1. 'American Idol' Moves from Hollywood to Las Vegas

    December 15, 2010 1:08 PM EST "American Idol" has lost its mean streak. The hit Fox television show once exalted equally for its sensational singing and cutting criticism is embracing a softer approach this year, following the exit of top villain Simon Cowell and the addition of new judges Jennifer Lopez and…

  2. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Dodges Assault Charges, Ricky Martin to Release Bilingual Album

    December 14, 2010 5:59 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Will Not Face Charges in Assault Case This past October, Justin Bieber was accused of punching a 12-year-old boy in the face during a laser-tag battle in which the alleged victim called Bieber a homophobic…

  3. Simon Cowell Says Steven Tyler is a Perfect 'Idol' Replacement

    November 23, 2010 12:15 PM EST Former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell says he's happy that Steven Tyler will take his place. Cowell says, "I always said it had to be someone who wasn't better looking than me and they achieved it." He poked fun at Tyler before collecting the Founders Awards…

  4. Mariah Carey Brings the Christmas Cheer With 'Oh Santa!'

    October 28, 2010 4:49 PM EDT It's almost that time of the year again, and Mariah Carey is bringing the holiday spirit with her new video for "Oh Santa!" The song is the first single off her upcoming Christmas album, "Merry Christmas II You," set for release Tuesday (Nov. 2). Video: Mariah Carey, …

  5. Michael Jackson's Brother Objects to Oprah Winfrey Interview

    October 14, 2010 5:16 PM EDT M ichael Jackson's brother Randy has confirmed that Oprah Winfrey did an interview at the Jackson family home - and he's sick about it. Though Jackson didn't say who Winfrey interviewed - and Winfrey's show has not confirmed who either - Jackson says Winfrey is the last…

  6. Ask Billboard: Analyzing 'American Idol'

    October 01, 2010 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. THIS ... IS (YOUR…

  7. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Reveals Album Artwork, Bruce Springsteen Crashes Engagement Photo

    September 29, 2010 7:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Reveals Album Cover for "Loud" Rihanna has revealed the album cover artwork for her soon-to-be-released "Loud," unveiling it piece-by-piece on her official website. The image is a close…

  8. POTW: Gwen Stefani, Shakira, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez

    September 24, 2010 2:35 PM EDT Gwen Stefan i got waxed, Shakira took a leap of faith, Kanye West flashed his pearly whites, Madonna shot through a single lens, Jennifer Lopez got caught between Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson , Selena Gomez got jail-bird pretty, The Roots ' ?uestlove chucked the deuces up, Nick Cannon…

  9. 'American Idol' Confirms Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler As New Judges

    September 22, 2010 1:40 PM EDT As widely expected, the judging lineup for "American Idol" season 10 will be Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson , with Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, acting as an in-house mentor to contestants, with an assist from producers Timbaland and…

  10. Mariah Carey Releasing Second Christmas Album

    September 21, 2010 2:40 PM EDT Sixteen years after her first successful Christmas album, Mariah Carey will return to the format with "Merry Christmas II You," due Nov. 2 on Island Def Jam. The set will feature four original songs penned by Carey, including lead single "Oh Santa." Traditional holiday…

  11. Jordin Sparks Reaches New 'Heights' on Broadway

    September 17, 2010 3:56 PM EDT You haven't really arrived on Broadway until an image of your grinning face goes up on a massive billboard. It is a joy Jordin Sparks has yet to savor. "I haven't gone to Times Square to stand there and actually look at it yet," the 20-year-old singer says of her 34-foot…

  12. Update: 'American Idol' to Announce New Judges Next Wednesday

    September 16, 2010 5:00 PM EDT After weeks of speculation, "American Idol" will unveil the new judging panel for its 10th season next Wednesday (Sept. 22), Fox and Ryan Seacrest have confirmed. The "Idol" host broke the news on Twitter , writing, "Looks like I have some new plans on wed! I will be…

  13. 'American Idol' Auditions Move to MySpace

    September 15, 2010 4:26 PM EDT To mark the 10th anniversary of "American Idol", hopeful pop stars have the chance to submit an audition video at MySpace through Oct. 6. The entries must be no longer than 40 seconds and chosen from a list of songs posted online, along with other audition guidelines, Fox said…

  14. Aerosmith Bandmate Says Steven Tyler Doing 'Idol'

    August 19, 2010 11:43 AM EDT Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has signed a deal to become a judge on "American Idol," according to a news report on Wednesday quoting one of his bandmates. Fox and the show's producers have kept largely quiet on the speculation, but Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton told the Star…

  15. 'American Idol' Signs Steven Tyler: Report

    August 18, 2010 11:55 AM EDT Steven Tyler has reportedly signed a deal to become a judge on "American Idol," according to The Hollywood Reporter's Livefeed blog . Fox is not commenting on the Aerosmith singer's official status, but two sources close to the situation are confirming that Tyler has inked…

  16. Nick Cannon: Mariah Carey Wants to Be 'Idol' Judge

    August 11, 2010 8:14 PM EDT Billboard sister publication the Hollywood Reporter spoke today with Nick Cannon , Mariah Carey's husband, about his just extended term as chairman of the teens-only TeenNick network, his hosting duties of NBC's "America's Got Talent," as well as Carey's interest…

  17. Billboard Bits: Pras Endorses Sweet Micky, Not Wyclef, For President of Haiti

    August 06, 2010 5:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pras Won't Back Wyclef for Haiti President Wyclef Jean 's run for the Haitian presidency won't be backed by his former bandmate, Pras . The Fugees star issued a statement endorsing musician Michel …

  18. 'American Idol' Judge Job Poses Risks and Opportunities

    August 06, 2010 3:30 PM EDT G oodbye , Simon Cowell. Goodbye , Ellen DeGeneres. Hello, Judge to Be Named Later. Amid the past week's flurry of rumors about who would fill the two vacant judge slots on "American Idol" -- Jennifer Lopez , Steven Tyler , Harry Connick Jr. and Chris Isaak among them -- one…

  19. Billboard Hot 100 Celebrates Anniversary

    August 04, 2010 11:00 AM EDT Two years ago, Billboard celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. As explained in a special feature at the time on billboard.com, "After nearly two decades of tracking songs distinctively by sales or plays (on jukeboxes and at radio), the Hot 100 was the first list…

  20. Billboard Bits: Warped Tour Fan Dies, Randy Jackson Talks 'Idol'

    August 03, 2010 6:36 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Warped Tour Concertgoer Dies in Kansas Concertgoer Curtis DeForest, 26, collapsed and died while attending the Vans Warped Tour stop in Bonner Springs, Ka., on Monday. A representative said the tour "would…

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