1. 615 Spotlight: Jason Castro Moves 'Mountain'

    January 02, 2013 11:10 AM EST 0 0 0 Former 'American Idol' Finalist Releases Second Solo Album "American Idol" alum Jason Castro is counting down the days until the January 15 release of his new album, "Only A Mountain." "It's been quite some ti ...

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  3. Chart Highlights: Ke$ha Climbs To No. 1 on Pop Songs

    November 26, 2012 4:55 PM EST 0 0 0 The singer scores her third format leader with 'Die Young,' the lead single from her Dec. 4 album 'Warrior.' Plus, a host of new holiday songs enter AC and Jake Owen's 'One' tops Country Airplay. Chart Highlights o ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. '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 ...

  6. 'American Idol' Awards: The Best & Worst of Season 10

    May 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fellow "American Idol" fans: We've spent four months and countless hours obsessing over the biggest show on TV -- that's right, the same show that everyone said was dead last May! -- but alas, it's time to put another season ...

  7. Brandy Rumored with Flo Rida, Aimee Mann and Ice-T Twitter Tiff

    April 12, 2010 5:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, people are buzzing about Brandy , after she was spotted with Flo Rida after her 31st birthday. "The Simpsons" season finale will guest star all four "American Idol ...

  8. Jason Castro Keeps His Cool On Post-'Idol' Debut

    March 29, 2010 2:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's been two years since Jason Castro ambled onto "American Idol" -- ukulele, dreadlocks, stoner vibe and all. And while most of those voted off the show from seasons past have faded into obscurity or drifted into musical theater, Ca ...

  9. 'American Idol' Recap: Aaron Kelly Brings It With the Rolling Stones' 'Angie'

    March 16, 2010 11:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 First off, let me get my predictions out of the way before the show starts so you can come back and cheer me or mock me afterwards. If you want to see my psychic link with Simon Cowell informed opinions on how the remaining "Idol" contesta ...

  10. Jason Castro Goes "Crazy"

    March 15, 2010 10:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jason Castro is known for bringing down the house with his acoustic version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on 'American Idol' season 7 and, more recently, what Billboard called the "sprightly folk pop" of his late ...

  11. Mashup Mondays: Jason Castro covers Gnarls Barkley

    Mashup Mondays: Jason Castro covers Gnarls Barkley

    March 15, 2010 9:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 The folk-poppy former American Idol contestant takes on the hip-hop soul of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." Crazy cover , Acoustic Folk-Pop , American Idol , folk , american idol season 7 , Mashup Mondays , Exclusive Live Performance , Gnar ...

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: 'Love' Is The Answer For Todrick Hall

    March 10, 2010 8:19 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. --- I have to say, the song spoilers that leaked this afternoon made me super excited for to ...

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: 'Hope' Helps Haiti

    January 28, 2010 6:55 PM EST 0 0 0 HIGH 'HOPE': If an album is going to set a sales record, best that its proceeds go to charity . "Hope for Haiti Now" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first digital-exclusive set to reign in the chart's hist ...

  14. 'Idol' Alum Jason Castro Plots Tour

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jason Castro -- the original dark horse contestant on "American Idol" who finished fourth in 2008 -- is hitting the road for a national mall tour in support of his self-titled debut. The Texas singer-songwriter's trek begins Oct. ...

  15. 'Idol' Alum Jason Castro Plots Tour

    September 29, 2009 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 J ason Castro -- the original dark horse contestant on "American Idol" who finished fourth in 2008 -- is hitting the road for a national mall tour in support of his self-titled debut. The Texas singer-songwriter's trek begins Oct. 12 ...

  16. Ask Billboard: Fleetwood Mac, Kristinia DeBarge, Chicago

    May 15, 2009 4:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BATTLE OF THE BANDS Hi Gary, I wa ...

  17. Jason Castro: AI Extra

    Jason Castro: AI Extra

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

  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. Kara DioGuardi Named New 'Idol' Judge

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in Janua ...

  20. Idols Live / July 31, 2008 / Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 There couldn't be a better mantra than "practice makes perfect" for the "American Idol" contestants. Although these kids are a far cry from perfection, by the time the top 10 head out on tour after th There couldn't be ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. David Archuleta Signs With 19 Recordings

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Much like his "American Idol" cohort, season seven winner David Cook, runner-up David Archuleta has signed with 19 Recordings/Jive. Much like his "American Idol" cohort, season seven winner David Cook, runner-up David Archuleta h ...

  23. David Cook Triumphs On 'American Idol'

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American Idol" last night (May 21) at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. The 25-year-old Blue Springs, Mo., native earned 56% of the record 97.5 m Amid deafening applause, David Co ...

  24. The Billboard Q&A: 'American Idol' Top 10

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As season seven draws to a close on May 21, Billboard.com pulls aside each of the top 10 finalists for a bit of history, reflection on their AI experience and each contestant's hopes and dreams for th As season seven draws to a close on May 21, ...

  25. 'American Idol' Interviews

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In an exclusive series of Q&As, Billboard.com brings you discussions with "American Idol" contestants David Archuleta, Jason Castro, David Cook and Syesha Mercado. In an exclusive series of Q&As, Billboard.com brings you discussion ...

  26. Jason Castro Booted From 'American Idol' Finals

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jason Castro was shown the door on "American Idol" tonight after receiving the fewest votes from the show's viewers. Thus, four became three, as Sayesha Mercado and "the Davids" -- David Archuleta and Jason Castro was shown ...

  27. Exclusive Q&As: The "American Idol" Final Four

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the final four "American Idol" contestants -- David Archuleta, Jason Castro, David Cook and Syesha Mercado -- vie to be crowned season seven's champion, the quartet revealed its thoughts on their " As the final four "Amer ...

  28. Billboard Q&A: The 'American Idol' Final Four

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In an exclusive series of Q&As, Billboard.com brings you discussions with "American Idol" finalists David Archuleta, Jason Castro, David Cook and Syesha Mercado. One of these young singers will be crowned the next "American Idol.& ...

  29. Q&A: David Archuleta of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Just seventeen, David Archuleta is the youngest contestant still in the running to win season seven of "American Idol." In this Billboard exclusive, the Utah native opens up about the vocal paralysis Just seventeen, David Archuleta is the ...

  30. Q&A: Jason Castro of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dreadlocked 20-year-old Jason Castro's rendition of everything from Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans" to a popular version of Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" has helped earn him a place in the final Dreadlocked 20 ...

  31. Q&A: David Cook of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 David Cook only decided to audition alongside his younger brother at the last minute, but now the 25-year-old is among the last four singers in the season seven competition. David Cook only decided to audition alongside his younger brother at the la ...

  32. Q&A: Syesha Mercado of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Syesha Mercado, who has sung everything from the Beatles' "Yesterday" to Fantasia Barrino's "I Believe," is the last woman standing among the season seven "American Idol" final four. In this exclusive Syesha M ...

  33. Brooke White Axed From 'American Idol' Finals

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After weeks of attempting to overcome her nerves, "American Idol" finalist Brooke White was eliminated from the show last night. Four contestants live on after each took on the songs of Neil Diamond t After weeks of attempting to overcome ...

  34. Carly Smithson Voted Off 'American Idol'

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber weren't the only theatrics on "American Idol" this week, as tattooed finalist Carly Smithson was booted from the show last night (April 23). The songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber weren't the only theat ...

  35. Kristy Lee Cook Voted Off 'American Idol'

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The "American Idol" competition was narrowed down to six remaining hopefuls Wednesday (April 16) after Kristy Lee Cook was voted home. The 24-year-old native of Selma, Ore.'s country charm helped her The "American Idol" comp ...

  36. 'Idol' Download Rankings Appear On iTunes

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Looking for a spoiler for "American Idol" tonight? Go to the iTunes Music Store. Looking for a spoiler for "American Idol" tonight? Go to the iTunes Music Store. As of 4 p.m. PT, the pre-orders for the studio session downloads of ...

  37. Chart Beat Chat

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Sheena Easton, Kristine W, Juanes and more! WHICH CAME FIRST, THE 'MORNING' OR THE 'MODERN'? Hi Fred, I love your Chart Beat column. This week you stated that Sheena Easton was the second solo female ...

  38. Chart Beat Chat

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah," Usher's "Love In This Club" and more! 'HALLELUJAH' CHORUS Hi Fred, For anyone who still has doubts that "American Idol& ...

  39. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Class Of 2008

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 This week, a new set of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers including Madonna and Leonard Cohen are joining the ranks alongside legends like the Beatles and the Ramones. Billboard.com takes a look at -- and A new set of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers is bein ...

  40. 'American Idol' Whittles Down To Final 12

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The top 12 "American Idol" finalists include an actress, a "Star Search" champion, an Australian, a male stripper and someone who already recorded a debut album. The top 12 "American Idol" finalists include an actress, ...

  41. Top 24 Contestants Set For 'American Idol'

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The tears flowed on "American Idol" last night (Feb. 13) as the show trimmed the competition to 24 semifinalists. The tears flowed on "American Idol" last night (Feb. 13) as the show trimmed the competition to 24 semifinalists. T ...