1. 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 ...

  2. '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 ...

  3. '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 ...

  4. '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 ...

  5. '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 ...

  6. "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 ...

  7. '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 ...

  8. '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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. '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 ...

  13. Bow Wow Twitters Bad Behavior; Grammys Book Gaga, Green Day

    January 06, 2010 1:56 PM EST 0 0 0 In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, embarrassing Twitter usage has been all the talk today. First Bow Wow live-tweeted a drunk driving spree in his Lambourgini on New Years Eve, then American Idol judge Randy Jacks ...

  14. Randy Jackson Talks 'Idol' As Season Nine Nears

    January 06, 2010 11:26 AM EST 0 0 0 With a new judge (Ellen DeGeneres) on the panel, Randy Jackson predicts that "American Idol's" ninth season will be "interesting" as well as "a very, very cool, nice year...an exciting, different time." "Hopef ...

  15. Randy Jackson Tweets for Help on Grammy Voting

    January 05, 2010 11:20 AM EST 0 0 0 Taking a page out of "American Idol," judge Randy Jackson reached out to his Twitter followers yesterday (Jan. 4) to help him fill out his Grammy ballot. While there's no way of telling whether Jackson's nearly 12,000 Twitter fol ...

  16. Paper Tongues Ready For A Wild 'Ride'

    January 04, 2010 12:37 PM EST 0 0 0 The debut album release is still three months off, but response to the first single, "Ride To California," has North Carolina's Paper Tongues wagging with high expectations. "It's been this ongoing thing," frontman Aswa ...

  17. Randy Jackson Tweets For Help On Grammy Votes

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Taking a page out of "American Idol," judge Randy Jackson is reaching out to his Twitter followers to help him fill out his Grammy ballot. Voting members of the Recording Academy have until Friday to get their votes to accounting firm De ...

  18. Chart Beat Wednesday: Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire

    November 03, 2009 7:08 PM EST 0 0 0 BOYZ IN A FAMILIAR 'HOOD: Old is new again this week. Boyz II Men bow at No. 34 on Adult R&B (viewable at billboard.biz ) and No. 99 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "I Can't Make You Love Me." The song had last appeared on a Bi ...

  19. 'American Idol' Gives Back For A Third Time

    October 06, 2009 11:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" is bringing back its "Idol Gives Back" charitable special on April 21 after a yearlong hiatus. The special, airing during the top-seven Wednesday results show, will benefit Children's Health Fund, Feeding Ame ...

  20. Simon Cowell Signing Three-Year Deal With 'Idol'

    August 11, 2009 10:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Simon Cowell will be a judge on "American Idol" for at least three more seasons. During the second-quarter earnings call of CKX, parent company of "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment, CKX chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman indicat ...

  21. Katy Perry, Posh Spice To Fill Abdul's Judge Seat On 'Idol'

    August 07, 2009 10:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pop singers Katy Perry , former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham , and other female artists will be guest judges on "American Idol" this upcoming season to help replace departing Paula Abdul , Fox television executives said on Thursday. But Fox ...

  22. Paula Abdul Leaving 'American Idol'

    August 05, 2009 8:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paula Abdul announced Tuesday she is quitting "American Idol," a show that she said became an international phenomenon with her help. "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return" to the hit Fox TV singing contest, ...

  23. Post-'Idol,' Brooke White's Got 'High Hopes'

    July 24, 2009 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 American Idol finalist Brooke White is more than humbled and pleased by the warm reception to her first post-'Idol' album High Hopes & Heartbreak. Though she co-wrote nearly all of the July 21 album's twelve tracks, White says it ...

  24. Paula Abdul May Not Be Back On 'Idol'

    July 20, 2009 9:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paula Abdul's new manager says she may not be returning to "American Idol." According to a Los Angeles Times report, David Sonenberg says he doesn't have a proposal for a new contract for Abdul. He says it doesn't appear she ...

  25. Ryan Seacrest Re-Ups With 'Idol' In $45 Million Deal

    July 13, 2009 10:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ryan Seacrest is Fox's 45-Million-Dollar Man. The "American Idol" host has closed a major new three-year deal with CKX, parent of "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment, worth $15 million per year. Under the pact, which is believe ...

  26. Ryan Seacrest Re-Ups With 'Idol' In $45 Million Deal

    July 13, 2009 7:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ryan Seacrest is Fox's 45-Million-Dollar Man. The "American Idol" host has closed a major new three-year deal with CKX, parent of "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment, worth $15 million per year. Under the pact, which is believe ...

  27. 'Idol' Finale Down To The Wire

    May 19, 2009 9:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kris Allen "won" the first round of the "American Idol" finale, but the force of nature known as Adam Lambert bounced back to tie it all up. Lambert, the guylinered glam rocker from California, is battling acoustic guitar player ...

  28. Lambert, Gokey And Allen Compete For 'Idol' Crown

    May 13, 2009 8:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 The pressure is on for Danny Gokey, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. There's just one week until the "American Idol" finale, and on Tuesday night the all-male trio competed for two spots in next week's much-hyped sing-off. They each ...

  29. Adam Lambert Does 'Whole Lotta Love' On 'Idol' Rock Night

    May 06, 2009 6:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 The "American Idol" final four paired off to channel their inner rock stars Tuesday. The result? Some shined, some stumbled. And some things just tumbled. The remaining four singers performed duets along with their solos on the rock-themed ...

  30. Adam Lambert Is 'Feeling Good' After 'Idol' Rat Pack Night

    April 29, 2009 8:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paula Abdul stopped just short of declaring Adam Lambert the future winner of "American Idol." Instead, she compared him to a certain Olympic swimmer. The "Idol" judge praised yet another Lambert performance Tuesday night, tellin ...

  31. 'American Idol' Judges May Jump Ship

    April 25, 2009 1:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fox television this week faced an uncomfortable future when the two biggest stars on its No. 1-rated show "American Idol" openly discussed leaving, which experts said could send viewership plummeting in future seasons. Paula Abdul, whose o ...

  32. Adam Lambert Secures 'Idol' Lead With Disco Song

    April 22, 2009 9:08 AM EDT 0 0 0 Before he went on stage, the camera swooped down on "American Idol" contestant Adam Lambert as he stood beaming in the crowd. But as usual, Lambert was more than just a face in the crowd on Tuesday night, as he again wowed the judges and s ...

  33. Matt Giraud Spared, Miley Cyrus Appeared on 'American Idol'

    April 16, 2009 12:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 The four "American Idol" judges used their one-time-only veto power on Wednesday to spare Matt Giraud from being sent home after the hit talent show's fans cast the fewest votes for his performance of "Have You Ever Really Loved ...

  34. Adam Lambert Gets 'Wild' On 'Idol' As Judging Format Changes

    April 15, 2009 6:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" tried to end on time Tuesday, implementing a format that allowed only two judges to review a singer. Host Ryan Seacrest explained: "We're working in teams tonight, so we make it in on time." Judge Simon Cowel ...

  35. Rounds Derided, Lambert Gets Standing O On 'Idol'

    April 08, 2009 8:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Rounds continued her streak of disappointment on "American Idol." The 24-year-old Memphis mom's eyes welled with tears as judge Simon Cowell derided her performance of "What's Love Got To Do With It" Tuesday night a ...

  36. 'Idol' Judges Distracted By Iraheta's Funky Outfit

    April 01, 2009 8:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 Allison Iraheta's funky outfit got more attention than her performance on "American Idol." The judges' panel seemed too distracted by what she was wearing to offer much criticism of her performance. The 16-year-old rock prodigy b ...

  37. Update: 'American Idol' Changing Its Tune

    December 15, 2008 4:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fox today (Dec. 15) outlined the schedule for the eighth season of "American Idol," which reworks the elimination process to extend the Hollywood round and gives judges the opportunity to send some of their overlooked favorite contestants ...

  38. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" goes straight to 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 ...

  39. Body Of Infatuated Fan Found Near Abdul's Home

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A fan of Paula Abdul whose failed audition for "American Idol" aired in season five was found dead in a car near the home of the pop star and judge she admired, authorities said today (Nov. 12). A fan of Paula Abdul whose failed audition f ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Fourth Judge Added To 'American Idol'

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Grammy nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. DioGuardi, whose work includes Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away," Christina Aguilera's "Ain't ...

  42. Janet Jackson Dances With Randy Jackson

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" will incorporate the music of Janet Jackson on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. The dance crews will be asked to choreograph to songs from Jackson's library including "Con ...

  43. Mercado Dismissed From 'American Idol'

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Syesha Mercado's second, third and fourth chances caught up with her tonight as the 21-year-old Florida native was dismissed from the "American Idol" finals. Syesha Mercado's second, third and fourth chances caught up with her to ...

  44. 'Idol Gives Back' Raises $22 Million For Charity

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fox's "Idol Gives Back" charity telethon raised $22 million for charity last night (April 9), thanks to a combination of corporate sponsorship and donations from viewers who called in to the show and Fox's "Idol Gives Back&q ...

  45. Chart Beat

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action on British solo female artists, Madonna, Danity Kane and more! TOP OF THE WORLD: For the first time in almost 27 years, and only the third time in the entire rock era, a British solo female artist hits No. 1 on The Billbo ...

  46. Second Lil Mama Hit Ushers In New Album

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Having scored a second big hit without the benefit of an album, teenage rapper Lil Mama's debut finally has a release date. "VYP -- Voice of the Young People" will arrive April 29 via Jive. Having scored a second big hit without the b ...

  47. Ross Zooms By 'NOW,' Snoop To Debut At No. 1

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Miami rapper Rick Ross scores his second straight chart-topper on The Billboard 200 as "Trilla" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam) debuts at No. 1. The set sold 198,000 units in the United States, according to Ni Miami rapper Rick Ross scores his seco ...

  48. Rick Ross Is Boss At No. 1

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rick Ross heads up The Billboard 200 this week with "Trilla," while new arrivals from Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus and Fat Joe join him in the top 20 ... Two more "Now" albums bow -- "Now 27" and "Now That' ...

  49. Ten Secrets About An American Idol Taping

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sure, for most people, "American Idol" is a fun way to spend two nights a week on the couch, groaning at every off-key note and appalling fashion choice. But for the studio audience, it is a lot more Sure, for most people, "American I ...

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