American Idol

  1. 'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips

    June 11, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Today, June 11, 2012, marks the tenth anniversary of "American Idol," and in that time the music competition TV program has racked up some jaw-dropping numbers: Many episodes have drawn over 30 million viewers; and a record-setting numbe ...

  2. Bubbling Under: Marina & the Diamonds Shine

    June 08, 2012 2:12 PM EDT Marina & the Diamonds While Marina & the Diamonds (Marina Diamandis) has flirted with U.S. chart success in the past, the Elektra/Atlantic act could be on its way to its first hit single with "Primadonna." The track, from her rec ...

  3. Fox Executive: 'American Idol' Could Last for 17 Seasons

    May 31, 2012 8:38 PM EDT A top News Corp. executive told an investor conference Thursday that Fox's "American Idol" could last for up to 17 seasons and said the network is optimistic that it can stop its ratings decline. Speaking at the Nomura 2nd annual U. ...

  4. Phillip Phillips Makes 'Idol' History as 'Home' Sells 278,000 Downloads

    May 30, 2012 4:18 PM EDT "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips earns the highest debut on the Digital Songs chart this week as his "Home" bows at No. 2 with 278,000 downloads sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Even better: It's the second-best ...

  5. John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' Earns Him Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    May 30, 2012 11:00 AM EDT John Mayer's "Born and Raised" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 219,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the singer/songwriter's third No. 1 set, following 2009' ...

  6. Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol' Season 11 as Show's Ratings Dip

    May 24, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Philip Phillips, The Leesburg, Ga. native, became the 11th winner of American Idol last night beating out California's Jessica Sanchez after a record 132 million votes were cast. The record number of votes, however, may be something of a pyrr ...

  7. Adam Lambert Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Trespassing'

    May 23, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time, one "American Idol" replaces another at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as Adam Lambert's "Trespassing" debuts atop the list with 77,000 sold, traccording to Nielsen SoundScan. His arrival bumps last week� ...

  8. Whitney Houston's Final Recording 'Celebrate' Released (Listen)

    May 22, 2012 7:00 AM EDT On Sunday night (May 20), Jordin Sparks honored her late "Sparkle" co-star, the legendary Whitney Houston, with a heart-wrenching performance of "I Will Always Love You" at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. Less than 24 hours la ...

  9. Jason Derulo Talks Performing Post Neck Injury, New 'American Idol' and Coke Promotion at Billboard Music Awards

    May 20, 2012 10:36 PM EDT On performing again after his neck injury: This Tuesday (May 22) is my first performance back since my neck injury on the season finale of "American Idol." It's special in a few ways, teamed up with Idol and Coke on Perfect Harmony ...

  10. Adam Lambert Headed for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    May 16, 2012 3:49 PM EDT The Good News: Adam Lambert is vying for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The Bad News: His Trespassing set may only sell around 70,000 to 80,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 20, so say industry ...

  11. 'X Factor': Can Britney Spears and Demi Lovato Make a Hot Show Even Hotter?

    May 14, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Before introducing Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as the new judges on "The X Factor" at the Beacon Theater in New York, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly took a shot at the competition, NBC's "The Voice." After hav ...

  12. 'Glee' Moves to Thursday; Britney Spears, Demi Lovato 'X Factor' Announcement Expected

    May 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT "Glee" is being moved to Thursday from Tuesdays where it will follow "The X Factor" in the fall and "American Idol" in the spring. 'Glee' Music Honcho Adam Anders Responds to Gotye's Cover Criticism Fox ...

  13. Auditioning for 'The Voice': One Contestant's Experience

    May 08, 2012 10:40 AM EDT "They ranged in style from full-on costume with flowers and sombreros to just jeans and a t-shirt." New York-based acoustic singer/songwriter Sarah J is remembering the eclectic crowd of fellow contestants at her recent audition for NBC& ...

  14. New E! Show 'Opening Act' Offers YouTube Talent Opening Slots for Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Rod Stewart, Others

    April 30, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Nigel Lythgoe ("American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance") is teaming up with E! for new music reality series, "Opening Act," which debuts July 9 at 10p E.T./P.T. on the NBC Universal cable network. E! will formall ...

  15. 'American Idol's' Taylor Hicks Announces Las Vegas Residency

    April 19, 2012 9:13 PM EDT "American Idol" season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will return to the city where he first auditioned for the show that made him famous: Las Vegas. The Birmingham, Alabama native has signed on with Caesars Entertainment-owned Bally's Hotel ...

  16. 'American Idol' and 'X Factor' Nab Highest Ad Revenue Per Half Hour, According To Forbes

    April 10, 2012 6:27 PM EDT Glitzy productions, highly paid judges and lots of public jabs at the competition has paid off for reality shows when it comes to making the all-important ad revenue. Fox's "American Idol" topped Forbes list of TV's Biggest Mon ...

  17. Chris Daughtry Sued By Former Bandmates Over Song Royalties

    April 09, 2012 7:00 AM EDT "American Idol" season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry has been sued by his former bandmates over royalties, Greensboro, N.C.'s News & Records reports. Bassist Ryan Andrews, drummer Scott Crawford and guitarist Mark Perry -- who joine ...

  18. Sonisphere Music Festival Canceled: Adam Lambert and Queen Reunion Isn't Happening

    March 28, 2012 7:54 PM EDT After much fanfare, the big Queen performance featuring "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert at Sonisphere2012 isn't going to happen. The music festival has apparently been canceled. Adam Lambert to Perform With Queen at U.K. Festival ...

  19. Jason Derulo Teams With Coca-Cola For Crowd-Sourced Song, Plots Comeback After Neck Fracture

    March 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Coca-Cola is teaming up with Jason Derulo for the second installment of Perfect Harmony, a crowd-sourced songwriting project that lets fans participate in the creation of an original song. The partnership will be announced on tonight's episod ...

  20. ABC To Air 'Duets' Singing Competition With Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke

    March 08, 2012 9:52 AM EST ABC is diving into the competitive music competition space with its own celebrity-headlined series this summer. Duets will have American Idol season one alum Kelly Clarkson as well as Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke combing the co ...

  21. Adam Lambert Legal Settlement Clears Way for Release of Pre-'Idol' LP

    March 01, 2012 8:33 AM EST Adam Lambert has officially put an end to a dispute with Colwel Platinum Entertainment over a deal the singer made before he starred on the eighth season of American Idol. The two sides have come to terms with each other to dismiss a lawsuit and a ...

  22. Backbeat: Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Gary Overton, More at Country Radio Seminar's Day Two

    February 24, 2012 1:24 PM EST (L-R): Kellie Pickler, Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton, Sara Evans and Headline Country's Storme Warren take in the Sony/BMG Cruise at CRS day two. (Photo: Alan Poizner) Country Radio Seminar attendees had a lot of choices for ...

  23. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, George Strait, Play Surprise Sets At UMG Nashville CRS Showcase

    February 23, 2012 2:32 PM EST Lionel Richie (left) and George Strait who bookended performances at the Universal Music Group Nashville's third annual artist showcase at the Country Music Seminar. (Photo: Dirk Vanoucek) In what has become a recent highlight of Country Radi ...

  24. 'X Factor' Judge Announcements Not Expected For Weeks, Says Simon Cowell

    February 22, 2012 5:36 PM EST Don't expect the "X Factors" two new judges to be in place by the time open auditions begin March 14 in Kansas City, Mo. Meetings will be taking pace over the next several weeks with potential judges at which time executive producer ...

  25. Jennifer Hudson Breaks Down During Rehearsal for Whitney Houston Grammy Tribute: Source

    February 12, 2012 5:43 PM EST Jennifer Hudson deserves all the praise the music industry can muster today as she prepares to pay tribute to Whitney Houston , the R&B superstar who was found dead in her hotel room on Saturday afternoon, hours before she was due to make an a ...

  26. Jimmy Iovine Denies Pitching Reality Show

    January 31, 2012 10:45 AM EST Last year "American Idol," shaking things up for its Simon Cowell-less 10th season, recruited Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to judge alongside series stalwart Randy Jackson. The show also brought in Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope ...

  27. Billboard Power 100: Nigel Lythgoe

    January 26, 2012 11:12 PM EST No. 92 Nigel Lythgoe Executive Producer "American Idol" Twitter: @DizzyFeet American Dream... English TV/film director/producer Nigel Lythgoe returned as an executive producer of "American Idol" for its 10th season after bowing ...

  28. Billboard Power 100: Ryan Seacrest

    January 26, 2012 9:45 PM EST No. 64 Ryan Seacrest CEO/Founder Ryan Seacrest Media Twitter: @RyanSeacrest All-American Idol... Set Ryan Seacrest's "American Idol" duties aside for a moment: It's really just the capstone to an impressive entertainment indust ...

  29. 'American Idol's' Casey Abrams Signs With Concord Music Group

    January 09, 2012 9:51 PM EST "American Idol's" Casey Abrams has signed with Concord Music Group. The season 10 finalist, who was famously saved during week five of the competition (and eventually eliminated on April 28) was a fan favorite from the start thanks ...

  30. 'X Factor' Finale Accident Leaves 3 Stagehands Injured

    December 22, 2011 9:47 PM EST Tragedy nearly struck in the last minutes of the "X Factor" finale as a stair riser came unhinged and hit two stagehands in the head and another in the elbow. The paramedics were on scene within minutes at stage 36 of CBS Television City ...

  31. Jennifer Lopez Reclaims Her Crown as Branding Queen

    December 12, 2011 3:53 PM EST At this time last year, Jennifer Lopez was still licking her wounds from a rough 2010. She kicked off the year with a poorly received performance of single "Louboutins," got dropped by Epic Records and failed to relaunch her film career ...

  32. 'American Idol' Alum Danny Gokey Parts Ways With RCA Nashville

    November 18, 2011 12:21 PM EST American Idol season 8 finalist Danny Gokey is the latest show alum to find himself without a major label deal. A spokesperson for the country singer's label confirms to the Hollywood Reporter that, "Danny Gokey and RCA Nashville have mu ...

  33. Backbeat: Aaron Carter Lauded By Diehard Fans, David Archuleta at Off-Broadway Debut

    November 08, 2011 2:05 PM EST Aaron Carter (middle) poses in his dressing room with manager Johnny Wright (left) and "Fantasticks" co-author Tom Jones after his debut performance. Former teen pop star Aaron Carter kicked off an extended run in the Off-Broadway produc ...

  34. 'American Idol's' Crystal Bowersox Parts Ways With 19 Recordings, Sony Music

    October 20, 2011 8:33 PM 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, ...

  35. 'American Idol' Stages A Country Comeback

    October 14, 2011 9:49 AM EDT "American Idol" is back. With the arrival of the show's latest winner, Scotty McCreery, at the top of the Billboard 200 this week, he breaks a woeful streak of subpar performances from the series' recent winners. "Clear ...

  36. 'American Idol' winner 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 with 197,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McCreery is the first country act to debut at No. 1 ...

  37. 'The X Factor' Vs. 'American Idol:' Who's Leading the Battle for Talent Show Supremacy (Analysis)

    October 07, 2011 9:43 PM EDT Now that "The X Factor" has had a minute to make its initial impression on America, with some 11.2 million people tuning in faithfully in week two, the time has come for us to step back and a take a good look at the slate of singing cont ...

  38. 'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 05, 2011 9:00 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 ...

  39. Simon Cowell Dishes On Upcoming Season of 'The X Factor'

    September 20, 2011 8:59 PM EDT Simon Cowell started a quick conversation by soliciting an opinion from this reporter about the premiere episode of The "X Factor" that will air Sept. 21 on Fox. After noting that it is indeed as he has said it would be -- over the top, ...

  40. Fox, NBC Agree to End 'American Idol,' 'Deal or No Deal' Texting Contests

    September 13, 2011 8:49 AM EDT Don't count on seeing any cheesy viewer text message contests on TV anytime soon. NBC Universal, Fox Broadcasting Company, and many of the production companies behind some of the most successful reality TV competition shows have agreed to an ...

  41. Whitney Houston in Talks to Star in Music-Themed Drama 'Sparkle'

    September 12, 2011 6:44 PM EDT Whitney Houston, making her first return to movies since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife," is in negotiations to star in Sparkle, Sony Pictures remake of the 1976 music-themed drama. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and actor Mik ...

  42. Simon Cowell Breaks Silence on 'X Factor' Lawsuit, Slams 'Idol' Creator

    August 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Simon Cowell has some choice words for American Idol creator Simon Fuller: Keep your hands off "The X Factor." Cowell is finally responding to the lawsuit filed in July by Fuller against Fox and producer Fremantle claiming Fuller is owed ...

  43. FremantleMedia PR Head Manfred Westphal Exits

    August 23, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Longtime "American Idol" PR man Manfred Westphal has resigned from his post as senior VP of marketing and communications at FremantleMedia North America, effective immediately, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. Citing immediate persona ...

  44. Jennifer Lopez Is Returning to 'American Idol,' Nigel Lythgoe Says

    August 10, 2011 4:17 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez is returning to American Idol. Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe let the cat out of the bag Wednesday during Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show that the singer-actress will return to the judges' table alongside mainstay Randy Ja ...

  45. Pepsi to Showcase 'X Factor' Winner in Super Bowl TV Ad

    August 08, 2011 6:29 AM EDT A significant new element to Pepsi's sponsorship of "The X Factor" has raised the stakes for contestants on the Fox singing competition show: The soft-drink giant says it will feature the winner in a Pepsi TV ad that will air duri ...

  46. Adam Lambert Splits With 'Idol' Manager 19 Entertainment

    August 05, 2011 10:44 PM EDT Adam Lambert is parting ways with 19 Entertainment, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. The "American Idol" runner-up from season 8 is signing with Direct Management Group, whose client roster includes Katy Perry, K.D. Lang and The Go-Go ...

  47. 'X Factor' Grand Prize Changed: Winner Gets $5 Million in Cash, Record Deal

    August 05, 2011 3:08 PM EDT Fox's "The X Factor" has altered its grand prize. The winner receives $5 million in cash in addition to a Syco/Sony Music recording contract rather than a deal worth $5 million, judge and show producer Simon Cowell said Friday durin ...

  48. Pepsi to Feature 'X Factor' Winner in Super Bowl Ad

    August 05, 2011 11:12 AM EDT A significant new element to Pepsi's sponsorship of " The X Factor " has raised the stakes for contestants on the Fox singing competition show: The soft-drink giant says it will feature the winner in a Pepsi TV ad that will air duri ...

  49. 'American Idol' Vet Haley Reinhart Signs With Interscope

    July 25, 2011 3:07 PM EDT She may not have made it to the finals last season, but fans can expect more to come from Haley Reinhart. The 20-year old singer has inked a deal with Interscope records, the same label to snag ninth place finisher Pia Toscano . Though reports sur ...

  50. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller Sues Fox Over 'X Factor' Fees

    July 20, 2011 1:20 PM EDT TV's most-watched show exploded into litigation today as "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller sued Fox claiming he should be paid a rich fee for the upcoming Simon Cowell competition show "The X Factor." According to a law ...

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