1. 'American Idol' Confirms Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler As New Judges

    September 22, 2010 1:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 As widely expected, the judging lineup for "American Idol" season 10 will be Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson , with Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, acting as an in-house mentor to contestants, wi ...

  2. Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Jimmy Iovine Join 'Idol'

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As widely expected, the judging lineup for "American Idol" season 10 will be Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, with Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, acting as an in-house mentor to contestants, w ...

  3. Mariah Carey Releasing Second Christmas Album

    September 21, 2010 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sixteen years after her first successful Christmas album, Mariah Carey will return to the format with "Merry Christmas II You," due Nov. 2 on Island Def Jam. The set will feature four original songs penned by Carey, including lead single & ...

  4. Jordin Sparks Reaches New 'Heights' on Broadway

    September 17, 2010 3:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 You haven't really arrived on Broadway until an image of your grinning face goes up on a massive billboard. It is a joy Jordin Sparks has yet to savor. "I haven't gone to Times Square to stand there and actually look at it yet," ...

  5. Update: 'American Idol' to Announce New Judges Next Wednesday

    September 16, 2010 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After weeks of speculation, "American Idol" will unveil the new judging panel for its 10th season next Wednesday (Sept. 22), Fox and Ryan Seacrest have confirmed. The "Idol" host broke the news on Twitter , writing, "Looks l ...

  6. 'American Idol' Auditions Move to MySpace

    September 15, 2010 4:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 To mark the 10th anniversary of "American Idol", hopeful pop stars have the chance to submit an audition video at MySpace through Oct. 6. The entries must be no longer than 40 seconds and chosen from a list of songs posted online, along wi ...

  7. Aerosmith Bandmate Says Steven Tyler Doing 'Idol'

    August 19, 2010 11:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has signed a deal to become a judge on "American Idol," according to a news report on Wednesday quoting one of his bandmates. Fox and the show's producers have kept largely quiet on the speculation, but A ...

  8. 'American Idol' Signs Steven Tyler: Report

    August 18, 2010 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Steven Tyler has reportedly signed a deal to become a judge on "American Idol," according to The Hollywood Reporter's Livefeed blog . Fox is not commenting on the Aerosmith singer's official status, but two sources close to the s ...

  9. Nick Cannon: Mariah Carey Wants to Be 'Idol' Judge

    August 11, 2010 8:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard sister publication the Hollywood Reporter spoke today with Nick Cannon , Mariah Carey's husband, about his just extended term as chairman of the teens-only TeenNick network, his hosting duties of NBC's "America's Got Ta ...

  10. Billboard Bits: Pras Endorses Sweet Micky, Not Wyclef, For President of Haiti

    August 06, 2010 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pras Won't Back Wyclef for Haiti President Wyclef Jean 's run for the Haitian presidency won't be backed by his former bandmate, Pras . The Fugees star iss ...

  11. 'American Idol' Judge Job Poses Risks and Opportunities

    August 06, 2010 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 G oodbye , Simon Cowell. Goodbye , Ellen DeGeneres. Hello, Judge to Be Named Later. Amid the past week's flurry of rumors about who would fill the two vacant judge slots on "American Idol" -- Jennifer Lopez , Steven Tyler , Harry Conn ...

  12. Billboard Hot 100 Celebrates Anniversary

    August 04, 2010 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Two years ago, Billboard celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. As explained in a special feature at the time on billboard.com, "After nearly two decades of tracking songs distinctively by sales or plays (on jukeboxes a ...

  13. Billboard Bits: Warped Tour Fan Dies, Randy Jackson Talks 'Idol'

    August 03, 2010 6:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Warped Tour Concertgoer Dies in Kansas Concertgoer Curtis DeForest, 26, collapsed and died while attending the Vans Warped Tour stop in Bonner Springs, Ka., on Monday. A ...

  14. Seacrest: Could Be Weeks Before 'Idol' Judges Are Set

    August 03, 2010 2:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest says it could be weeks before the guessing game over the show's new judges comes to an end. At auditions for the Fox TV singing contest Tuesday in East Rutherford, N.J., Seacrest said he didn't ...

  15. Ellen DeGeneres Couldn't Be Convinced to Stay with 'Idol'

    August 02, 2010 5:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ellen DeGeneres couldn't be talked into staying with "American Idol," a Fox executive said Monday, creating a second opening for change in the show's 10th season. Who will fill her judge's chair and the one vacated by Simon ...

  16. Kara DioGuardi Reportedly Out At 'American Idol,' Steven Tyler Rumored As Replacement

    July 30, 2010 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 K ara DioGuardi is following Ellen DeGeneres out of "American Idol," according to reports. TMZ says "Idol" producers have chosen not to renew DioGuardi's contract and will return to a "three-judge format," with Aer ...

  17. Ellen DeGeneres Leaving 'American Idol'

    July 29, 2010 8:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ellen DeGeneres is leaving Fox's "American Idol." As previously reported, Fox has been looking to shake-up the "Idol" format, including potentially ditching current judges and bringing back producer Nigel Lythgoe, as well as ...

  18. 'Idol' Pursuing Elton John, Justin Timberlake

    July 27, 2010 7:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 Reality producer Nigel Lythgoe is near a deal to to executive produce Fox's "American Idol" -- and that could spell trouble for the current judges panel. Fox is seeking to bring back Lythgoe to work on the hit series as part of a mast ...

  19. Ask Billboard: Rating Rihanna

    July 23, 2010 5:55 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. GOOD GIRL NOT GONE TO NO. 1 Dear ...

  20. Carrie Underwood Marries Hockey Beau Mike Fisher in Southern Ceremony

    July 11, 2010 12:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country-pop idol Carrie Underwood married her hockey player beau Mike Fisher at a Southern ceremony on Saturday (July 10), People.com reports. The couple tied the knot under a tent at a luxury resort near Atlanta, Ga. before 250 friends and family. ...

  21. Michael Jackson's Mother Supports Fan Tribute Concert

    June 22, 2010 6:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 M ichael Jackson 's mother has given her blessing to a tribute concert that will mark the anniversary of her son's death. Voice Plate Productions is staging "Forever Michael" fan event Saturday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hi ...

  22. Randy Jackson, Michael's Brother, Hospitalized For Chest Pains

    June 15, 2010 10:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Randy Jackson, brother of the late pop legend Michael Jackson , was hospitalized Tuesday in Southern California. Jackson, 48, experienced chest pains around noon on Tuesday and was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where he is curre ...

  23. Randy Jackson Hospitalized Ror Chest Pains

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Randy Jackson, brother of the late Michael Jackson, has been hospitalized in Southern California. A source close to the Jackson family who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly told The Associated ...

  24. Simon Cowell Celebrated on 'American Idol' Finale

    May 27, 2010 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 It took leaving "American Idol" for Simon Cowell to show his softer side. On Wednesday's season finale - his final appearance on the hit Fox show - Cowell got emotional, warmly thanking his colleagues and fans. "I just want to th ...

  25. Lee DeWyze Wins 'American Idol'

    May 26, 2010 10:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 It was a paint rags to riches story made for television, as Lee DeWyze was named the champion Wednesday night for the ninth season of "American Idol." The raspy and rock-friendly voice of DeWyze, 24, a paint salesperson from Mount Prospect ...

  26. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV (Night 1)

    May 25, 2010 11:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles holds 7,000 people, so there's no way the cameras can capture everything that goes on during an "American Idol" taping. Luckily, Billboard.com was on the inside and can give you the scoop. Her ...

  27. Can 'American Idol' Be Saved?

    May 21, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 'American Idol' Ratings Are At Their Lowest Since 2004, And Simon Cowell Is Moving On. As The Season-Nine Finale Approaches, Can TV's Talent Show Behemoth Stay Dominant And Turn Its Winners Into Stars Again? "Alright, so listen, ...

  28. 'Idol' Boots Casey James, Lee DeWyze & Crystal Bowersox Set for Finale

    May 19, 2010 10:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Casey James was eliminated from "American Idol" on Wednesday night (May 18), leaving Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox as the final two contestants standing. DeWyze and Bowersox will face off next Tuesday for the season nine "Idol" ...

  29. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Jane's Addiction and more

    May 03, 2010 6:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip each day. A leaked demo version of Lady Gaga and Beyonce 's hit song "Telephone" hit the internet this weekend, with Britney Spears doing the vocals . Altho ...

  30. Siobhan Magnus Voted Off 'American Idol'

    April 28, 2010 11:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Siobhan Magnus' "American Idol" journey ended Wednesday night (Apr. 28), leaving frontrunner Crystal Bowersox as the only female contestant remaning in the top five. SEE PHOTOS OF SIOBHAN MAGNUS ON 'AMERICAN IDOL' "An i ...

  31. Ke$ha on 'SNL': Glow-in-the-Dark Paint, Astronauts & Lasers, Oh My

    April 19, 2010 4:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 K e$h a stopped by a Ryan Phillippe-hosted episode of "SNL" this weekend to perform her current hit, "Your Love Is My Drug" and her No. 1 debut single from back in January, "TiK ToK." Unfortunately, the results were mor ...

  32. "Lost" In "American Idol"

    March 30, 2010 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 As we get closer to the big finale, the show just keeps getting more intriguing. Every Tuesday night, the questions multiply. No, not "Lost." "American Idol." Or, actually, both. Between watching one in real time and the other on ...

  33. 'American Idol' Boots Paige Miles, Usher To Mentor Top 10

    March 24, 2010 10:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" sent Paige Miles packing on Wednesday night's (Mar. 24) elimination episode, bringing the pool down to the top 10 contestants who will participate in this summer's "Idol" tour. Miles, who faced a bout of ...

  34. Crystal Bowersox Covers Janis Joplin's 'Bobby McGee' On 'Idol'

    March 24, 2010 3:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 L ast night's Billboard No. 1s-themed episode of "American Idol" found Cyrstal Bowersox once again ahead of the pack, as she covered Janis Joplin's chart-topping take on Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee." I ...

  35. '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 ...

  36. '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 ...

  37. Steve Lillywhite Seriously Seeking Simon's 'Idol' Seat

    March 05, 2010 8:37 AM EST 0 0 0 Steve Lillywhite wants to "help America find the next Elvis Presley." And that's why the Grammy Award-winning producer -- with U2 , the Dave Matthews Band , Jason Mraz , Morrissey , the Rolling Stones , Phish and scores of others on h ...

  38. 'American Idol' Recap: Lilly Scott Changes The Game

    March 03, 2010 9:34 PM EST 0 0 0 I cannot even tell you how much I was creeping on Twitter this afternoon trying to find out if Crystal Bowersox had been given the medical OK to perform. With about 10 minutes before showtime, Ryan Seacrest said she had been given the thumb's u ...

  39. 'American Idol' Recap: Tim Urban Mounts A Comeback

    March 02, 2010 11:00 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. -- Ryan Seacrest begins the evening on a weird note, mentioning Crystal Bowersox's inab ...

  40. 'American Idol' Recap: Michael Lynche Can't Salvage Sub-Par Night

    February 25, 2010 1:53 AM 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. -- When Simon Cowell said before this week's performances that he thought a woman was g ...

  41. 'Idol' Judges Jeer Male Semifinalists

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tim Urban tripped up his second shot at "American Idol" fame. The shaggy-haired 20-year-old singer, who served as a last-minute replacement for 25-year-old shoe salesman Chris Golightly in the top 24 semifinalists, was derided by the Fox ...

  42. "We Are The World 25," Radio's Reaction, Pt. 2

    February 24, 2010 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 As previously reported , "We Are the World 25: For Haiti" by Artists for Haiti launched at No. 2 last week on the Billboard Hot 100. This week, the all-star benefit track debuts at No. 40 on the Adult R&B radio airplay survey and bubbl ...

  43. 'Idol' Judges Admire Unique Female Semifinalists

    February 24, 2010 7:08 AM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" semifinalist Lilly Scott is right where she belongs. The 20-year-old singer from Denver was among a handful of unique crooners who impressed the Fox singing contest's judges Tuesday (Feb. 23). The platinum-haired stree ...

  44. 'American Idol' Top 24 Revealed

    February 18, 2010 8:20 AM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" revealed the remaining 17 of its top 24 season nine contestants on Wednesday night (Feb. 17), following the previous night's unveiling of the first seven finalists and capping off over a month of audition rounds. One b ...

  45. Ellen DeGeneres Says Cowell Is 'Meaner Than I Thought'

    February 09, 2010 12:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Ellen DeGeneres, the newest judge on "American Idol," says Simon Cowell is "meaner" than she thought. Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and various guest judges kicked off the ninth season of the Fox singing competition last ...

  46. Howard Stern Addresses 'American Idol' Judge Rumors

    February 08, 2010 3:16 PM EST 0 0 0 Howard Stern told his satellite radio listeners Monday morning (Feb. 9) that the rumor is true: "American Idol" producers are, in fact, considering him to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on the show. What's more, he's tempted to ...

  47. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Francis Bean Cobain, Mars Volta and More

    February 04, 2010 5:56 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Flaming Lips , Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are among the recently announced headliners for the Bestival, the annual September gathering that marks th ...

  48. 'American Idol' Premieres, Victoria Beckham Faces Off With Simon Cowell

    January 12, 2010 11:01 PM EST 0 0 0 The ninth season of "American Idol" premiered Tuesday night (Jan. 12) on Fox amidst widespread chatter about Simon Cowell, who announced Monday he was leaving "Idol" to bring "The X Factor" to the U.S. in 2011. "Id ...

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