1. 'American Idol's' Blake Lewis Signs With Republic, Lands Microsoft Campaign

    February 27, 2013 4:37 AM EST Hot on the heels of the announcement that American Idol alum Blake Lewis has inked a deal with Republic Records, the season six runner-up has released his new single, “Your Touch,” in a major advertising campaign as the soundtrack to Microsoft ...

  2. 'American Idol's' Blake Lewis Signs With Republic, Lands Microsoft Campaign

    February 27, 2013 4:04 AM EST 0 0 0 Hot on the heels of the announcement that American Idol alum Blake Lewis has inked a deal with Republic Records, the season six runner-up has released his new single, “Your Touch,” in a major advertising campaign as the soundtrack to Microsoft Inter ...

  3. Ten Years of 'American Idol' Chart Dominance: Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry, Fantasia, More

    June 11, 2012 1:36 PM EDT Some of the American idols from the last decade of "American Idol," which turns ten today (June 11, 2012) Say what you will about "American Idol," the music competition TV series, which turns ten years old today, is an undeniab ...

  4. '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 ...

  5. Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed?

    December 19, 2011 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and coun ...

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Beyonce

    June 02, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 THE START OF SOMETHING 'BIG': After a one-year break, the annual "American Idol" coronation single returns to the Billboard Hot 100 's top 15. Newly-crowned "Idol" champion Scotty McCreery's "I Love You T ...

  7. Jordin Sparks Priming For Broadway Debut On 'Battlefield' Tour

    June 15, 2010 12:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 J ordin Sparks says she "did vote for one more than the other" when Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox faced off on this season's "American Idol" finale. But the 2007 "Idol" champ won't say who she favored -- eve ...

  8. Blake Lewis on American Idol's Red Carpet May 26, 2010

    Blake Lewis on American Idol's Red Carpet May 26, 2010

    May 27, 2010 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Blake Lewis on American Idol's Red Carpet May 26, 2010. Billboard.com interview , American Idol , red carpet , blake lewis , Blake Lewis , American idol , Blake Lewis , Interview , Red Carpet Videos Blake Lewis American idol Blake Lewis Intervi ...

  9. "Idol" Chart Battle Of The Sexes

    May 25, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 One Tuesday night TV mystery (sort of) down, two to go. Sunday night (May 23), ABC aired the heartwarming "Lost" series finale, a satisfying two-and-a-half hours, even if many of the island's questions remain unanswered. (It's a ...

  10. Chart Beat Wednesday: B.o.B, Kris Allen, Blake Lewis

    May 12, 2010 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 BOYS CLUB: B.o.B becomes the 12th solo male to lead Billboard's Pop Songs chart with a first entry, as "Nothin' on You," featuring Bruno Mars, rises 2-1. While eight male rookies ruled the list between the chart's inception ...

  11. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1991

    May 11, 2010 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 ROX-Y MUSIC: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated May 11, 1991, Roxette earned its fourth No. 1, as "Joyride" motored 2-1. The Swedish pop duo had previously led with "The Look" and "Listen to Your Heart" in 1989 and "It ...

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: Loretta Lynn, Madonna, Peter Wolf

    April 15, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 MINING ANOTHER HIT: George Strait isn't the only country legend making chart headlines this week. While the King of Country notches a top 10 on Country Songs in a record 30th consecutive year , as "I Gotta Get to You" zips 12-9, Loret ...

  13. Stores Gear Up For Record Store Day

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Record Store Day is a coordinated event launched by the three national retail coalitions, its up to each individual store to create their own magic, says Music Monitor Network executive director Michael Kurtz, one of the organizers of the da ...

  14. Chart Beat Thursday: Pink Floyd, Susan Boyle, Usher

    December 03, 2009 2:45 PM EST 0 0 0 NEW 'MOON': With the revamping of the Billboard 200 last week to again include both current and catalog titles , one of the chart's landmark records is updated this week. At No. 189, Pink Floyd 's "Dark Side of the Moon" ...

  15. Lambert, Allen Ready For 'Idol' Finale

    May 18, 2009 7:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 The final "American Idol" performance episode could be the weirdest concert ever televised. In one corner, there's over-the-top Adam Lambert, the dominating presence who transformed Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" into a s ...

  16. Blake Lewis: AI Extra

    Blake Lewis: AI Extra

    March 25, 2009 1:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Blake Lewis: Billboard goes behind the scenes of American Idol Extra to talk with 8 past contestants. Behind the Scenes , interview , American Idol Extra , American Idol , exclusive , blake lewis , Blake Lewis , American idol , Behind the Scenes , B ...

  17. Clay Aiken Parts Ways With RCA

    February 20, 2009 11:28 AM EST 0 0 0 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 i ...

  18. Chart Beat: Eminem, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, Jennifer Hudson

    February 12, 2009 12:54 PM EST 0 0 0 'BOTTLE' ROCKETS TO NO. 1: The calendar year isn't even two months old, but for the second time in 2009, a song has catapulted to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from the bottom 25 positions. Just two weeks after Kelly Clarkson set the ...

  19. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent yea ...

  20. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the ...

  21. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. s ...

  22. Catching Up With Past "American Idol" Finalists

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ruben Studdard, Sanjaya Malakar and Ace Young were among many former "American Idol" contestants assembled to guest star on "American Idol Extra," the Fox Reality Channel series that airs Thursdays. Ruben Studdard, Sanjaya Malaka ...

  23. Nothin' But A 'Good Time' For Alan Jackson

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson scores his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Good Time," giving the singer his 12th chart-topper on Top Country Albums ... Flogging Molly notches its highest-charting album and its biggest sales week ever ...

  24. Chart Beat

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys and more! 'STARTIN'' ALL OVER AGAIN: After an absence from the Hot 100 of four years, one month and one week, Michael Jackson returns with "Wanna Be Startin' Someth ...

  25. Chart Beat Chat

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Babyface, Diana Ross, "American Idol" and more! SHOULD BABYFACE TAKE A BOW? In your most recent Chart Beat column, you state, "Babyface's remake of James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain' on the ...

  26. Groban, Blige Enjoy Huge Weeks On Album Chart

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Josh Groban's "Noel" (143/Reprise) this week becomes the first Christmas album to top The Billboard 200 for five straight weeks, after moving 757,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Josh Groban's "Noel" ...

  27. Chart Beat

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses the Chipmunks, The Bee Gees, Taylor Swift and more! NOTABLE RETURN: Al Bennett was at Dot Records before he was named president of the Liberty label. From there, he went on to found the Cream imprint. But he's probably best known ...

  28. Groban Ties Elvis With Third Week At No. 1

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With the holiday season marching on, Josh Groban's "Noel" retains its lead on The Billboard 200 for a third week straight. With an 8% sales increase, the 143/Reprise set moved 581,000 units in the U.S With the holiday season marching ...

  29. Josh Groban Ties Elvis Presley

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST As Josh Groban's "Noel" album spends its third consecutive week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, he matches the previous record-holder for most straight weeks at No. 1 with a Christmas album -- Elvis Presley ... Will Groban be able to ...

  30. Blake Lewis Takes Creative Control

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Blake Lewis wants to be known as an artist and not just an "Idol" -- or, more accurately, an "American Idol" runner-up. Discover how the Washington state native intends to run his own ship. Blake Lewis wants to be known as an art ...

  31. In Dreams

    December 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Blake Lewis wants to be known as an artist and not just an "Idol" -- or, more accurately, an "American Idol" runner-up. Blake Lewis wants to be known as an artist and not just an "Idol" -- or, more accurately, an " ...

  32. Blake Lewis Takes Creative Control

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Blake Lewis wants to be known as an artist and not just an "Idol" -- or, more accurately, an "American Idol" runner-up. Blake Lewis wants to be known as an artist and not just an "Idol" -- or, more accurately, an " ...

  33. Chart Beat Chat

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Radiohead, chart lovers, "American Idol" contestants and more! THE 'RAINBOWS' CONNECTION Fred: You've certainly heard by now about Radiohead's plan to sell its new album "In Rainbows&qu ...

  34. Chart Beat Chat

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Nana Mouskouri, Hot Country Songs chart, Joe Dowell's "Muss I Denn" and more! WAS NANA A VISITOR TO THE BILLBOARD 200? Hi Fred! I came across an online article from the Oiko Times that said Greek singer Na ...

  35. American Idols Live Tour / Aug. 29, 2007 / East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The "American Idol" juggernaut just won't stop. After wrapping up the sixth installment of the wildly popular Fox reality show, the top 10 from the season chugged on and embarked on the massive 59-dat The "American Idol" jug ...

  36. 'Idol' Runner-Up Lewis Gets Busy On Debut CD

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Season six "American Idol" runner-up Blake Lewis has officially signed to 19 Recordings/Arista and is eyeing a late 2007 release for his first album. Season six "American Idol" runner-up Blake Lewis has officially signed to 19 Re ...

  37. Chart Beat

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Billie Holiday, Constantine Maroulis, Chaka Khan and more! LADY DAY: There's no point in even doing any research to confirm that the record has been set for the longest gap between appearances on a Billboard singles chart. I mean ...

  38. Season Six 'Idol' Stars Prepping Debut Albums

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 While their fellow "American Idol" finalists wait for word later this month on their futures, season six champ Jordin Sparks and runner-up Blake Lewis are hard at work on their debut albums. While their fellow "American Idol" fin ...

  39. Ask Billboard

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Keith and his readers discuss Garbage, women in country music, iTunes exclusives and more! COUNTRY WOMEN Hey Keith, I was just looking at this week's Top Country Albums chart and was surprised about the number of female artists on this list. Do ...

  40. Chart Beat Chat

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Shop Boyz, American Idols, "World Idol" and more! WHAT CAN ONE PERSON DO? Fred- I need your advice. Before you start making any assumptions, I am not your typical "American Idol" fan. I am a married m ...

  41. Chart Beat

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses American Idols, Rihanna, the Beach Boys and more! 'UMBRELLA' REIGNS: When Rihanna leapt 34-1 with "SOS" in May 2006, it was the second-biggest move to No. 1 in the history of The Billboard Hot 100. This week, the B ...

  42. Rihanna, Shop Boyz Rocket To The Top Of Hot 100

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With explosive sales in their first week of digital release, Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Shop Boyz' "Party Like a Rockstar" rocket to the peak of the Billboard Hot 100. "Umbrella" soars 42-1 with 277,000 With exp ...

  43. Chart Beat Chat

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Eurovision, "American Idol," "U" and more! HERE COMES MS. JORDAN Dear Fred: Although I am a chart aficionado, this is the first time I have written. Logging on to iTunes this morning, I see that the p ...

  44. Jordin Sparks Shines As Sixth 'American Idol'

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In a flurry of thank yous and literal sparks, 17-year-old Jordin Sparks was crowned the sixth season winner of "American Idol" last night (May 23). Competing against 25-year-old Blake Lewis for the cr In a flurry of thank yous and literal ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Melinda Doolittle Voted Off 'American Idol'

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Most observers thought she was a lock to go on to the "American Idol" finale, but Melinda Doolittle was eliminated last night (May 16). Most observers thought she was a lock to go on to the "American Idol" finale, but Melinda Doo ...

  47. Sanjaya Malakar Voted Off 'American Idol'

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sanjaya Malakar, the singer who horrified and captivated millions in his improbable "American Idol" run, was finally voted off the show last night (April 18). When the result was announced, Malakar wi Sanjaya Malakar, the singer who horrif ...

  48. Chart Beat

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Beyonce, Shakira, Elliott Yamin and more! LIAR, LIAR, CHART ON FIRE: In the nearly 49-year history of The Billboard Hot 100, no song has ever jumped 90 places or more -- until this week. Breaking the old record of an 88-place move, &q ...

  49. 'American Idol' Unveils Top 24 Finalists

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 No more audition silliness -- it's time to get serious on "American Idol." The Fox talent show trimmed down the competition last night (Feb. 14), leaving 24 semifinalists -- 12 men and 12 women -- to No more audition silliness -- it&# ...