American Idol

  1. 'American Idol' Vet Kimberley Locke on New EP, Running Her Own Label, and Taking Control

    July 19, 2011 3:29 PM EDT With eight Billboard No. 1s under her belt - ranging from Hot 100 Singles Sales to Hot Dance Club Play to the Adult Contemporary chart - "American Idol" veteran Kimberley Locke is going for the top rung again with a new single and EP, bu ...

  2. 'American Idol' Vs. 'The Voice': Who Won the Billboard Chart Battle?

    July 07, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Which TV reality singing competition made a bigger impact with music consumers this season, Fox's venerable "American Idol" or NBC's upstart "The Voice"? Let's take a look at the numbers logged by both "Idol ...

  3. 'American Idol' and Billboard: James Durbin, Haley Reinhart Become 55th and 56th Finalists on Charts

    July 07, 2011 4:47 PM EDT With the debuts of their Walmart exclusive EPs on the Billboard charts this week, Season 10 contestants James Durbin and Haley Reinhart become the 55th and 56th "American Idol" finalists to see their names appear on charts published by B ...

  4. Beyonce's Scores Fourth No. 1 On Billboard 200 With '4'

    July 06, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected , Beyonce's fourth solo studio album, "4," bounds in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the diva's fourth solo No. 1 and fourth studio set to top the lis ...

  5. 'American Idol's' Pia Toscano Signs With Interscope Records

    July 05, 2011 7:39 PM EDT "American Idol's" Pia Toscano has officially signed a recording contract with Interscope Records, THR has confirmed. She will release her debut single, "This Time," on July 12 and perform the song as part of her set during ...

  6. Which 'American Idol' Season 10 Alums Have Management Deals?

    June 23, 2011 11:58 PM EDT With the "American Idol" summer tour about to kick off (July 6 at West Valley City, Utah's Maverik Center is the first date of the two-month trek) and the careers of Season 10's alums soon to launch, some key management decisio ...

  7. The 'American Idol' Afterglow: 15 Alums Are on This Week's Billboard Charts

    June 22, 2011 4:26 PM EDT It's been just four weeks since the season 10 finale of "American Idol," so it's no surprise that winner Scotty McCreery is appearing on several Billboard charts, including Hot Country Songs (where his debut single "I Love ...

  8. Analysis: 35 Million Reasons Why Jennifer Lopez Might Not Return to 'American Idol'

    June 15, 2011 12:24 PM EDT How about we just call it like it is: Jennifer Lopez's recent admission to the BBC that she's "on the fence" about returning to "American Idol" next season is likely nothing more than a ploy for a pay hike. Lopez' ...

  9. Jennifer Lopez 'On the Fence' About 'American Idol' Return

    June 15, 2011 7:45 AM EDT First-year 'American Idol' judge Jennifer Lopez says she's "on the fence" about returning to Fox's competition series for a second season. The singer told BBC Radio 1's Scott Mills , "I don't know. I ha ...

  10. Kellie Pickler Closes Billboard Summit With Rousing Performance

    June 08, 2011 12:42 PM EDT Kellie Pickler at the Billboard Country Music Summit's closing reception Tuesday night (photo: Beth Gwinn) The two-day Billboard Country Music Summit , held in Nashville this week, ended with a rousing performance by Kellie Pickler at Tuesday ...

  11. Video: Carrie Underwood Talks Scotty McCreery, the Opry, New Album at Billboard's Country Music Summit Q&A

    June 07, 2011 11:45 AM EDT The Hot Seat: Carrie Underwood (right) interviewed by Billboard's Wade Jessen at the Country Music Summit (Photo: Beth Gwinn) From her beginnings as an American Idol champ to her multi-platinum country success to her recent foray into acting, ...

  12. Lady Gaga Roars to Top of Billboard 200, Brad Paisley at No. 2

    June 01, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Lady Gaga comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as her "Born This Way" set sold 1,108,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That marks the largest sales week for any album since 2005 and ...

  13. 'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Makes Historic Start, Lauren Alaina Debuts on Hot Country Songs

    May 30, 2011 11:51 AM EDT After winning the 10th season of "American Idol" Wednesday, Scotty McCreery blasts onto Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Hot Country Songs chart at No. 32 with coronation track "I Love You This Big." McCreery performed the so ...

  14. 'American Idol' Ratings Up From Last Year

    May 26, 2011 6:26 PM EDT Country crooner Scotty McCreery and Fox itself are both smiling over the conclusion of "American Idol." Wednesday's finale of the nation's most popular television show was seen by an estimated 29.3 million people. The Nielsen C ...

  15. Kellie Pickler to Perform at Billboard Country Music Summit's Closing Party

    May 26, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Kellie Pickler, who has enjoyed great success as a BNA/Sony Music Nashville recording artist since her stint as an "American Idol" finalist, will perform at the Billboard Country Music Summit 's closing party on Tuesday, June 7 in N ...

  16. 'American Idol' Draft Contracts Reveal Big Paydays for Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina

    May 26, 2011 3:07 PM EDT Scotty McCreery can thank a fourth judge for clearing his path to becoming the latest "American Idol" - one who didn't have to critique his singing. A Los Angeles judge approved a minor's contract establishing financial protect ...

  17. Scotty McCreery Wins 'American Idol' Season 10

    May 25, 2011 10:37 PM EDT Scotty McCreery, whose deep, syrupy voice has been compared to the likes of Josh Turner, was crowned season 10's "American Idol" on Wednesday's (May 25) finale. Seventeen-year-old McCreery defeated fellow teenaged country singe ...

  18. Seacrest: Record Vote For 'American Idol' Finale

    May 25, 2011 8:56 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest says the "American Idol" contest between two teenage country singers drew a record number of votes. More than 122 million votes were cast for Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, "American Idol" host Seacrest said a ...

  19. Is Eliminated 'American Idol' Finalist Haley Reinhart Already Signed?

    May 24, 2011 7:39 AM EDT According to the American Idol Top 3 finalist's parents Harry and Patti, who are fast becoming a treasure trove of key information, she has already recorded a single and plans to debut it on the season 10 finale this Wednesday. Dad Harry reve ...

  20. Update: U2's Bono, the Edge to Perform on 'American Idol' Season Finale

    May 23, 2011 12:38 PM EDT After winning the Top Touring Artist Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 22), U2 members Bono and the Edge are set to perform on the "American Idol" season 10 finale this Wednesday. An announcement posted on U2. ...

  21. Carrie Underwood Surpasses Kelly Clarkson as Biggest 'Idol' Earner

    May 19, 2011 8:24 PM EDT Simon Cowell predicted it during season 4 and in 2011 it came true -- Carrie Underwood is now officially "American Idol's" top earner, surpassing season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson. In the new issue of the Hollywood Reporter, which feat ...

  22. Cee Lo Green: 'The Voice' Judges Will Be Back for Season Two

    May 19, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Before NBC's hit singing competition "The Voice" kicks off its finals phase and transitions to live broadcasts beginning June 7, Cee Lo Green tells Billboard.com that he and the other judges -- Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and ...

  23. 'American Idol': Strong Numbers Surprise Even Fox Execs

    May 17, 2011 5:31 PM EDT American Idol" is re-establishing its dominance heading toward the conclusion of another season. The two airings of Fox's contest were the most-watched programs in prime-time television last week, the Nielsen Co. said. It's a famili ...

  24. NARM's Jim Donio On Today's Music Business: 'It's Not For The Faint of Heart'

    May 11, 2011 7:52 AM EDT The 2011 NARM convention kicked off at the Hyatt Century City on Monday, drawing an estimated 1,000 registrants to its lineup of panels, performances and networking opportunities galore. Over the years, the confab of the National Association of Re ...

  25. Paula Abdul Officially Joins Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'

    May 08, 2011 10:33 PM EDT After months of speculation , Paula Abdul has finally confirmed that she will join Simon Cowell's "X Factor" as the fourth and final judge. Along with Cowell and previously announced judges Cheryl Cole and Antonio "L.A." R ...

  26. Will 4th Judge For 'X Factor' Be Paula Abdul?

    May 06, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Taping for the new Fox singing contest "X Factor" is scheduled to start Sunday. But only three of the expected four judges have been announced. While the clock is ticking, the identity of the show's fourth judge, though widely expec ...

  27. Simon Cowell Tops Mick Jagger, Sting In UK music Rich List

    May 04, 2011 10:29 PM EDT "The X Factor" and former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell jumped to number 6 in the British music rich list in 2011 after his fortune hit 200 million pounds ($330 million), Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said on Thurs ...

  28. Ryan Seacrest Preps Music Show for NBC; Promises It Won't Compete With 'Idol'

    May 02, 2011 10:00 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest is in early talks with NBC to do a music themed show. Unlike "American Idol," the Ryan Seacrest Productions project is not a traditional competition show, nor is it clear that Seacrest would serve as host. At this stage, th ...

  29. David Cook to Headline NARM Awards Dinner

    April 25, 2011 9:21 PM EDT David Cook adds another event to his agenda in the weeks leading up to the release of his much anticipated second album. The "American Idol" season 7 winner will headline the NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) Convent ...

  30. Jennifer Lopez Shops Musical Competition to TV Networks: Report

    April 21, 2011 4:06 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has joined forces with "American Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller and his company, XIX Entertainment, for a new musical competition. They are shopping a reality series, tentatively titled "Que Viva,&q ...

  31. 'American Idol' Executive Producer Says Show Will Change Voting Next Season

    April 20, 2011 3:49 PM EDT "American Idol" producers will discuss changes to the voting process at the end of this season, but will not tweak the process this year. Executive producer Ken Warwick said the producers will consider limiting the number of text votes a ...

  32. 'American Idol' Accused of Weight Bias; Show Denies Claim

    April 13, 2011 7:22 AM EDT A 19-year-old "American Idol" studio audience member claims that she was barred from a front-row seat and told it was because of her weight, an allegation denied by the show's production company. Ashley Kauffman, of Riverside, Cal ...

  33. Fergie Joins 'X Factor' Contenders As Producers Have 'Nightly Arguments,' Simon Cowell Says

    April 08, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie is in the running for a judge's spot on the upcoming U.S. version of "The X Factor," but creator Simon Cowell said on Thursday that producers were still juggling dozens of names for the TV talent show. ...

  34. 'American Idol' Scores Huge Ratings with Thursday Episode

    March 04, 2011 1:33 PM EST "American Idol" continues to post double-digit increases in its ratings, with Thursday night's paring down to 13 finalists scoring a 29 percent increase over last season's similar broadcast. With 24.96 million viewers Thursda ...

  35. Web Trends: Dr. Dre's 'I Need A Doctor' Video, Watch Matt Bellamy Drunk At Shockwaves, Buy Bieber's Hair

    February 25, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 20. American Idol Top 24 Season 10 The top 24 for the tenth season of "American Idol" was announced last night. Included are fan favorites Casey Abrams and Lauren Alaina, while other favorites such as Jacee Badeaux and Col ...

  36. Jennifer Lopez To Premiere Video For 'On The Floor' On 'American Idol'

    February 24, 2011 10:39 AM EST "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez will premiere the music video for new single "On the Floor" during the singing talent show March 3. The tune, which features Cuban-American rapper Pitbull, debuted this week at No. 40 on Bil ...

  37. 'American Idol' Alum David Archuleta Dropped by Jive Records

    February 18, 2011 3:15 PM EST "American Idol" season 7 runner-up David Archuleta has been dropped by Jive Records, a label spokeperson has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . Rumors that Archuleta had been dropped first began spreading on Thursday night (Feb. 17) ...

  38. Adam Lambert Signs Admin Deal With Kobalt

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Kobalt Music Group has signed Adam Lambert to a worldwide administration deal, a rep for the company told Billboard today. The "American Idol" runner-up co-wrote a number of songs on his most recent album, including "Pick You Up ...

  39. Universal Cuts 62 Staffers Amid Top-Level Shakeups

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal today confirmed that it cut approximately 60 staffers, as expected, and also hired former Sony A&R rep Larry Jackson as executive vice president of Interscope Geffen A&M, the New York Times reported . The news comes amid unconfir ...

  40. 'American Idol' Ratings Drop Second Night

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The second episode of American Idol continued yesterday's downward trajectory. Averaging 22.9 million viewers with a 7.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, Idol was down 9 percent among total viewers and 15 percent in the demo, compared to the ...

  41. 'American Idol' Ratings Down 13 Percent From Last Year's Premiere

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Initial ratings show interest is down in "American Idol" and its new team of judges. The Nielsen Co. says 26.2 million people saw the two-hour season premiere Wednesday night of television's most popular show. That's down 13 pe ...

  42. 'American Idol' TCA Panel Reveals: 20 Semifinalists, Longer Hollywood Week, 'Helpful' Judges

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST The big "American Idol" roll-out officially kicked off this morning when host Ryan Seacrest, judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine, Fox president of Alternative Programming Mike Darnell, and ...

  43. 'American Idol': Behind the Scenes of TV's Big Gamble

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST There's a saying in the music business that you're only as good as your last hit. If that were true of television, then American Idol might have been dropped after last season. With falling ratings, to the tune of 9 percent, lack of star ...

  44. 8 Big Changes Coming to 'American Idol'

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST New judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler aren't the only changes in store for the 10th season of "American Idol," premiering Jan. 19 on Fox. 1. UPDATED SET The set is undergoing substantial modification, including the location of ...

  45. Simon Cowell Switches From Coke ('American Idol') to Pepsi ('X-Factor') Sponsorship

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is now a Pepsi man. The U.S. version of The X Factor, which Cowell's Syco Television produces with FremantleMedia North America, has inked a deal with the soft-drink maker to become an official sponsor of the singing competition, ...

  46. 'American Idol' Hires Ray Chew as New Music Director

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Among the changes for the upcoming tenth season of American Idol (premiering Jan. 19 on Fox) is a new music director to fill the seat Rickey Minor vacated when he left to lead The Tonight Show band at the end of Season 9. The Hollywood Reporter ha ...

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

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM 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 ...

  48. Bowersox Bonnaroo Bound?

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST We knew from the moment Crystal Bowersox hit our TV screens last January that she wasn't your typical American Idol contestant. With an acoustic guitar -- signed by one of her heroes, Melissa Etheridge -- slung over her shoulder like an old b ...

  49. Jackson, Boyle, Swift Battling For No. 1 On Next Week's Chart

    December 15, 2010 12:00 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� ...

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

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM 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 t ...

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