1. Karen Rodriguez Voted Off 'American Idol,' Top 11 Remain

    March 17, 2011 9:50 PM EDT After once again being voted into the "American Idol" bottom three alongside two female singers, Karen Rodriguez could not survive this week's competition and was voted off during the elimination episode on Fox tonight (Mar. 17). Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo joined…

  2. Ask Billboard: Chart Beat Readers' 2010 Favorites

    December 31, 2010 4:35 PM EST This week, it's all about the best of 2010 - my picks and yours. Here are my favorite concerts, albums (and more) of the past 12 months. Please feel free to share your rankings in the comments section below or at askbb@billboard.com (please include your first and last name, as well as…

  3. Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, 'Michael' Bows at No. 3

    December 22, 2010 11:00 AM EST The No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week was seemingly up for grabs a week ago , when industry prognosticators were predicting that it was a race between the then-current topper "The Gift" from Susan Boyle , former No. 1 "Speak Now" by Taylor Swift and…

  4. Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson Go Back Home in New 'Idol' Winners Special

    December 21, 2010 1:19 PM EST All nine "American Idol" winners, from Kelly Clarkson to Lee DeWyze , traveled to their hometowns and reflected on what life has been like since being crowned America's favorite singer on "AI: Welcome Home," a special that aired on Fox affiliates over the weekend. In…

  5. Jackson, Boyle, Swift Battling for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 16, 2010 9:04 AM EST The No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week is seemingly up for grabs, as three albums are possibly vying for the penthouse. Michael Jackson 's new posthumous "Michael" set may move around 200,000 to 225,000 by week's end on Sunday, Dec. 19, according to…

  6. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 2

    December 15, 2010 2:35 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

  7. Susan Boyle's 'Gift' to Keep Giving on Billboard 200

    November 18, 2010 2:40 PM EST Though a hefty number of blockbuster new albums reached the marketplace on Tuesday, Nov. 16, none of them look like they'll topple Susan Boyle's "The Gift" from No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry prognosticators suggest that the Christmas-flavored "Gift…

  8. George Strait Scores 83rd Country Songs Top 10

    November 17, 2010 2:05 PM EST STRAIT TALK: George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold 's record for most top 10s on Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "The Breath You Take" rises 11-10. The song is Strait's 83rd top 10 on the list, a sum second only to Arnold's 92, which the late legend…

  9. Lee DeWyze Wants Fans Dancing to His Post-'Idol' Debut

    November 08, 2010 2:31 PM EST "American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze says he wanted to be "dimensional" on his major label debut album, "Live It Up," which comes out Nov. 16. "This is why I even auditioned (for 'Idol') in the first place, to be able to put out an album and do all…

  10. Lee DeWyze, "Sweet Serendipity"

    October 28, 2010 4:00 PM EDT With "Sweet Serendipity," "American Idol" season 9 champ Lee DeWyze delivers a debut that suits both his musical influences and vocal style. The 24-year-old Illinois native's husky yet soulful voice fits nicely into Top 40 pop-rock fare, as he describes his journey…

  11. Lee DeWyze Reveals Four Tracks from New Album

    October 08, 2010 6:01 PM EDT On Friday (Oct. 8), 19 Recordings/RCA debuted four tracks from "American Idol" Season Nine champ Lee DeWyze's new album, "Live It Up," which is scheduled for release on Nov. 16. Fans of DeWeezy will be happy to know that his gruff vocals are still intact, as is his…

  12. Billboard Bits: 50 Cent and Chelsea Handler Not Dating, Juliette Lewis Hospitalized

    October 07, 2010 6:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Juliette Lewis Hospitalized After Hit-and-Run Accident Actress and singer Juliette Lewis was hospitalized yesterday evening (Oct. 6) after her car was totaled by a hit-and-run driver in Burbak, Calif. Lewis, who…

  13. 'Idol' Lee DeWyze's Debut Gets Nov. 16 Release Date

    August 19, 2010 1:36 PM EDT "American Idol" season nine winner Lee DeWyze 's as-yet-untitled debut album will be released on Nov. 16 through 19 Recordings/RCA Records. The singer/songwriter has been on a nationwide American Idols Live Tour this summer while writing and recording the music for the album.…

  14. 'American Idol' Signs Deal with Universal, Parts with Sony

    August 03, 2010 5:37 PM EDT "American Idol" producer 19 Entertainment and creator Simon Fuller moved on from its nine-year marketing and distribution deal with Sony Music Entertainment Tuesday (Aug. 3), severing a relationship that produced chart-topping successes with Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson but…

  15. Exclusive: Lee DeWyze Talks Ellen DeGeneres' 'Idol' Departure

    August 03, 2010 5:06 PM EDT L ee DeWyze was the first "American Idol" winner to have been judged by Ellen DeGeneres, and now he's most certainly the last, after the talk show host and funnywoman announced her departure from the show last week. In a statement to Billboard.com, DeWyze says he was "…

  16. 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…

  17. 'Idol' Top 10 Ready to Make a 'Beautiful Mess' on Tour

    July 01, 2010 6:31 PM EDT Andrew Garcia was not pleased to learn he'd been dubbed the odds-on favorite to be the messiest member of the men's bus by his fellow performers on this year's American Idols Live! tour. "Really?!" he exclaimed to Billboard.com before expressing his disappointment to…

  18. Crystal Bowersox's Album Going 'Great,' Says Collaborator Wayne Wilkins

    June 17, 2010 3:50 PM EDT Crystal Bowersox hasn't been any less busy since "American Idol" wrapped up last month. The season nine runner-up has already started recording material for her debut album, and so far, at least one collaborator is highly impressed with what she's bringing to the table.…

  19. Jordin Sparks Priming For Broadway Debut On 'Battlefield' Tour

    June 15, 2010 12:28 PM EDT J ordin Sparks says she "did vote for one more than the other" when Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox faced off on this season's "American Idol" finale. But the 2007 "Idol" champ won't say who she favored -- even though DeWyze's win preserved Sparks&…

  20. Videos of the Week: Miley Cyrus Faux-Kisses a Girl, Babies Sing 'Telephone,' Diddy Says 'Good Morning'

    June 04, 2010 6:23 PM EDT In this week's 10 videos that had everyone buzzing, Miley Cyrus kisses a girl (kind of), babies cover Lady Gaga's "Telephone," Diddy says "Hello, Good Morning," Kelly Clarkson and Daughtry duet, Snoop and Ciara go to the Star Wars Cantina, and more. 1) Miley…

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