1. Chart Moves: Coldplay Shines With 'Stars'; Eric Church Tops Country Airplay; Hillsong United Sets Record

    May 09, 2014 3:10 PM EDT As previously reported , John Legend takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "All of Me" and Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake soar in at No. 20 with "Love Never Felt So Good." Who makes news on Billboard song charts thi ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Chart Moves: 'Divergent' Soundtrack Debuts on Billboard 200, Christian Music Takes Over Dance Chart

    March 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the unstoppable "Frozen" soundtrack returned to No. 1 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, while Luke Bryan's latest "Spring Break" EP started at No. 2. Outside the top 10, there we ...

  4. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Louder Than Life Inks Collie Buddz, Sheila E. Releasing New Digital Album, and More

    March 06, 2014 9:07 PM EST Collie Buddz Signs With Louder Than Life Reggae artist Collie Buddz (“Come Around”) has signed with Sony Music imprint Louder Than Life, headed by producer and Sony executive VP of A&R Salaam Remi. Buddz is currently in the studio recording hi ...

  5. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, HAIM, Pharrell & More Make Moves

    February 24, 2014 3:05 PM EST Perry sets the Pop Songs weekly plays mark with 'Dark Horse'; HAIM hits its first airplay chart; and Pharrell's 'Happy' continues its multi-format surge Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard c ...

  6. Toni Braxton & Babyface’s Triumphant No. 1 Return to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    February 13, 2014 8:00 PM EST The duo's album unseats Beyonce for the first time since its December debut Toni Braxton and Babyface return to the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as their duet set “Love, Marriage & Divorce” moves 67,000 in its debut week for a debu ...

  7. Ruben Studdard Talks New Album, Big Weight Loss: 'This Time It's for Me'

    February 11, 2014 10:44 AM EST 0 0 0 Ruben Studdard, aka the Velvet Teddy Bear, formally returned to the music scene this month with a new album, new single and new label.  Released Feb. 4 by Verve Records, "Unconditional Love" marks Studdard's sixth album since claiming ...

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  9. 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 ...

  10. '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 ...

  11. 'American Idol' Song 'Home' Is Where The Cash Is

    June 07, 2012 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 Two days before Phillip Phillips sang "Home" on the "American Idol" 11th-season finale, one of the song's writers had heard some rumblings, but he still wasn't sure his work would get massive exposure. "I didn't ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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& ...

  17. 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� ...

  18. Chart Juice: Kirko Bangz Earns Long-Awaited Top 10 With 'Drank In My Cup'

    March 22, 2012 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Houston-born rapper Kirko Bangz earns his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as his second charted single, "Drank in My Cup," advances 13-10. "Drank in My Cup" enters the top tier in its 31st week, a ra ...

  19. Scotty McCreery's Voice Will Soothe Voted-Off 'Idol's

    March 07, 2012 10:15 AM EST 0 0 0 S cotty McCreery has snagged a new role on "American Idol" as the voice of the Voted-Off Song, which serenades teary-eyed castoffs after they hear the bad news via Ryan Seacrest. The baritone twang of last season's winner will be hear ...

  20. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST 0 0 0 The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox ...

  21. Ruben Studdard Files for Divorce

    November 17, 2011 5:17 PM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is divorcing his wife of three years, saying they haven't lived together since last year. Court records show Studdard filed a contested divorce last week in Shelby County, where he lives in suburb ...

  22. Josh Gracin Talks 'Redemption,' Working With Ruben Studdard Again

    November 07, 2011 6:30 PM EST 0 0 0 This week, Josh Gracin will release "Redemption" -- his debut album for Average Joe's Entertainment. In part of the media tour for the disc, he says that he is glad for the fans to be able to hear the new music. "I worked on this ...

  23. 'Idol's' Scotty McCreery Makes History at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 12, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery makes history as his debut album, "Clear as Day," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 197,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McCreery is the first country act to debut at No ...

  24. Scotty McCreery Poised to Top Billboard 200 With Debut

    October 05, 2011 10:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" 2011 winner Scotty McCreery is poised to become the first "Idol" champ since Ruben Studdard in 2003 (and only third overall) to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their first release. Industry p ...

  25. 'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    October 05, 2011 9:00 PM EDT "American Idol" 2011 winner Scotty McCreery is poised to become the first "Idol" champ since Ruben Studdard in 2003 (and only third overall) to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their first release. Industry ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

    June 03, 2010 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 LEE LEADS: Fox TV's "American Idol" continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series' ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The newly-crown ...

  35. DeWyze, Bowersox Talk Inspirations For Their Debut Album

    May 28, 2010 7:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" Lee DeWyze offered up some hints as to the direction of this first major label album Friday, saying he's most recently been inspired by the Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews and Sufjan Stevens. "I really dig [Kings of ...

  36. 'Idol' Results Finale Ratings Down 16%

    May 27, 2010 11:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 The crowning of Lee DeWyze as the ninth season "American Idol" champ drew 24.2 million total viewers Wednesday night, down 15.9% from the 28.8 million that watched Kris Allen take the title in 2009, according to numbers provided by Nielsen ...

  37. "Idol" Chart Battle Of The Sexes

    May 25, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 One Tuesday night TV mystery (sort of) down, two to go. Sunday night (May 23), ABC aired the heartwarming "Lost" series finale, a satisfying two-and-a-half hours, even if many of the island's questions remain unanswered. (It's a ...

  38. Chart Beat Thursday: Usher, will.i.am, B.o.B

    May 06, 2010 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 'OMG,' FYI: Usher adds to his already impressive Billboard Hot 100 history, as "OMG," featuring will.i.am , flies 6-1. With the coronation, Usher ties for ninth-place among artists with the most leaders in the chart's almost ...

  39. 'American Idol' Recap: Big Mike Shines on Shania Twain Night

    April 28, 2010 1:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 S hania Twain returns as a mentor and specifically to console me that John Park chose such a woofy group of songs in the early rounds, thereby hastening his exit. The Top 6 will perform Shania's catalogue in a twist on country night, presenting ...

  40. Chart Beat Thursday: B.o.B, Bobby & Billboard

    April 22, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 NOTHING BEATS 'NOTHIN' ': As previously reported , B.o.B ascends 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Nothin' On You," featuring Bruno Mars. The 21-year-old B.o.B, born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., is the just the fifth male r ...

  41. Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard To Tour Together

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, the two contestants who battled for the "American Idol" title in 2003, will co-headline a summer tour. Studdard, who was voted the winner, and Aiken, the close runner up, will play dates on the East Coast a ...

  42. Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard To Tour Together

    April 01, 2010 6:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 C lay Aiken and Ruben Studdard , the two contestants who battled for the "American Idol" title in 2003, announced today plans for a co-headlining summer tour. Studdard, who was voted the winner, and Aiken, the close runner up, will play da ...

  43. Ask Billboard: Happy 40th, Mariah!

    March 26, 2010 6:55 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. 'TOGETHER' FOREVER Hell ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Cast, Colbie Caillat, Sade

    December 10, 2009 5:29 PM EST 0 0 0 'LAST'-ING IMPRESSIONS: Although it has become a modern-day holiday standard - it ranks at No. 13 on this week's Holiday Songs chart, between carols by Paul McCartney and Gene Autry - Wham! 's "Last Christmas" never cha ...

  46. Chart Beat Thursday: Pink Floyd, Susan Boyle, Usher

    December 03, 2009 2:45 PM EST 0 0 0 NEW 'MOON': With the revamping of the Billboard 200 last week to again include both current and catalog titles , one of the chart's landmark records is updated this week. At No. 189, Pink Floyd 's "Dark Side of the Moon" ...

  47. Ask Billboard: Swift's Latest 'Fearless' Feat

    November 06, 2009 5:27 PM EST 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. WHAT'S HER 20? Hi Gary, I wa ...

  48. Chart Beat: "Glee," Kris Allen, Steve Martin

    May 28, 2009 3:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 'GLEE' AMONG RECORD-SETTING CLUB: In a week dominated by "American Idol," it's another Fox TV-related show that spurs the biggest splash on the Billboard Hot 100. Of course, having "Idol" as a lead-in helped the mu ...

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