1. Elton John, Black Eyed Peas Perform on Star-Studded 'Idol Gives Back

    April 22, 2010 9:46 AM EDT E lton John , Alici a Keys , Carrie Underwood , the Black Eyed Peas and other music stars took the stage for Wednesday night's "Idol Gives Back" (Apr. 21), a fund-raising special benefiting children's, hunger and health charities. The more-than two hour special edition of …

  2. 'Idol' Eliminates Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens As Lambert Performs

    April 15, 2010 9:38 AM EDT Andrew Garcia didn't have to sweat his fate long on Wednesday's "American Idol" when he was voted off the top-rated singing competition just 15 minutes into the live television broadcast. In a double elimination that capped the contest's "Elvis" week,…

  3. 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…

  4. Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Ludacris, Timbaland

    March 18, 2010 4:15 PM EDT ATTA 'BOY'!: Rihanna rules the Billboard Hot 100, as "Rude Boy" rides 4-1. With the ascension, the singer improves upon an already impressive chart history that began less than five years ago. The song marks Rihanna's sixth trip to the Hot 100 summit, tying her with…

  5. '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…

  6. '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.…

  7. Lady Antebellum Returns to No. 1 On Billboard 200

    March 10, 2010 11:51 AM EST L ady Antebellum 's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade 's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2, while six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last October. Listen to Lady Antebellum's "Need You…

  8. 'American Idol' Sends Home Haeley Vaughn, Jermaine Sellers, Michelle Delamor, John Park

    March 04, 2010 9:21 PM EST "American Idol" viewers sent four more contestants packing on Thursday night (Mar. 4), as Haeley Vaughn, Jermaine Sellers, Michelle Delamor and John Park were eliminated from the competition. After the entire "Idol" top 20 performed the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta…

  9. Chart Beat Thursday: Johnny Cash, Zac Brown Band, Black Eyed Peas

    March 04, 2010 2:05 PM EST BACK IN BLACK: Two days after Johnny Cash 's "American VI: Ain't No Grave" was released Feb. 23, Apple announced that the iTunes store had sold its 10 billionth song: Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way." Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield muses…

  10. Peas Persist on Hot 100 with "Imma Be"

    March 04, 2010 11:10 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas hold at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Imma Be." The track returns to the top of Digital Songs for a second frame after abdicating the lead spot to "We Are The World 25: For Haiti" by Artists for Haiti for the past two weeks.…

  11. Chart Beat Wednesday: Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum

    March 03, 2010 11:55 AM EST THIS JUST IN ...: Timbaland 's "Carry Out" lifts 12-9 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, pushing featured artist Justin Timberlake past Akon and Nelly for most top 10s among solo males. The song is Timberlake's 13th top on the chart and first since T.I. &…

  12. 'American Idol' Eliminates Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodriguez, Janell Wheeler, Joe Munoz

    February 25, 2010 9:21 PM EST "American Idol" voters said goodbye to the first four contestants of season nine on Thursday night (Feb. 25), eliminating Janell Wheeler, Joe Munoz, Ashley Rodriguez and Tyler Grady. The eliminations followed two shaky performance nights that saw nearly all of the top 24 "Idol…

  13. Ellen DeGeneres Is Firm, Funny On 'American Idol' Debut

    February 10, 2010 12:50 AM EST Ellen DeGeneres kicked off her debut as the new "American Idol" judge in impressive fashion on Tuesday night (Feb. 9), bringing a healthy dose of honest critiques and well-timed punchlines to the first night of Hollywood auditions. Before even the first note was sung, though,…

  14. Howard Stern Addresses 'American Idol' Judge Rumors

    February 08, 2010 3:16 PM EST Howard Stern told his satellite radio listeners Monday morning (Feb. 9) that the rumor is true: "American Idol" producers are, in fact, considering him to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on the show. What's more, he's tempted to take the job and leave his Sirius XM show…

  15. Grammy Video: Red Carpet & Stars Picks

    January 27, 2010 10:46 AM EST The stars were definitely out on the Grammys Red Carpet on Sunday (Jan. 31), and from Best New Artists Zac Brown Band to rapper extraordinaire Trey Songz, we were there with cameras to capture thier Grammy thoughts, fashions, and upcoming plans. Lady Gaga ? Beyonce ? Kings of Leon ? Taylor…

  16. 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…

  17. Randy Jackson Talks 'Idol' As Season Nine Nears

    January 06, 2010 11:26 AM EST With a new judge (Ellen DeGeneres) on the panel, Randy Jackson predicts that "American Idol's" ninth season will be "interesting" as well as "a very, very cool, nice year...an exciting, different time." "Hopefully we can find a girl who can take the…

  18. Video: 2009 Chart Stars Talk 2010 Plans

    December 30, 2009 2:19 PM EST As chart stars like Ke$ha, Jay Sean, Adam Lambert and Wyclef Jean descended upon New York this holiday season, Billboard's cameras caught up with them at Z100's Jingle Ball concert and at the Vevo launch party to find out their personal highlights of 2009 and their big plans for…

  19. Eva Longoria Parker To Usher In New Year's With Billboard

    December 16, 2009 11:08 AM EST Actress Eva Longoria Parker will join host Carmen Electra for Billboard's New Year's Eve Live special which is airing Dec. 31 from 11:00 PM to 12:30 AM on Fox. As previously reported, American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen , Idol finalist Allison Iraheta , and Sean Kingston…

  20. Kris Allen, Sean Kingston To Play Billboard New Year's Special

    December 07, 2009 10:00 AM EST Carmen Electra will host Billboard's New Year's Eve Live special airing Dec. 31 from 11:00 PM to 12:30 AM on Fox. American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen , Idol finalist Allison Iraheta , and Sean Kingston are set to perform at the event, which will broadcast live from Las…

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