1. 'American Idol': Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, David Cook & Constantine Maroulis on Possible Return

    April 09, 2016 3:07 AM EDT If host Ryan Seacrest is to be believed, Thursday night's (April 7) finale was not the end for American Idol , it's just the end "for now." 'American Idol' Finale: Inside Phillip Phillips' Contentious Return With that in mind, Billboard caught up with…

  2. Watch 'American Idol' Star Lee DeWyze's In-Studio Performance of New Song 'Stone': Exclusive Video

    January 14, 2016 5:19 PM EST Lee DeWyze , the  American Idol  season 9 winner,  is ready for the release of his  new album  Oil & Water, out Feb. 12. And now song "Stone" is particularly close to his heart. Lee DeWyze's 'Frames': Exclusive Album Premiere “'Stone' is about honesty,…

  3. Chart Highlights: Pitbull & Ke$ha, Beyonce & Jay Z Score New No. 1s

    January 20, 2014 4:55 PM EST The former pair takes over atop Pop Songs with 'Timber,' while the latter twosome's 'Drunk in Love' crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. Plus, new leaders for Demi Lovato, Avenged Sevenfold, Zac Brown Band and Elvis Crespo (also with Pitbull) Chart Highlights offers a…

  4. Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo Added to Bill for 'Live In the Vineyard' Fest

    September 10, 2013 9:00 AM EDT The Jonas Brothers will join Jason Derulo, Kevin Rudolf, Delta Rae, American Authors on the bill for this November’s “Live In The Vineyard” festival in California. Earlier, organizers announced Five for Fighting, Gavin DeGraw, James Blunt, Lee DeWyze, Atlas Genius, Andrew Ripp and Christina…

  5. Lee DeWyze Finds 'Silver Lining,' New Album of 'Folk Anthem Pop-Rock' Coming

    May 01, 2013 6:45 AM EDT “American Idol” season winner Lee DeWyze returned to the show last week to debut his new single, “Silver Lining." Following the recent performance, the Illinois-based rocker spoke to Billboard on what he's been up to since the 2012 release of his third post-"Idol"…

  6. Phillip Phillips: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 07, 2013 5:00 PM EST The 'Home' star has turned the top-selling coronation song in "American Idol" history into a gold album During the final week of 2012, the most recent "American Idol" champion, Phillip Phillips , saw his debut album cross the half-million sold mark. It occurred…

  7. Presidential Debate 2012, Round 2: Musicians React on Twitter

    October 17, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Barack Obama found his pulse during last night's second debate with GOP challenger Mitt Romney, with snap polls from CBS, CNN and Public Policy Polling, among others, declaring the President winner of the town hall-style forum at Long Island's Hofstra University. But whereas Obama…

  8. Kris Allen Latest 'Idol' Winner to Part With RCA

    September 20, 2012 8:55 AM EDT "American Idol" season eight winner Kris Allen is no longer with RCA Records, a label rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . Signed to the Sony Music subsidiary immediately after his 2009 victory over runner-up Adam Lambert, Allen released his self-titled debut album in November…

  9. 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…

  10. 'Idol' Favorite Crystal Bowersox Parts Ways With Record Label

    October 21, 2011 9:35 AM EDT Following Lee DeWyze's lead, "American Idol's" Crystal Bowersox has parted ways with her label. The season 9 runner-up was signed to Sony Music's Jive Records (the label's moniker was recently retired by RCA Records, which absorbed most of the company's…

  11. 'Idol's' Scotty McCreery Makes History at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 12, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery makes history as his debut album, "Clear as Day," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 197,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McCreery is the first country act to debut at No. 1 with their first studio album, and at 18…

  12. Lee DeWyze Dropped By RCA Records

    October 06, 2011 12:00 PM EDT He avoided elimination all through his "American Idol" run, but Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze has reached the end of the road at RCA Records. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last week, newly appointed RCA Records CEO Peter Edge confirmed that the 25-year-old DeWyze is no…

  13. Scotty McCreery Poised to Top Billboard 200 With Debut

    October 05, 2011 10:52 PM EDT "American Idol" 2011 winner Scotty McCreery is poised to become the first "Idol" champ since Ruben Studdard in 2003 (and only third overall) to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their first release. Industry prognosticators suggest McCreery's new…

  14. Billboard Bits: Lee DeWyze Gets Engaged, LCD Soundsystem Become Legos

    July 27, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lee DeWyze Gets Engaged Former "American Idol" champ Lee DeWyze is engaged to model Jonna Walsh after proposing at Disney World on July 16. The couple is planning to tie the know in the fall of 2012. (…

  15. 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…

  16. 'Idols' Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina Top Hot 100 Debuts, Adele Still No. 1

    June 01, 2011 4:05 PM EDT A dele 's "Rolling in the Deep" banks a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (June 2) on Billboard.com, while this year's "American Idol" champion and runner-up roar in with top 20 debuts. "Deep" ascends 2-1 on Radio…

  17. Lady Gaga Tops Billboard 200, Brad Paisley Arrives at No. 2

    June 01, 2011 11:00 AM EDT A s previously reported , Lady Gaga comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as her "Born This Way" set sold 1,108,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. That marks the largest sales week for any album since 2005 and the 17th set to shift a million…

  18. 'Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Aiming For Hot 100's Top 10

    May 27, 2011 3:09 PM EDT Now that "American Idol" has crowned 17-year old Scotty McCreery as its latest winner , how is his coronation single, "I Love You This Big," selling? Presently, industry prognosticators are projecting that the single may sell around 180,000 downloads by the end of the…

  19. 'American Idol': Lee DeWyze, Nigel Lythgoe Feud Heats Up

    May 27, 2011 1:05 PM EDT It seems there was actually more drama happening off the stage at the "American Idol" finale Wednesday (May 25) night. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Best Performances (Video) After the taping of the show -- which saw Scotty McCreery crowned the Season 10 champ -- executive…

  20. Billboard Bits: Pia Toscano Working on Album, DMX Prison Release Announced

    May 26, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pia Toscano Working on 'Diva' Album With season 10 coming to a close last night, word is out that Pia Toscano is already hard at work on her debut album and it promises to be diva-sized, according to…

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