The Industry Impact
March 24, 2007 - Billboard Magazine
Anyone doubting the impact of "American Idol" on the music business need only take a look at the last four months of "Idol"-related activity.

'Idol' Worship
March 24, 2007 - Billboard Magazine
Trying to explain a juggernaut like Fox's "American Idol" is enough to drive executives to distraction. Trying to ensure its continued success—that apparently requires a massage.

Virtual Idol
March 24, 2007 - Billboard Magazine
While the other broadcast networks look with envy at the iron grip Fox's "American Idol" has on audiences, the show's creators have ensured that its reach goes well beyond its successful primetime slot—all in the name of extending the brand and feeding its insatiable viewers.

After Party
March 24, 2007 - Billboard Magazine
For anyone who might think the "American Idol" merchandising machine stops when the show wraps up each season—think again.

American Idol: Winners' Circle
March 15, 2007 - Billboard.biz Exclusive
For five seasons, "Idol" has packed the charts with pop tarts, soulful singers and even a country princess.

American Idol: The 'American' Way
March 15, 2007 - Billboard.biz Exclusive
Lights, camera, music - sell! From premiere to season finale, everything's up for promotional grabs at 'Idol.'

American Idol: Company Man
March 15, 2007 - Billboard.biz Exclusive
19 Entertainment's Simon Fuller prefers to see the spotlight shine on his creations, rather than himself.

VIDEO: American Idol's Ace Young
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Billboard was lucky enough to spend a few hours with one of the most popular finalists from American Idol (Season 5.) Ace Young offered a special glimpse into his life and delivered answers to many of the questions his fans have been eager to hear. He also performs his hit single "Scattered" in the Billboard studios.

VIDEO: Ace Young Performs "What's Going On"
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Released in 1971 by soul singer Marvin Gaye, this was the song of a generation. With America deep in the midst of the Vietnam War, Gaye saw instant success with the powerful lyrics that came with the song. American Idol finalist Ace Young does true justice to this song in a performance at the Billboard studios in February 2007. (Plus introductory comments from Ace!)

VIDEO: Ace Young Performs "Father Figure"
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A new spin on a modern classic. American Idol finalist, Ace Young, gives new life to George Michael’s song "Father Figure." Ace performed the song in the first final round of Season 5 and later recorded a full studio version. Billboard captured this performance during a visit by Ace in February 2007. (Plus introductory comments from Ace!)

VIDEO: Ace Young Performs "Scattered"
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Released as a single on iTunes, this song was written and performed by American Idol finalist Ace Young. It found instant popularity and will be a centerpiece of Ace’s first album. Billboard captured this performance during a visit by Ace in February 2007. (Plus introductory comments from Ace!)

VIDEO: Ace Young Performs "Dream On"
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It was 1973 when "Dream On" arrived with Aerosmith's debut album. More than 30 years later, American Idol finalist Ace Young made the classic blues rock song his own. Ace visited the Billboard studios in February 2007 and delivered a powerful rendition of this perennial favorite. (Plus introductory comments from Ace!)

Idol Chatter
February 17, 2007 - Billboard Magazine
With the "American Idol" finals just getting under way, it's too early to tell if there are any budding country stars in the field, but the last two seasons have provided a bumper crop.

The 'Idol' Way
January 20, 2007 - Billboard Magazine
It's hard to imagine that the producers of "American Idol" would want to tinker with the show's formula following last season.

Idols On Idol
January 20, 2007 - Billboard Magazine
"American Idol" is a phenomenon unlike any other, and the contestants who have filed through its ranks in the past five years are forever bonded by their formative experiences on the show.

After The Show
January 20, 2007 - Billboard Magazine
"American Idol" has developed into a formidable cash machine during the last five years, but sorting out who gets what when it comes to cash and control remains a tangled thicket of deals between 19 Entertainment and its various business partners.

Finding Her Rhythm
January 20, 2007 - Billboard Magazine
When 2006 "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee rushed off the road and into the studio last fall to begin working on her debut album, she quickly realized the art of the compromise.