Ruben Studdard

  1. Chart Moves: 'Divergent' Soundtrack Debuts on Billboard 200, Christian Music Takes Over Dance Chart

    March 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the unstoppable "Frozen" soundtrack returned to No. 1 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, while Luke Bryan's latest "Spring Break" EP started at No. 2. Outside the top 10, there we ...

  2. '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 ...

  3. '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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. DeWyze, Bowersox Reflect On "Idol," Reveal Album Details

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" Lee DeWyze offered up some hints as to the direction of this first major label album Friday, saying he's most recently been inspired by the Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews and Sufjan Stevens. "I really dig [Kings o ...

  6. 'Idol' Results Finale Ratings Down 16%

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The crowning of Lee DeWyze as the ninth season "American Idol" champ drew 24.2 million total viewers Wednesday night, down 15.9% from the 28.8 million that watched Kris Allen take the title in 2009, according to numbers provided by Nie ...

  7. Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard To Tour Together

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, the two contestants who battled for the "American Idol" title in 2003, will co-headline a summer tour. Studdard, who was voted the winner, and Aiken, the close runner up, will play dates on the East Coast a ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. '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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. R&B Legends Give Voice to Time Life ‘Worship’ CD

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Regina Belle, Teddy Pendergrass and Peabo Bryson are among the soul veterans raising their voices on “Songs 4 Worship Soul.” The 14-track CD (March 3) is the latest entry in Time Life and partner Integrity Music’s popular “Songs 4 Worship” series. ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Jackson Takes Senior A&R Role At RCA

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Larry Jackson has been promoted to senior VP of A&R for the RCA Music Group. He was previously VP of A&R for J Records. Larry continues to report to Clive Davis, chairman and CEO BMG U.S. and is based in New York. Jackson joined J Records ...

  17. 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� ...

  18. Diddy Scores First No. 1 Album In Nine Years

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Moves 170,000 copies in the United States. Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 this week with "Press Play." The Bad Boy/Atlantic effort also knocks Lloyd Banks' "Rotten Apple" from the throne ...

  19. 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. ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Lopez Promoted To VP At J/Arista

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Previous stints include Billboard, Hollywood, A&M. Stephanie Lopez has been promoted to VP of urban adult promotion for J/Arista Records. She continues to report to Ken Wilson, senior VP of urban promotion and remains based in the company’ ...

  22. Underwood Wins 4th 'Idol' Crown

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The "country girl" prevailed May 25 as Carrie Underwood was named the "American Idol" at the conclusion of the Fox show's two-hour fourth season finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The "country girl" prevai ...

  23. U2's 'Bomb' Lands Atop Billboard 200

    December 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST U2 earns its sixth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and nearly doubles its previous best sales week, as "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Interscope) bursts in with 840,000 units, according to Nielsen Soun U2 earns its sixth No. 1 on The Bill ...

  24. U2's 'Bomb' Lands Atop Billboard 200

    December 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST U2 earns its sixth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and nearly doubles its previous best sales week, as "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Interscope) bursts in with 840,000 units, according to Nielsen Soun U2 earns its sixth No. 1 on The Bill ...

  25. Arista/J Names Burroughs As Senior VP

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jeff Burroughs has been appointed senior VP of urban marketing at Arista/J Records. Jeff Burroughs has been appointed senior VP of urban marketing at Arista/J Records. In his new position, to be announced Monday (Nov. 19), Burroughs reports to Ari ...

  26. Arista/J Names Burroughs As Senior VP

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jeff Burroughs has been appointed senior VP of urban marketing at Arista/J Records. Jeff Burroughs has been appointed senior VP of urban marketing at Arista/J Records. In his new position, to be announced Monday (Nov. 19), Burroughs reports to Ari ...

  27. 'Idol' Star Kimberley Locke Set To Tour

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Curb Recording artist and "American Idol" finalist Kimberley Locke will embark on her first solo concert tour, One Love Live, Oct. 2 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. Curb Recording artist and "American Ido ...

  28. Ratings Dip For 'American Idol' Finale

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An estimated 31.4 million people tuned in to watch Fantasia Barrino's <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/music/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000520071">tearstained victory</A> at An estimated 31.4 mi ...

  29. Vandross Wins Four NAACP Image Awards

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Luther Vandross won four NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony Saturday (March 6) that blended politics with a wide range of honors for works by and about people of color. The soul crooner is recovering fr Luther Vandross won four NAACP Image Awards in ...

  30. Twista Capitalizes On 'Kamikaze' With Tour

    February 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST In the wake of his exploding record in "Kamikaze" (Atlantic), Twista will tour U.S. theaters this spring, before heading overseas. "Kamikaze" has sold more than 700,000 units in four weeks, according In the wake of his explodin ...

  31. OutKast Leads RIAA's January Certs

    February 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast's momentum is showing no signs of slowing in 2004, as "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) was certified eight-times platinum in January by the RIAA. OutKast's momentum is showing no signs of slowing in 2004, as " ...

  32. 'Idols' Clarkson, Aiken To Hit The Road

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken, veterans of the "American Idol" TV talent show, will begin a 30-date arena tour Feb. 24 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Coliseum, Billboard.Biz has learned. Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken, veterans of the "Amer ...

  33. OutKast Back At Number One On Year's Final Billboard 200

    January 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast's double-disc "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in the final sales week of the year, marking the third separate occasion the album has topped the c OutKast's double-disc &quo ...

  34. Alicia Gets Her No. 1 Wish

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rising from No. 2, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in a big shopping week. U.S. sales of the set are up 8% from last week to 370,000 units, according to Nielsen Rising from No. 2, "The Diary of ...

  35. Alicia Gets Her No. 1 Wish

    December 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rising from No. 2, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in a big shopping week. U.S. sales of the set are up 8% from last week to 370,000 units, according to Nielsen Rising from No. 2, "The Diary of ...