up the list. On the chart reflecting the final Nielsen SoundScan tracking week of 2010, Taylor…

  10. 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…

  11. George Michael Pleads Guilty To Drug Offenses

    August 24, 2010 5:45 AM EDT George Michael admitted on Tuesday (Aug. 24) that he had been under the influence of cannabis when he crashed his car into a north London shop in July. The judge at the magistrate's court who heard the 47-year-old star's guilty plea warned Michael he could face time in jail when he…

  12. 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…

  13. "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…

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Idols Take on Billboard No. 1s

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wooo! Billboard No. 1s is the theme this week! The "AI" behind-the-scenes people have been running around our offices this week -- alas, no Miley Cyrus sightings, though. Let's get to it. Oh wait, let's get to it after 10 minutes of inane chatter between the judges. First…

  15. Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1

    January 26, 2010 2:35 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  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. Ask Billboard: "Idol" Worship

    December 04, 2009 4:55 PM EST 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. CHARTING THE DECADE Dear Gary, Hope you're well. I was just wondering…

  18. 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…

  19. Squirrel Nut Zippers Suit Up For Live Album

    August 17, 2009 2:06 PM EDT Two years after returning to active duty from a five-year-hiatus, Squirrel Nut Zippers will release their first album in nine years -- and also their first live album -- with the Oct. 27 release of "Lost at Sea" on Southern Broadcasting/MRI. Drummer Chris Phillips tells Billboard…

  20. 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…

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