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50 Best ‘American Idol’ Alumni of All Time

A new American Idol winner was crowned on Sunday night… so now what? As we’ve seen over 22 seasons of the reality singing competition — 15 on Fox starting in 2002, and the seventh just wrapping up on ABC — there are mixed results when it comes to who is most likely to succeed after their time on the show. Winning Idol is no guarantee of a future career, and […]

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Jon Wysocki, Founding Staind Drummer Dead at 53

Jon Wysocki, the founding drummer of rock band Staind has died at 53. The news was confirmed on Saturday, when Wysocki’s current band, Lydia’s Castle, posted about his passing on Instagram, writing, “On 5/18/2024 at 8:02pm, @jonwysocki4 passed away surrounded by family and friends that loved him dearly.” Staind also paid tribute to Wysocki in an Instagram post on Sunday, in which they wrote, “We first met Jon through mutual friends in […]

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‘Stax: Soulsville U.S.A.’ Salutes ‘Tenacious’ Spirit Behind Label Home of Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Booker T.

Nearly 50 years after being forced to close its doors in 1975, venerable label Stax Records became a Grammy winner once again in 2024. During the 66th annual Grammy Awards in February, the golden gramophones for best album notes and best historical album were awarded to the seven-disc box set Written In Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos. Now in further testament to the gifted artists, songwriters, producers, musicians and engineers behind […]

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Grammy Museum in L.A. to Open Permanent Grammy Hall of Fame Interactive Exhibit in Early 2025

When the Recording Academy put the Grammy Hall of Fame on hiatus for one year, they said they were rethinking the entire process. They weren’t kidding. The first fruits of the retooling will be seen on Tuesday (May 21) when the inaugural Grammy Hall of Fame Induction Gala is held at the Novo Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Related Andra Day, The War & Treaty and More Set […]

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Carín León Reveals Tracklist, Cover of New Album ‘Boca Chueca Vol.1’

Carín León’s new album will be released May 30, and it won’t be business as usual, as the Mexican star exclusively tells Billboard. Boca Chueca Vol. 1 drops at 8 p.m. ET on May 30, and features 19 songs, including bilingual collabs with country stars Kane Brown and Leon Bridges as well as Latin icons like ranchera star Pepe Aguilar and Mexican rockers Panteón Rococo. See the full tracklist for […]

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Katy Perry Waves Goodbye To ‘American Idol’ Era With Tears, Flying Pizza and a Towering Dress Paying Tribute to Contestants

Katy Perry ended her seven-year American Idol run in style on Sunday night (May 19), singing, table jumping and pizza-tossing her way off the stage during the three-hour season 22 finale. While the episode was ostensibly meant to crown this year’s winner — which it did, spoiler alert, in singer Abi Carter — it was also a night to celebrate Perry, who announced earlier this year that she would be […]

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Vince Staples Prepping ‘Dark Times’ Album, Drops Contemplative ‘Shame on the Devil’ Video

Vince Staples announced the upcoming release of his sixth full-length studio album, Dark Times, on Monday morning (May 20), revealing that his Def Jam LP will drop on Friday (May 24). The 13-track collection is described in a release as “a muscular and revelatory work refining elements that have been present in his catalog for the last decade: dense lyricism over lush, layered beats; wry, melancholic observations about life; finding […]

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Abi Carter Wins ‘American Idol’ 2024

Take a bow Abi Carter. The 21-year-old Indio, CA native wins the 2024 edition of American Idol, joining a list of previous champs that includes Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Carrie Underwood. Carter held her nerve during Sunday night’s (May 19) three-hour finale, winning ahead of Jack Blocker, a 25-year-old from Dallas, TX, and Will Moseley, a 23-year-old from Hazelhurst, GA. The budding musicians performed “Bed of Roses” by Jon […]

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Taylor Swift Pips Kings Of Leon For U.K. Chart Crown

Taylor Swift is in the neighborhood and back at No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart. Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department (via EMI) returns to No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, published Friday, May 17, as the European leg of her The Eras Tour kicks off in Paris, France. That’s a third non-consecutive week at No. 1 for Swift’s latest studio album. Swift will visit the U.K. in […]

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Fans Choose Zayn’s ‘Room Under the Stairs’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music

Zayn‘s Room Under the Stairs tops this week’s new music poll. Related Friday Music Guide: New Music From Billie Eilish, Zayn, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and More 05/17/2024 Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (May 17) on Billboard, choosing the star’s latest album as their favorite new music release of the past week. The former One Direction singer’s latest studio album brought in more than 47% of the […]

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