1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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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  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. '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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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& ...

  24. 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� ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 " ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Michael Buble Makes Adult Contemporary Chart History

    December 12, 2011 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 The crooner is the first artist in the chart's Nielsen BDS era to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously. Ahead of Michael Buble 's expected third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his holiday album "Christmas," the crooner ma ...

  33. Michael Buble's Mariah Carey Cover Tops Adult Contemporary

    November 28, 2011 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Buble's remake of 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' does what the original never did: it dashes to the chart's North Pole. M ichael Buble 's cover of Mariah Carey 's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" does what ...

  34. Richard Marx: 'The Playboy Club' Felt 'Doomed From the Start'

    October 21, 2011 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Richard Marx lost a high-profile gig when NBC canceled "The Playboy Club," for which he was serving as a music producer. But the singer, songwriter and performer -- who racked up eight Top 10 singles between 1987-94 and worldwide sales of ...

  35. Is Adele's 'Someone Like You' The First No. 1 Piano-And-Vocal-Only Ballad?

    September 13, 2011 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 H ello Gary! I was amazed (and very, very happy) that Adele 's wonderful and mesmerizing ballad "Someone Like You" has made it all the way to the top of the Hot 100 , helped by her incredible performance at the MTV Video Music Awards ...

  36. 'Weird Al' Yankovic, 'Alpocalypse': Track-By-Track Review

    June 21, 2011 2:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Weird Al" Yankovic knows better than anyone that the pop music landscape can change in the blink of an eye. It's been five years since the master satirist released his last full-length, "Straight Outta Lynwood," which featu ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. The Best-Selling Non-Winning 'American Idol' Finalists

    April 12, 2011 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 As rumors abound over Pia Toscano's possible record deal with Interscope (and, in juicier news, an alleged romance with a fellow reality show hopeful), "American Idol" viewers this week face the first episode following the power balla ...

  40. Ask Billboard: Ke$ha: 'World'-Class Singer/Songwriter

    March 18, 2011 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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 co ...

  41. Weekly Chart Notes: Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Medina

    March 03, 2011 5:25 PM EST 0 0 0 From its two new judges to the series' first champion and an already ousted 2011 hopeful, "American Idol" ties infuse this week's Billboard charts. HERE COME THE JUDGES: Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" spends a third ...

  42. Weekly Chart Notes: Cee Lo Green, 'Glee,' Justin Bieber

    February 24, 2011 5:55 PM EST 0 0 0 GO, GREEN: As Lady Gaga reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Born This Way" - marking the first No. 1-debuting title to remain in charge in its second frame since Clay Aiken's "This Is the Night" in 2003 ...

  43. Weekly Chart Notes: Britney Spears, 'Country Strong,' Louis C.K.

    January 20, 2011 2:05 PM EST 0 0 0 AND THE BRITNEY SONG IS ON: (To paraphrase Yoji "Pop" Asano, whose take on Miley Cyrus ' "Party in the U.S.A." proved one of the many highlights of last night's "American Idol" 10th season premiere). Britney S ...

  44. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 2003

    July 13, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 B'DAY: Seven years ago this week, Beyonce bounded to her first solo No. 1s on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200. The singer jumped 3-1 on the Hot 100 dated July 12, 2003, with "Crazy in Love," featuring then-future husband ...

  45. Clay Aiken Ready For Tour, Would Return to 'Idol' As Judge

    June 23, 2010 12:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol's" second season runner-up Clay Aiken has his own idea of what the show should do to replace departing judge Simon Cowell. "I've always thought it would be a great addition to the panel to have someone who ...

  46. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, "Glee"

    June 10, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 'CALIFORNIA' COASTS TO NO. 1: As previously reported , Katy Perry logs the fastest No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by an artist signed to Capitol Records in nearly 43 years, as "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , rises 2-1 ...

  47. Chart Beat Wednesday: Ke$ha, Phil Collins, Phoenix

    June 09, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 ADDICTED TO 'LOVE': Ke$ha becomes the fifth female artist since the beginning of 2000, and the third in the last two years, to earn at least two No. 1s from a debut album on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as "Your Lov ...

  48. Jack Johnson's "To The Sea" Sets Sail At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 09, 2010 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 J ack Johnson claims his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "To The Sea" debuts atop the tally with 243,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album breaks an eight-week long streak of No. 1s selling less than 200 ...

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