1. Clay Aiken Celebrates North Carolina Overturning Controversial HB2 'Bathroom Bill'

    March 30, 2017 6:54 PM EDT 0 0 1 Still, some LGBTQ and civil right advocates are unsatisfied with the outcome. Clay Aiken voiced his support for a deal North Carolina lawmakers reached on Thursday (March 30) to repeal the state's controversial HB2 "bathroom bill" tha ...

  2. Watch 'American Idol' Alums Clay Aiken & Ruben Studdard Perform Together for First Time in 13 Years

    December 15, 2016 6:13 PM EST 0 0 0 The holiday season brings friends and family together -- or, in the case of  Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard , two former competitors. The two American Idol alums reunited Thursday (Dec. 15) for a special duet on The   View.  Surrounded by a sea of ti ...

  3. Clay Aiken Discusses Interviewing Trump Supporters for 'The View'

    October 14, 2016 2:25 PM EDT 0 0 4 While competing on NBC's The Apprentice, American Idol season two runner up   Clay Aiken had a front row seat observing then-host and future Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump in action.  In 2014, Aiken threw his hat into the politi ...

  4. Judge Finds Sony-Spotify Agreement to Be Ambiguous in Big Royalties Lawsuit

    September 29, 2016 3:31 PM EDT Recordings alleges that "American Idol" stars have been cheated of streaming revenue. When listeners hear "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson on Spotify, they might not care too greatly how the exploitation of this song is c ...

  5. Watch Clay Aiken Reluctantly Predict a Donald Trump Win: 'A Clown President for Four Years'

    July 27, 2016 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chelsea Handler organized a celebrity roundtable of former Celebrity Apprentice contestants to discuss the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump on her Netflix talk show. The Chelsea discussion came with a potentially alarming hot take from s ...

  6. Hollywood Rails Against Trump's RNC Speech

    July 22, 2016 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Newly-minted presidential candidate Donald Trump finally took the stage on Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to accept the GOP nomination and address his supporters in attendance. Trump emphasized his plans to build a ...

  7. Harry Nilsson's Son to Record Late Singer-Songwriter's Obscure Songs and More Insider Scoop

    December 04, 2015 5:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Nilsson Sings Nilsson Celebrated 1970s singer-songwriter and John Lennon 's drinking buddy Harry Nilsson is due for a revival, and his 30-year-old son Kief Nilsson may be the one to make it happen. Lee Blackman, the attorney for Nilsson père’s ...

  8. Adele's 'Hello' Has Biggest Sales Week for a Single Since Elton John's Princess Diana Tribute in 1997

    November 04, 2015 11:06 AM EST 0 0 0 'Hello' joins John's 'Candle in the Wind 1997' in an elite club. As previously reported, Adele 's "Hello" blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Nov. 14) at No. 1, setting a record for the most U.S. download ...

  9. Clay Aiken on Donald Trump's Run for President: 'Anybody Who Discounts Him Is Shortsighted'

    August 02, 2015 4:55 PM EDT 1.108 k 246 37 Donald Trump ’s run for President has been making headlines, but former political candidate and Apprentice star Clay Aiken says don’t count him out yet. 'American Idol' Clay Aiken Looks for the Next Idol in Philadelphia “Anybody w ...

  10. 'American Idol' Clay Aiken Looks For the Next Idol in Philadelphia

    August 02, 2015 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I am looking forward to finding that 15th Idol at my table this year," he said. When thousands of aspiring vocalists lined up for their last chance at becoming the 15th and final American Idol in Philadelphia, they got encouragement from ...

  11. 'American Idol' Fades Out: Preserving the Show's Legacy Despite a Precipitous Decline

    May 15, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 No hits, depressed ratings, fewer ads and sky-high salaries all led to this week’s bombshell announcement. Not 24 hours after fox dropped an early morning bomb on May 11 announcing that American Idol , the venerable 14-year-old show that redefined m ...

  12. Clay Aiken Promises New Esquire Docu-Series 'Isn't Scripted' Like 'American Idol'

    April 07, 2015 2:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 The series chronicling the singer's campaign for a North Carolina Congressional seat debuts April 7. The political baptism of  Clay Aiken will be explored with the premiere of the new docu-series, The Runner-Up , premiering Tuesday night (April ...

  13. Sony Music Claims It Overpaid 'American Idol' Stars By $2 Million

    April 01, 2015 1:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Tuesday, Sony Music filed a breach-of-contract counterclaim against 19 Recordings, the  American Idol label controlled by Core Media Group which houses such stars as Kelly Clarkson , Carrie Underwood and Clay Aiken . In new court documents, Sony ...

  14. Clay Aiken Talks Failed Congressional Bid

    January 15, 2015 9:37 PM EST American Idol alum Clay Aiken was bound to deliver a bit of a postmortem in his first big promotion for his new reality show. The reality star and onetime North Carolina congressional candidate, who stars in Esquire's The Runner-Up this April ...

  15. Clay Aiken Loses Congressional Race

    November 05, 2014 3:01 PM EST American Idol alumn Clay Aiken lost his congressional race to Republican Renee Ellmers. Aiken was hoping to be elected the Democratic representative for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district, but it was not a particularly close race -- ...

  16. What's At Stake for the Music Business in the 2014 Mid-Term Elections?

    November 03, 2014 12:36 PM EST American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is unlikely to win a seat in the House of Representatives, but there are plenty of reasons for the music business to pay attention to the midterm elections. Over the next two years, Congress could decide if pre-1 ...

  17. Clay Aiken Says Anyone Affected by Nude Photo Scandal 'Deserves What They Get'

    September 19, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Here we are at that unfortunate moment when stars let us know their questionable beliefs and we wish we could go back in time and forget. The latest contender?  American Idol  runner-up and current Democratic nominee in North Carolina's 2nd c ...

  18. Clay Aiken Wins North Carolina Congressional Primary Following Rival's Death

    May 13, 2014 8:22 PM EDT "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his ...

  19. Clay Aiken Wins Congressional Primary Following Rival's Death

    May 13, 2014 3:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his c ...

  20. Clay Aiken's Opponent in House Primary Dies

    May 12, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Clay Aiken's main opponent in last week's Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat in North Carolina has died. The Courier-Tribune is reporting that businessman Keith Crisco was found dead at his home in Asheboro, with early information ...

  21. Clay Aiken Has Slim Lead in Primary for Congress, But Remains Too Close to Call

    May 07, 2014 8:49 AM EDT 1 1 0 The Democratic congressional primary race between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner. As of Wednesday morning, Aiken had 40.8% of the vote to Cri ...

  22. Ruben Studdard Defends Clay Aiken's Congressional Bid

    May 01, 2014 9:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ruben Studdard has stepped up in defense of Clay Aiken, who is making a run to represent North Carolina's Second Congressional District. Studdard, who competed against Aiken on the second season of American Idol, was responding to allegations m ...

  23. Clay Aiken Faces Tough Challenge For Seat In Congress

    April 27, 2014 11:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer-songwriter Clay Aiken doesn't have a problem with name recognition. But that doesn't mean voters in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District will send the "American Idol" star to Washington to represent them in Con ...

  24. Clay Aiken Launches Campaign Contribution Website

    February 28, 2014 2:46 AM EST 0 0 0 Clay Aiken will officially file for his run at a congressional seat in North Carolina Thursday morning. On Wednesday evening, the Idolalum tweeted his intentions to file, along with a solicitation to donate funds to his campaign. In a follow-up twee ...

  25. Bombshell 'American Idol' Lawsuit Brings Litany of Allegations Against Sony

    February 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST The legal claims from the company behind the hit reality TV show, seeking at least $10 million in damages, could ignite new controversies over whether recording artists are getting a proper share of digital income. For twelve years, "American ...

  26. Clay Aiken Announces Run for Congress

    February 05, 2014 12:17 PM EST Former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken is officially running for Congress. The season two runner-up announced his candidacy in a video posted on Wednesday. Aiken is running for the House of Representatives seat in North Carolina's s ...

  27. Clay Aiken Considering a Run for Congress: Report

    January 03, 2014 12:30 PM EST 3 0 0 "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is taking a serious look into running for Congress this year in his home state of North Carolina, according to a report in the Washington Blade . The singer, who also landed second-place on "Celebr ...

  28. Former ‘Idol’ Clay Aiken Shines in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

    August 08, 2013 2:26 AM EDT Behold: Clay Aiken in Technicolor. The 34-year-old American Idol alum is letting it all hang out in a rainbow of glory in this new photo released by the Ogunquit Playhouse , a theater in Maine where Aiken is currently starring in the lead role in ...

  29. Jennifer Hudson in Talks to Judge 'American Idol'

    May 27, 2013 5:22 PM EDT The American Idol season 13 judges panel is starting to come together. A source close to the dealings tells The Hollywood Reporter that former finalist Jennifer Hudson is in negotiations to fill one of the three seats. Vulture had previously repor ...

  30. Mindy McCready's Death: Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Other Stars React on Twitter

    February 18, 2013 2:07 AM EST News of country singer Mindy McCready's apparent suicide saddened the music world on Sunday night (February 17) and prompted Country stars to take to Twitter to share their reactions to the tragedy. Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, John Rich ...

  31. Clay Aiken: 'American Idol' is Now All About the Judges

    December 15, 2012 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 "I don't even know if they remember there are contestants anymore," says the former "Idol" finalist. After a five-year break, Clay Aiken says he was long overdue to bring a Christmas show back on the road. "It doesn ...

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  33. Oct. 5, 2002: Kelly Clarkson Scores First 'American Idol' No. 1

    October 05, 2012 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ten years ago today, an 'Idol' alum reigned for the first time. Ten years ago today, an "American Idol" contestant crowned the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, as original series champion Kelly Clarkson blasted from No. 52 t ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. '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 ...

  36. Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips, Aerosmith, Rihanna

    June 01, 2012 9:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Phillips' 'Home' is the 30th song by an 'American Idol' graduate to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10. As his "Home" debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 , 2012 "American Idol" victor Phillip ...

  37. Phillip Phillips Makes 'Idol' History as 'Home' Sells 278,000 Downloads

    May 30, 2012 4:18 PM EDT "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips earns the highest debut on the Digital Songs chart this week as his "Home" bows at No. 2 with 278,000 downloads sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Even better: It's the second-best ...

  38. Phillip Phillips Makes 'Idol' History as 'Home' Sells 278,000 Downloads

    May 30, 2012 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips earns the highest debut on the Digital Songs chart this week as his "Home" bows at No. 2 with 278,000 downloads sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Even better: It's the second-best d ...

  39. Adam Lambert: A Gay 'Idol' Hits No. 1

    May 23, 2012 10:05 PM EDT 0 0 For the first time, one "American Idol" replaces another at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as Adam Lambert's "Trespassing" debuts atop the list with 77,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His arrival bumps last week's l ...

  40. Adam Lambert Snags First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the first time, one "American Idol" replaces another at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as Adam Lambert 's "Trespassing" debuts atop the list with 77,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. His arrival bumps last week& ...

  41. Adam Lambert Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Trespassing'

    May 23, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time, one "American Idol" replaces another at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as Adam Lambert's "Trespassing" debuts atop the list with 77,000 sold, traccording to Nielsen SoundScan. His arrival bumps last week� ...

  42. Dee Snider on Broadway Album: 'Career Suicide or Brilliance'

    May 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dee Snider recently unveiled the first video from "Dee Does Broadway," his album of show tunes, which Razor & Tie released on May 8 . The video is for "Mack the Knife," the English language translation of Kurt Weill and Berto ...

  43. Bubbling Under: Aubrey O'Day Is Having a 'Ball' Solo

    May 04, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 This week, Chart Beat premieres "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up first: Aubrey O'Day, Cazwell, Rhett Akins and Brandon Hines. Former Danity Kane member Aubr ...

  44. Musicians Hit Sour Note on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    April 02, 2012 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider fired and Aubrey O'Day storms off, leaving Clay Aiken the show's lone survivor (maybe?) among musical acts. Sunday night will go down as the day the music (maybe/mostly) died on the 2012 season of NBC's " ...

  45. Weekly Chart Notes: Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Madonna

    March 02, 2012 2:55 PM EST 0 0 0 What goes around comes around when it comes to hit songs' borrowed lyrics. CATCH(Y)PHRASES: Sometimes a song's lyrics lift an unfamiliar expression to pop culture prominence, from R.E.M.'s 1991 hit "Losing My Religion," a So ...

  46. Who Runs the Billboard Hot 100? Women!

    February 27, 2012 5:35 PM EST With the debut of Katy Perry's "Part of Me" at No. 1 on the current Billboard Hot 100; Adele's double-duty with "Set Fire to the Rain" at No. 2 and "Rolling in the Deep" at No. 5; the 7-3 rise of Whitney Hou ...

  47. Web Trends: Listen To A New The-Dream Track, Watch Wu Lyf Live On 'Letterman'

    January 05, 2012 4:38 PM EST Google Music Trends: 5. clay aiken 7. nick cannon Twitter Music Trends: 3. #90sPopStarCrush Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Nick Cannon Hospitalized For Kidney Failure NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2011 2. Tin ...

  48. Clay Aiken, Dee Snider Tapped For 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    January 04, 2012 10:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Mob boss widow Victoria Gotti, singer Clay Aiken and IndyCar champ Michael Andretti are on tap for the next edition of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice." Host Donald Trump announced the new batch of contenders on Wednesday's "Tod ...

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