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. 'American Idol' Taylor Hicks Signs with APA

    January 07, 2016 10:51 AM EST American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks has signed with APA, Billboard has learned. Hicks, who made an appearance on this season's premiere of the Fox singing competition, currently in its final season, is putting the finishing touches on his latest album to be released this year,…

  3. Harry Nilsson's Son to Record Late Singer-Songwriter's Obscure Songs and More Insider Scoop

    December 04, 2015 5:06 PM EST Nilsson Sings Nilsson Celebrated 1970s singer-songwriter and John Lennon 's drinking buddy Harry Nilsson is due for a revival, and his 30-year-old son Kief Nilsson may be the one to make it happen. Lee Blackman, the attorney for Nilsson père’s estate (he died in 1993), tells Billboard…

  4. 'American Idol' Alums Casey Abrams, Taylor Hicks, More Remember Joe Cocker

    December 23, 2014 6:38 PM EST "To make a hit that was already a hit ... an even bigger hit, that's hard to do," said Phillip Phillips of the late singer. When Casey Abrams competed on the tenth season of American Idol , he was asked to perform music inspired by their own musical idols. Abrams didn’t even…

  5. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city,…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer's 'Harlem' Begins To 'Shake' Up Radio

    March 08, 2013 6:15 PM EST After the song logged more than a quarter-billion U.S. streams the past three weeks, radio is joining in on the viral craze. Is radio getting ready to dance to the "Harlem Shake" at last? Airplay still accounts for less than 1% of the song's overall Billboard Hot 100 chart…

  7. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood Lead Busy Night for 'American Idol' at Grammys

    February 11, 2013 9:35 AM EST It was a big night for American Idol champions, as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Hicks all nabbed awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night. Clarkson won Best Pop album for her fifth studio full-length record, Stronger. Clarkson bested nominees Maroon 5, Pink,…

  8. 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…

  9. Oct. 5, 2002: Kelly Clarkson Scores First 'American Idol' No. 1

    October 05, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Ten years ago today, an 'Idol' alum reigned for the first time. Ten years ago today, an "American Idol" contestant crowned the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, as original series champion Kelly Clarkson blasted from No. 52 to No. 1 with coronation ballad "A…

  10. 3 Doors Down Debut 'One Light' to Fired Up Republicans

    August 29, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Rock band 3 Doors Down played the outro to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, debuting their new song "One Light" moments after a boastful keynote address by New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie. When the dust had settled on Christie's speech, in which…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips, Aerosmith, Rihanna

    June 01, 2012 9:05 PM EDT Phillips' 'Home' is the 30th song by an 'American Idol' graduate to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10. As his "Home" debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 , 2012 "American Idol" victor Phillip Phillips becomes the series' 13th…

  12. 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…

  13. '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…

  14. 'American Idol' Season 10 Tour Dates Announced

    April 28, 2011 1:35 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N.Y., it was announced today (Apr. 28). Featured…

  15. David Cook To Release 'This Loud Morning' Album in June

    April 15, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Former "American Idol" champ David Cook has set a summer date for the follow-up to his 2008 self-titled debut. The singer will issue his sophomore album, "This Loud Morning," on June 28 through 19 Recordings/RCA Records. "This album is the culmination of one of the…

  16. Video: Stephen Colbert, Taylor Hicks Sing Rebecca Black's 'Friday' on 'Fallon'

    April 02, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Kicking off the weekend in style, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" hosted a fairly incredible performance of Rebecca Black's universally mocked hit "Friday" last night (April 1) that featured Stephen Colbert, Taylor Hicks , the Knicks City Dancers and house band the…

  17. 'American Idol' Hits Austin, John Wayne Schulz & Janelle Arthur Bring Country Charm

    February 02, 2011 9:15 PM EST "American Idol" headed to Austin, Texas for Wednesday night's (Feb. 2) episode, and the show's third-ever trip to the city paid off, with 50 hopefuls getting tickets to Hollywood and contestants John Wayne Schulz and Janelle Arthur bringing their country charm. Schulz, a…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Britney Spears, 'Country Strong,' Louis C.K.

    January 20, 2011 2:05 PM EST AND THE BRITNEY SONG IS ON: (To paraphrase Yoji "Pop" Asano, whose take on Miley Cyrus ' "Party in the U.S.A." proved one of the many highlights of last night's "American Idol" 10th season premiere). Britney Spears expands the elite group of chart…

  19. Billboard Bits: Selena Gomez's Twitter Account Hacked, Aventura's Romeo Signs Solo Deal

    January 12, 2011 6:11 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Selena Gomez's Twitter Account Hacked Online followers of Selena Gomez may have noticed some surprising updates this morning from the pop singer. Gomez's Twitter and Facebook accounts fell victim to a…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

    June 03, 2010 4:45 PM EDT LEE LEADS: Fox TV's "American Idol" continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series' ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The newly-crowned champ bows atop Billboard's Rock…

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