American Idol

  1. Ruben Returns For 'Idol' Farewell Track

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST To paraphrase "The Godfather" -- just when you think you're out on "American Idol," they keep pulling you back in. Indeed, season-two winner Ruben Studdard will perform the "farewell song" used to play off the lo ...

  2. 'Idol' Get Beatles OK

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The producers of "American Idol" have received permission from Sony/ATV Music Publishing for the show's contestants to perform songs from the John Lennon-Paul McCartney catalog. While specifics of how the show will use the Lennon-Mc ...

  3. 'Idol' Performances Find A Home At iTunes

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beginning this week, "American Idol" fans will find salvation on Apple's iTunes Music Store, which will offer downloads of every performance from the top 24 semifinalists. Full songs will be $0.99, while full videos of the final 1 ...

  4. 'Idol' Return Draws 33.2 Million

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tuesday's return of "American Idol" drew 33.2 million viewers -- down from last year but still nothing to sneeze at. The mega-series was down 11% in viewership when it premiered to 37.4 million viewers on Jan. 16, 2007, according to ...

  5. Another 'Idol' Exit: McPhee Leaves RCA

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Katharine McPhee has joined fellow "American Idol" contestants Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard as former members of the Sony BMG family. The artist has parted ways with RCA after a solitary album, a 2007 self-titled affair that debuted a ...

  6. 'Idol' Champ Hicks Splits With Arista

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST 2006 "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks has split with Arista, which released his self-titled major-label debut in late '06. The set has sold 699,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Taylor is goi ...

  7. Year-End Wrap: Underwood Leads 'Idol' Alums On Country Charts

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The last two years have provided a quick ride to the top for 2005 "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood. And if there were any doubts about how the winner of America's most famous music reality show would fare in the country world, ...

  8. Digital Briefs: Music Choice, TiVo, YouMail, American Idol

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Music Choice's on-demand music videos and original programming is now available to TiVo users. The two companies joined forces to add the Music Choice service to the TiVoCast feature on broadband-connected TiVo devices at no extra cost to u ...

  9. Josh Groban Takes 'Noel' to No. 1

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST It's a happy holiday for Josh Groban, as the singer nabs his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with "Noel" ... It ascends to the chart's top slot with a career-high 405,000 -- thanks partially to his surprise performance ...

  10. Report: 'Idol' Creator, Google Eye IPTV Service

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST According to rumors reported by IPTV Watch , American Idol creator Simon Fuller and Google are in talks to create an IPTV service designed to "distribute entertainment and music in new and innovative ways." The service is believed to be ...

  11. Urban, Underwood Make Formidable Touring Team

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Two of country's biggest stars are joining forces for a U.S. tour early next year. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will hit the road together beginning Jan. 31 in a city to be announced. The outing will play 24 dates to be announced; tickets ...

  12. SUPER BOWL SONG DAY

    October 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Big Winner On Feb. 3 May Not Be On The Field The Halftime Hero: Tom Petty Even in these post-wardrobe-malfunction times, the performer at the Super Bowl's halftime show stands to see a jump in sales afterward. Last year, "The Very Be ...

  13. 'American Idol' Winner Sparks Jive Deal

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has announced that "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks has signed to 19 Recordings/Jive Records. The label will release lead single, "Tattoo," on Aug. 27, followed by her still as-yet-untitled debut album in November. ...

  14. Lyric Jeans To Launch 'Idol' Clothing Line

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lyric Jeans, Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with FremantleMedia, co-producer and licensor for American Idol, to create an American Idol branded apparel line. The initial Lyric Jeans-American Idol collection will be aimed at the junior ...

  15. Maroon 5 Nudges Linkin Park From Atop Billboard 200

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a week where four of the five top albums on The Billboard 200 are debuts, Maroon 5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" leads the pack at No. 1. The A&M/Octone effort moved 429,000 copies in the United States, according to N ...

  16. Sparks Shines As Sixth American Idol

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a flurry of thank yous and literal sparks, 17-year-old Jordin Sparks was crowned the sixth season winner of "American Idol" tonight (May 23). Competing against 25-year-old Blake Lewis for the crown, the young Glendale, Ariz., native b ...

  17. Ne-Yo Scores Second No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo scores his second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Because of You" enters at the summit. Amid a heavy week for new releases, the Def Jam set moved 251,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, fueled by i ...

  18. iTunes To Offer American Idol Special Performances

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT iTunes will be offering exclusive video and audio downloads of performances from the two-night American Idol special "Idol Gives Back." Performers include Kelly Clarkson; Gwen Stefani: Earth, Wind & Fire; Josh Groban with the African ...

  19. Hot 'Damn,' Avril's No. 1

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne takes "The Best Damn Thing" straight in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, selling 286,000 copies. It's her second chart-topper, following 2004's "Under My Skin" ... Nine Inch Nails notches its fourth straig ...

  20. Idol Contestant Gains Single Name Fame

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar should now be addressed as "Sanjaya" — at least in the blogosphere. Web chatter over his improbable enduring presence in the top-rated TV singing competition has reached such a fever pitch that bl ...

  21. Winners' Circle

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For five seasons, "Idol" has packed the charts with pop tarts, soulful singers and even a country princess. Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1) Winning Song: "Before Your Love" Career Thus Far: Clarkson is the first and easily the ...

  22. Company Man

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If media moguls had to be screened by the judges of Fox's "American Idol," Simon Fuller wouldn't make it past the first stage. "Too dull. He's essentially nothing better than a karaoke performer," Simon Cowell wo ...

  23. The 'American' Way

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT From the start, Fox's "American Idol" has had some of the most popular kids on the marketing playground in its corner. Coca-Cola, Cingular (now called AT&T) and Ford all jumped in as the show's sponsors in the first two sea ...

  24. Virtual Idol

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 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 extend ...

  25. American Idol 2007

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST 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 Marc ...

  26. Better 'Late' Than Never: Jones Debuts At No. 1

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST After a three-year absence from The Billboard 200, Norah Jones earns her third No. 1 on the chart with "Not Too Late" (Blue Note), which sold 405,000 first-week copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Jones' las ...

  27. Daughtry Edges Out 'Dreamgirls' To Claim No. 1

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry's debut RCA album, released under his last name, ascends to No. 1 in its ninth week on The Billboard 200 by selling 65,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His ma ...

  28. McPhee To Guest Star On Pop Culture Blog

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST American Idol graduate Katharine McPhee, who is gearing up for the release of her self-titled debut album Jan. 30, will guest star on pop culture video blog Lonelygirl15. The blog is a video serial centering on the life of a fictional teenage girl ...

  29. From The Magazine: American Idol - The 'American' Way

    January 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST It's hard to imagine that the producers of "American Idol" would want to tinker with the show's formula following last season. After all, the hit reality program -- a talent search for music's Next Big Thing -- was 2006� ...

  30. 'American Idol' Finalist Signs With Nashville Label

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" finalist Bucky Covington has signed with Nashville-based Lyric Street Records, where he joins fellow "AI" alumni Josh Gracin. Following his time on last year's show, Covington performed with his fellow cont ...

  31. Jeezy Does It: 'Inspiration' On Top

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Inspiration," easily beating the peak of his 2005 effort ... "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks proves the power of his soul patrol with his self-titled debut at No. 2 ...

  32. Incubus Lands First No. 1 Album

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, Incubus achieves its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200, as "Light Grenades" debuts ... the long-delayed second studio set from Clipse finally makes its entrance, starting at No. 14 on the big cha ...

  33. American Idol Rocker Chris Daughtry Signs With BMG Songs

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST BMG Songs has signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with American Idol rocker Chris Daughtry, whose self-titled debut album on RCA Records currently sits at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 (Dec. 9). Daughtry, the fourth-place finalist from the fif ...

  34. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Signs Braide

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Songwriter/producer has co-wrote songs for Aiken, DeGarmo. Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed songwriter/producer Chris Braide through the publisher's U.K. office. Braide co-wrote Clay Aiken's "This is the Night," which hit N ...

  35. Janet, Fergie, Killers To Rock Billboard Awards

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Event will which will air live on Fox Dec. 4. Janet Jackson, Fergie and the Killers are the first acts confirmed to perform at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on Fox Dec. 4 from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Celine D ...

  36. Aiken Holding Off On Tour Until Next Year

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Spot dates planned for November and December. Clay Aiken's third album, the covers-heavy "A Thousand Different Ways," comes out tomorrow (Sept. 19), but the second season "American Idol" runner-up plans to take his time be ...

  37. Hicks Settles Suit Over Pre-'Idol' Tracks

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist sued Nashville producer over rights to three songs. Reigning "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks has settled a lawsuit he brought against a Nashville producer over the rights to three songs he wrote and recorded before becoming a ...

  38. Hicks Sues To Prevent Sale Of Early Tracks

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Songs showed up for sale on iTunes. A federal judge in Birmingham, Ala., has temporarily barred a producer from selling songs recorded by "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks when he was still just a gray-haired bar crooner from Alabama. ...

  39. On The Road

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Anyone who ever doubted that the "American Idol" TV phenomenon would not have legs as a touring entity was wrong as 60 sellouts for the 2006 American Idols Live tour attest. Read Ray Waddell's column. Anyone who ever doubted that th ...

  40. On The Road

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Anyone who ever doubted that the "American Idol" TV phenomenon would not have legs as a touring entity was wrong as 60 sellouts for the 2006 American Idols Live tour attest. Read Ray Waddell's column. Anyone who ever doubted that th ...

  41. 'Idol' Finalist Signs Deal With Sony BMG Imprint

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kellie Pickler, the folksy, season five "American Idol" finalist, has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings and Nashville-based BNA Records, an imprint of Sony BMG Nashville. Kellie Pickler, the folksy, season five "American Idol& ...

  42. Hicks Heads Straight To No. 1 On Hot 100

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT K physical singles, 38K digital downloads sold. Season five "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud" will debut on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 to be published tomorrow (June 22) on Blilboard.com. ...

  43. Studdard Wins $2 Million In Suit

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 million in his lawsuit against his ex-manager for misappropriating the singer's money and credit cards. "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 mi ...

  44. 'Idol' Runner-Up McPhee Signs Record Deal

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Inks to Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited and RCA. Like winner Taylor Hicks, "American Idol" season five runner-up Katharine McPhee, has signed to Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited and RCA. The 22-year-old's interpre ...

  45. Hicks Crowned Fifth Season American Idol Winner

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Hicks was crowned "American Idol" at the conclusion of the Fox show's two-hour fifth season finale Wednesday night (May 24) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Competing against 22-year-old Kath Silver-haired Southerner Taylor ...

  46. Tunstall Teams With Origins

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Records artist KT Tunstall is on a roll. One week after her debut album, "Eye to the Telescope," experienced a 78% increase in sales, with an additional 9% gain this week, Tunstall has partnere Virgin Records artist KT Tunstall is ...

  47. Kelly Clarkson, Ford Motors Enter Deal

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pact includes ad campaign, tour sponsorship. The Ford Motor Company and two-time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson have entered into a marketing partnership surrounding the launch of the auto manufacturer's new Bold Moves campaign. The partnership ...

  48. Billboard Latin Music Conf & Awards Kick Off

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promo impact of TV debated on first panel. The promotional impact of television and the "American Idol" model were ideas in focus at the “TV Star” panel which opened this year's Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards in Miami ...

  49. 'Nashville Star' Launches Download Service

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Offers a 'points' program and discounts to users. USA Network has tapped PassAlong Networks to power a digital download service for its American Idol-like country music television series Nashville Star. The service, which went live March ...

  50. 'American Idol' Crushes Grammys In Ratings

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nearly twice as many people - 28.3 million - watched "American Idol" than watched the Grammy Awards - 15.1 million - when the two music programs went head-to-head in prime time Wednesday, according to Nearly twice as many people - 28.3 m ...

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