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  1. Randy Jackson Tweets For Help On Grammy Votes

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Taking a page out of "American Idol," judge Randy Jackson is reaching out to his Twitter followers to help him fill out his Grammy ballot. Voting members of the Recording Academy have until Friday to get their votes to accounting firm De ...

  2. Fox To Order More 'American Idol'

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fox is near a deal to order more seasons of "American Idol" -- with or without its most popular judge, Simon Cowell. The network's current contract with "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia extends through t ...

  3. Susan Boyle Blocks Alicia Keys From No. 1 On Billboard 200

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST There's just no stopping Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream." The album continues to lock up the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth week in a row, selling 661,000 copies (up 14%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. &qu ...

  4. Report: Simon Cowell Will Leave 'American Idol'

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has decided to quit the top-rated TV talent show when his contract ends in 2010, according to a report in British tabloid the Sun, which would deal a blow to the Fox network. Cowell, 50, has been with t ...

  5. Year-End Chart Analysis: Priests, 'Popera' Stars Shine On Classical Charts

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Priests, a group of holy men from Northern Ireland, and Il Divo, the "popera" boy band assembled by "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, were the year's best sellers on the Traditional Classical and Classical Crossover ...

  6. Carmen Electra To Host Billboard New Year's Special

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Carmen Electra will host Billboard’s New Year’s Eve Live special airing Dec. 31 from 11:00 PM to 12:30 AM on Fox. American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen, Idol finalist Allison Iraheta, and Sean Kingston are set to perform at the event, which ...

  7. Boyle, Bocelli Battle For Next Week's No. 1 Album

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST On next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, the sweet sounds of Susan Boyle's album "I Dreamed a Dream" may be replaced by the holiday tunes of Andrea Bocelli as the latter's "My Christmas" set could rise to the t ...

  8. Adam Lambert: I'm A Performer, Not A Babysitter

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Adam Lambert admits he got carried away with his sexually charged American Music Awards performance, but he's offering no apology. The glam rocker from "American Idol" said on "The Early Show" that his performance would no ...

  9. Adam Lambert's Sexually-Charged Act Draws Complaints

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST ABC television said on Monday it had received about 1,500 complaints about the sexually-charged performance by "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert at the American Music Awards on Sunday. Millions of viewers saw Lambert simulate oral s ...

  10. Digital, Limited CD Release For Janina

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Latino is releasing the new album by Puerto Rican singer Janina in an unusual combination of digital and physical formats. Janina’s self-titled third album will street Nov. 20, a Friday, in physical format in Puerto Rico alone via ...

  11. Britney Spears 'Upset' Over Australian Tour Complaints

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears has done it again, hitting the headlines during her first Australian tour over a row about lip-synching and a lacklustre performance that her tour promoter said had left her "extremely upset." Australian media reported tha ...

  12. Spain's David Bisbal Tallies Strong First Week

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spanish singer David Bisbal has registered this year's biggest first-week album shipment in Spain at more than 120,000 units, or double platinum, with 36,332 retail sales, according to the Media Control album chart, where he debuts Oct. 28 (t ...

  13. Katy Perry To Return As MTV EMAs Host

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry will host the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in Berlin next month. Perry is the first to be asked to host two successive shows in the 15-year history of the awards. She presented the 2008 event in Liverpool. The 2009 awards ceremon ...

  14. 'X Factor' Key In Simon Cowell Deal

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Britain's "The X Factor" may be coming to the U.S. via Fox and a deal with the show's creator, "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. Cowell, in the final year of his contract on "Idol," had been open about his ...

  15. Italy 'X Factor' Winner Earns Sanremo Slot

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The growing influence of the Italian version of the TV talent show 'The X Factor' is confirmed by the fact that the winner of the current edition will automatically qualify for the country's flagship Sanremo Festival. The show, whic ...

  16. 'Idol' Finalist Danny Gokey Signs Record Deal

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It took him a bit longer than his fellow contestants, but "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey has landed a record deal. The 29-year-old Wisconsin native -- who finished third on the show behind Kris Allen and Adam Lambert -- has inked ...

  17. Kris Allen Announces Album Release Date On Twitter

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Kris Allen will release his debut album on Nov. 17, the singer announced Thursday night (Aug. 27). A rep for 19 Entertainment has also confirmed the news in a statement to Billboard.biz: "It is a confirmed rel ...

  18. Opera Singer Hildegard Behrens Dies In Tokyo

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Soprano Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest Wagnerian performers of her generation, has died while traveling in Japan. She was 72. Jonathan Friend, artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, said Tuesday in an e-mail to opera o ...

  19. Simon Cowell Signing New 'Idol' Deal

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell will be a judge on "American Idol" for at least three more seasons. During the second-quarter earnings call of CKX, parent company of "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment, CKX chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman indic ...

  20. Paula Abdul Quitting 'Idol'

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul says she is quitting "American Idol," a show that she said became an international phenomenon with her help. "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return" to the hit Fox TV singing contest, Abdul said ...

  21. Kara DioGuardi To Return To 'American Idol'

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As expected, newest "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi will return to appear on the show next season, producers and Fox announced Monday. "Kara's spitfire personality and sharp musical sensibility infused 'American Idol& ...

  22. UMCMP Inks Deal With First Classics

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Classical Management and Productions (UMCMP), a company of Universal Music Group (UMG), has signed a long-term agreement with First Classics GmbH, a leading network of German classical music concert promoters. The partnership will ...

  23. 'American Idol' Fans Lobby For Paula Abdul

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" fans have launched a grass-roots campaign to keep Paula Abdul as a judge on the No. 1-rated television show after her manager said she had not received a new contract proposal and might not return. Former "Idol" ...

  24. R&B Briefs: Aretha Franklin, Long Beach Jazz Fest

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Aretha Franklin has reunited with her longtime agent, Dick Alen, and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. The legendary singer, due to release a new album in late summer, will also perform at the first annual Nelson Mandela Birthday concert ( ...

  25. Mercedes Sosa, Andres Cepeda Top Charts In Latin America

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks after its June 18 release, Mercedes Sosa’s album “Cantora 2” (Sony) tops Argentina’s sales chart, put out by local recording industry association CAPIF, for the week ending June 27. Like “Cantora” (which this week is at No. 3 on the char ...

  26. Echo Klassik Awards Honors Placido Domingo

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tenor Placido Domingo is to receive the lifetime achievement award at the German Echo Klassik Awards 2009. The awards show is presented by the Deutsche Phono Akademie, the cultural institute of the German Music Industry Association (BVMI), on Oct. ...

  27. '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 ...

  28. '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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. '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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. '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 ...

  34. '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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Female Benefit Concert For Italian Earthquake Victims

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Latin Grammy winner Laura Pausini will join fellow Italian female artists in a benefit concert benefit for the victims of the recent earthquake in the country's Abruzzo region. The event, which is being organized by Live Nation Italy, will ta ...

  37. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, SSS

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Aretha Franklin will play the Hollywood Bowl for the first time in 35 years on June 26. Franklin joins a summer 2009 Bowl performance lineup that includes Raphael Saadiq, Janelle Monae, the Roots, Etta James and Grace Jones. Single tickets for ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. NBC Tuning Up Singing Competition Series

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT NBC is launching a singing competition series destined to draw comparisons to Fox's "American Idol." The project is called "The Sing Off," and it's billed as the first a cappella singing-style reality series. "Th ...

  40. '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 ...

  41. Bryan Adams, Nickelback Among Junos Performers

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST CTA and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences have announced the full line up of performers at the Juno Awards in Vancouver on March 29. Among those who will be playing the show are 18-time Juno winner Bryan Adams, as well as Canadia ...

  42. Judd Returns To 'Can You Duet'

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Naomi Judd will return to the judging panel for the second season of CMT's "Can You Duet," the weekly music competition series from "American Idol" producers FremantleMedia North America. Among last season's contestan ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. INXS Singer Says Broke, Homeless After Fired From Band

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The lead singer of Australian rock band INXS, J.D. Fortune, who was picked to replace the late Michael Hutchence in a contest on a reality TV show, said he has been fired without warning from the band. Fortune, 35, a Canadian rock singer, was livi ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Billboard Q&A: Sanremo Fest Artistic Director Paolo Bonolis

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 59th edition of Italy's flagship Sanremo Festival begins tonight (Feb. 17) and it will air for five nights on the main state-owned network Rai 1. In the festival competition, the 16 acts include Dolcenera, Patty Pravo and Francesco Renga, ...

  47. Polish Piracy Ring Smashed

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Polish police say they have shut down one of the biggest piracy operations in Europe. Police suspect the operation-which had an estimated distribution of nine million albums-was behind the Masterbox series, which consisted of DVDs containing pirat ...

  48. Essence Festival Adds Maxwell, Al Green, Ne-Yo

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue will join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival. The event will be held July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome. Ro ...

  49. Taylor Swift Album Starts Eighth Week At No. 1

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift continues her reign on The Billboard 200 as "Fearless" starts an eighth week at No. 1. The Big Machine effort moved 63,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a mere 1% slip from sales last week. Thi ...

  50. 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 ...

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