American Idol

  1. Ryan Seacrest Nears New Megadeal

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is putting the finishing touches on a contract extension with "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment to continue to emcee the top series on TV. The pact, which is believed to be for three years, ...

  2. Simon Cowell 'To Launch Global Entertainment Company'

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell is set to partner with U.K. retail magnate Sir Philip Green on a global entertainment company that will produce and own TV content in the U.S. and Britain. The venture, which does not yet have a name, will have Green's backing as ...

  3. 'Idol' Winner Kris Allen Inks Deal With 19, Jive

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It was inevitable, but now it's official - Kris Allen has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records just weeks after winning the eighth season of "American Idol," 19 Entertainment announced today. The singer's debut ...

  4. 'American Idol' Hits A High Note

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the final two contestants of season eight of "American Idol"—the folksy singer/songwriter Kris Allen and the zeitgeist-capturing vocalist Adam Lambert—faced off one last time, few predicted that the show's season finale would e ...

  5. Eminem's 'Relapse' Blasts In At No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's fifth straight No. 1 debut, "Relapse," roars at the top of the Billboard 200 with 608,000—the biggest sales week of the year for any album and the best since AC/DC's "Black Ice" began with 784,000 copies last ...

  6. Idols Inundate Hot 100, But 'Glee' Gloats With Top Debut

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nine combined tracks from "American Idol" winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert enter this week's Hot 100 tally, but each track lags behind "Don't Stop Believin'" by the cast of the Fox series "Glee ...

  7. 'Idol' Finale Scores All-time Ratings Low

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" wrapped its eighth season Wednesday with the lowest rating ever in the 18-49 demographic for an "Idol" finale, even as the series touted its largest margin of victory yet over competitors this season. The two-ho ...

  8. Kris Allen Crowned 'American Idol' In Surprise Victory

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" Season 8 champ on Wednesday night (May 20), after nearly 100 million votes declared the 23-year-old Conway, Arkansas native the winner over runner-up Adam Lambert. During the two hour-plus seaso ...

  9. 'Idol' Finale Down To The Wire

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kris Allen "won" the first round of the "American Idol" finale, but the force of nature known as Adam Lambert bounced back to tie it all up. Lambert, the guylinered glam rocker from California, is battling acoustic guitar pla ...

  10. The Latest 'American Idol' News, Business Analysis, Highlights And More

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kris Allen Crowned 'American Idol' In Surprise Victory Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" Season 8 champ on Wednesday night (May 20), after nearly 100 million votes declared the 23-year-old Conway, Arkansas native the w ...

  11. Lambert And Allen To Sing For 'American Idol' Crown

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A showy musical theatre actor and his clean-cut acoustic guitar-playing rival get their last chance to woo viewers and votes on Tuesday night in the final performance episode of "American Idol." After 100,000 people auditioned last summe ...

  12. 'American Idol' Is Ready For Its Next Act

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The crowd isn't cheering for Simon Fuller. Rather, it's the four talent judges whose appearance just minutes before a recent Wednesday evening "American Idol" telecast causes a loud burst of applause to fill the soundstage at C ...

  13. 'Idol' Expands Its Digital Boundaries

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" calls the Fox network its home. But for an increasing number of viewers, the show is a very portable obsession. No, you still can't vote for your favorite singers online. But from computers to iPods to AT&T-enabl ...

  14. Brands Take The 'American Idol' Stage

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Each season there is only one American Idol. But the real winners may be the show's loyal sponsors. Almost since its inception, "American Idol" has maintained strong ties with three main benefactors: Coca-Cola, Ford and AT&T (pr ...

  15. The "American Idol" Star Riffs On Music Reality Shows

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Would "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell want to stay on the show if the series ever slipped from No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings? Cowell bursts out laughing at the apparent obviousness of the answer. "Absolutely not!" he says dur ...

  16. Carrie Underwood Wins Country Music's Top Award

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood was named entertainer of the year at the 44th Academy of Country Music awards, securing her status as country's hottest star on a night that felt like a changing of the guards. Underwood became only the seventh woman in 39 ye ...

  17. Ruben Studdard Reconnects With 'Love Is'

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When 2003 “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard returns to the show this week (Thursday, 3/26), he will perform his new song, “Together.” The Stargate-produced track is also the lead single from Studdard’s fourth album, “Love Is.” The set will be ...

  18. 'American Idol' Launching Trading Card Line

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" fans will soon be able to trade Carrie Underwoods for Danny Gokeys. "Idol" production company FremantleMedia and trading card publisher Upper Deck are launching a new line of trading cards featuring images of pa ...

  19. Billboard TV: Industry Weighs 'Idol' Influence

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT From the young contestants' song choices to the artists who agree to become mentors on the program, former chart-topping acts can find their careers re-invigorated from what is commonly known as the "America Idol" bump. But despite ...

  20. Underwood Covers Motley Crue For "Idol"

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Season four "American Idol" winner and country superstar Carrie Underwood has recorded a song for the new season of the popular reality show. Her remake of Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home" will play each week as the farewel ...

  21. Clay Aiken Parts Ways With RCA

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Season two "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken has parted ways with RCA. A source tells Billboard Aiken left the label a couple of months ago, on the heels of his 2008 album, "On My Way Here." That set sold just 159,000 copies ...

  22. iTunes To Offer 'Idol' Performances

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Starting Wednesday (Feb. 18), "American Idol" fans can buy performance tracks from the show's 36 semifinalists on iTunes, and starting March 11, videos of the top 12 finalists also will be available for purchase. In addition, starti ...

  23. Jennifer Hudson Returns To Performance At Super Bowl

    February 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Jennifer Hudson returned to the spotlight tonight (Feb. 1) with a flawless performance of the national anthem before the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Wearing a flowing white top with black pants and a cropped black jacket, the 27-year-old singer/actr ...

  24. Katharine McPhee Signs With Verve

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former "American Idol" star Katharine McPhee has signed a new deal with Verve, Billboard.biz can reveal. The artist is recording her label debut, due before the end of the year. McPhee released a lone self-titled album for RCA in late 20 ...

  25. 'American Idol' Premiere Ratings Slip

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST The debut of the eighth season of "American Idol" averaged 30.1 million viewers Tuesday night, down 10% from the previous year's debut of 33.4 million, according to early ratings from Nielsen Media Research. That being said, "A ...

  26. New 'Idol' Judge Brings Girl Power Challenge To 'Bully Brother' Simon

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell may have the casting vote in early audition rounds of "American Idol" but it sounds like new judge Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul bring some girl power of their own to the tart-tongued British judge they call a "bully.& ...

  27. Update: 'American Idol' Changing Its Tune

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fox today (Dec. 15) outlined the schedule for the eighth season of "American Idol," which reworks the elimination process to extend the Hollywood round and gives judges the opportunity to send some of their overlooked favorite contestant ...

  28. Beyonce's 'Fierce' Debut Leads Pre-Turkey Day Chart

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beyonce! Nickelback! David Cook! The gang's all here as we roll into the hopefully busy post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend . . . Next week's chart will see new albums arrive from Kanye West, Guns N' Roses, the Killers, Ludacris and ...

  29. Taylor Hicks Inks Indie Deal For New CD

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former "American Idol" champion Taylor Hicks has aligned with artist services company Artist to Market for the release of his next album, due Feb. 10. The as-yet-untitled set, which Hicks is working on with producer Simon Climie, will ca ...

  30. Scardino Tapped For Exec Role At 19 Entertainment

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Janet Scardino has been appointed to president of commercial at 19 Entertainment, according to the company's CEO Simon Fuller. Based in New York, with offices in London and Los Angeles, Scardino will report to Fuller and 19 Entertainment pres ...

  31. Fourth Judge Added To 'American Idol'

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Grammy nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. DioGuardi, whose work includes Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away," Christina Aguilera's "Ain't ...

  32. Key `Idol' Producer Moving On

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A key "American Idol" producer who's guided the top-rated TV show since its debut is leaving the job as the Fox juggernaut faces the challenge of staying on top in its eighth season. Nigel Lythgoe is negotiating a joint-venture deal ...

  33. Gene Simmons To Serve As Judge On "Jingles"

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gene Simmons will act as judge on "Jingles," CBS's upcoming game show where amateur composers will create jingles for advertisements. As part of the show, Simmons will have an advisory panel consisting of advertising and marketing e ...

  34. 'Idol' Finalist Cook Signs With Arista Nashville

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Season seven "American Idol" finalist Kristy Lee Cook has signed with 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville. The Oregonian, who is preparing for the American Idols Live! Tour 2008, will team with songwriter/producer Brett James (Jessica Simpson ...

  35. 'Idol' Sets Auditions For New Season

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Auditions for the eighth season of "American Idol" begin Thursday, July 17 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The other audition cities are: Louisville, Ken. on July 21; Phoenix, Ariz. on July 25; Salt Lake City, Utah on July 29; San Ju ...

  36. AFM Files Suit Against American Idol

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Federation of Musicians has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against American Idol Productions and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions, who they alleged created an unauthorized orchestral soundtrack for the second season of &qu ...

  37. Fox Hits Big With Expanded iTunes Partnership

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The monumental ratings of "American Idol" may have declined ever so slightly this year. But sales numbers at Apple's iTunes store following the just-concluded season make clear that public demand for "Idol"-related recordi ...

  38. David Cook Sizzles With Record Chart Debuts

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Season seven "American Idol" champion David Cook will set a record for debut entries on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Digital Songs tomorrow as 11 titles enter the former, while 14 songs jump on the download tally. The onslaught is led b ...

  39. 3 Doors Down And 'Idol' Winner David Cook Rule Charts

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The top three on the Billboard 200 chart this week are all debuts, with 3 Doors Down opening at No. 1 while Bun B and Julianne Hough check in at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively ... "American Idol" winner David Cook is all over the Hot Digital ...

  40. 'Idol' Finale Ratings Match 2007 Results

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The rumblings throughout the season that "American Idol" was past its prime, that viewers were over the show, that it was time for the ratings juggernaut to be put out to pasture... Maybe not. For the finale Wednesday night, which saw Da ...

  41. David Cook Triumphs On 'American Idol'

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American Idol" tonight (May 21) at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. The 25-year-old Blue Springs, Mo., native earned 56% of the record 97.5 million votes cast at last night ...

  42. 'Idol' Hopeful Josiah Leming Signs To Warner Bros.

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Seventeen-year-old Josiah Leming -- known as the teary-eyed "American Idol" contestant who just missed making it through the show's Hollywood audition rounds -- has signed with Warner Bros. Records for a record and publishing deal ...

  43. 'Idol' Ratings Fall

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" posted its lowest rating among adults 18-49 in five years Wednesday, continuing its season-long slide as it edges towards its grand finale next month. The Fox talent show drew 22.6 million total viewers, and an 8.2 rating ...

  44. Jordin Sparks Battling Throat Injury, Leaves Keys Tour

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jordin Sparks is battling an acute vocal cord hemorrhage and has dropped off the just-launched Alicia Keys tour while she recovers. The 2007 "American Idol" winner was forced to cancel three shows over the weekend, including the opening ...

  45. Lewis Leaps To No. 1 Debut

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leona Lewis is the first Britsh solo artist to bow atop the Billboard 200 with a debut album, ending a 22-year drought for U.K. solo female artists at No. 1. Her "Spirit" bows with 205,000, marking the first No. 1 by a female Brit since ...

  46. Pickler, Swift Big Winners At CMT Music Awards

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT She wasn't in the house, but Kellie Pickler went home the night's top winner at the 2008 CMT Music Awards, held tonight (April 14) at Nashville's Curb Event Center at Belmont University. Pickler who had a private engagement in Scott ...

  47. 'Idol Gives Back' Raises $22 Million For Charity

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fox's "Idol Gives Back" charity telethon raised $22 million for charity last night (April 9), thanks to a combination of corporate sponsorship and donations from viewers who called in to the show and gave via AmericanIdol.com The ...

  48. Cornell Chats 'Idol'/'Billie Jean' Performance

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chris Cornell says he's surprised but flattered that "American Idol" contestant David Cook performed a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" last week on the show, in what was nearly a note-for-note version of Corn ...

  49. 'Idol' Ratings Get Lennon-McCartney Boost

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It took "American Idol" seven seasons to get the rights to use the Lennon-McCartney catalog, but access to the Beatles' songs has paid off in big ratings for the show's March 11 installment. According to Nielsen Media Researc ...

  50. 'American Idol' Whittles Down To Final 12

    March 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The top 12 "American Idol" finalists include an actress, a "Star Search" champion, an Australian, a male stripper and someone who already recorded a debut album. The popular Fox singing contest cut four contestants from the c ...

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