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'American Idol': Lee DeWyze's first-week sales lower than all winners or runner-ups

The numbers are out for "American Idol" Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze's debut album "Live It Up" and they are not good. The album debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 39,000 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan. And actually, Lee isn't only the lowest-selling winner, but he's lower than any runner-up, beating Diana DeGarmo by 8,000 less albums sold. Now granted, that was in 2004 and this is 2010 -- people don't buy entire albums like they used to. But even just last year, Kris Allen sold 80,000 albums in one week and Glambert sold almost 200,000. To Read More Click Here.

'American Idol' to Go Straight to Top 12 and Give Challenges

"American Idol" may be more lenient in the age admittance but it is not taking it lightly the actual competition. Returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said there would be no more Top 24 stage. Instead, the contestants would be instantly whittled down to Top 12. "I didn't think [the top 24] were very good," Lythgoe told TV Guide of previous seasons. "I was bored with them by the time they got there." Details are still sketchy as to whether these Top 12 would be selected by the judges or by voting. Lythgoe and FOX also did not explain what would fill in the voting episodes which are now altered. To Read More Click Here.

Crystal Bowersox Lands First Acting Gig on 'Body of Proof'

"American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox has received her first acting job, accepting a guest starring slot on ABC's "Body of Proof". " 'Body of Proof' contacted me. They thought I'd be good for the role. Turns out, they think I can act as well. I'm happy for that," the 25-year-old singer gushed. Calling this her "first professional acting gig, other than the music videos" on "American Idol", Bowersox is to portray Zoe Reese, a woman beating her drug dealer "to a bloody pulp". She revealed, "I laughed hysterically when I heard that the character I'm accused of murdering is named Brynn Walker. My husband is Brian Walker. He didn't find it as funny as I did." To Read More Click Here.

Nigel Lythgoe on new 'American Idol' judges: No softies on the panel!

When it comes to the new American Idol  judges, so far so good, claims executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. EW chatted exclusively with the  Idol  guru at a red carpet event recently and he had this to say about the new panel, which is auditioning wanna-be Carrie Underwoods and Lee DeWyzes today in San Francisco. "It’s going great. It is a lot of fun to be there and test out the new judges," Lythgoe said. "We’re having an awful lot of fun in the audition room. Hopefully, that will translate on to the program. Jennifer Lopez is not making glib over rehearsed remarks. She’s listening to what they say and how they sound and commenting and being Jennifer Lopez. She’s see the program and she knows what she’s doing and she is taking it seriously. To Read More  Click Here.

'American Idol': Tim Urban's debut single 'Heart of Me'

"American Idol" Season 9 finalist Tim Urban is releasing a six-track EP -- one song will be out every day until next Saturday (Nov. 13). The first release is "Heart of Me," which will be on iTunes starting Monday (Nov. 8), but you can listen to the ballad on Neon Limelight's website. "Heart of Me" is also the title of the EP. The rest of Tim's tracks are: "P.S.," "Blur," "Lullaby," "Wheels Touch Down" and "I and You" and they will be released Tuesday through Saturday following the release of "Heart of Me. To Read More Click Here.

Crystal Bowersox Reveals New Album Cover Art and Two New Songs

Crystal Bowersox has just given her fans the first look at the front page of her upcoming debut CD. The album is titled "Farmers Daughter" and features the runner-up of "American Idol" sitting next to a pitbull on the cover art. "The pitbull was the landowners dog.. she jumped up there with me and we were just chillin," Bowersox tweeted. The newly-wed singer is going to release the effort across United States next month, on December 14. In the meantime, fans can listen to two new songs, "Hold On" and the title track "Farmers Daughter", on Mjsbigblog. "Hold On" reportedly is co-written by Kara DioGuardi and Chad Kroeger, while "Farmers Daughter" is said to come from production hands of David Bendeth. To Read More Click Here.

Lee DeWyze Debuts Title Track of His First Album 'Live It Up'

A week before Lee DeWyze's debut album "Live It Up" goes on sale, its title track is offered for free download for those pre-ordering the album on his digital store. The easy, breezy song is written by DeWyze with the help from Toby Gad and Lindy Robbins. "You only got one life, one life to live/ I wanna give it everything I got/ Who knows this might be it for us/ So why don't we live it up, darling," the winner of "American Idol" season 9 sings. It was initially chosen to be the lead single for the November 16 album, but he switched to "Sweet Serendipity" a few hours before the release. To Read More Click Here.

Crystal Bowersox 'Disgusted' but Won't Sue Snoopers

Former "American Idol" star Crystal Bowersox has declined to take legal action against state officials in her native Ohio after learning her personal records had been improperly accessed. The singer found herself at the center of controversy this week after reporters at The Columbus Dispatch discovered that several employees at the State Highway Patrol had looked into Bowersox's background information in May. Representatives for the Ohio Department of Public Safety issued an apology letter to Bowersox on July 1, but the star's father only recently broke the news to her when she returned home to Toledo. Bowersox admits she is "disgusted" by the scandal but is not planning to sue those responsible. Two of the employees in question have since lost their jobs as a result of their snooping. Source Here

Crystal Bowersox Eyes to Release Debut Album in Spring Instead of This Fall

Instead of planning to release her debut album in November in the same year she graduated from "American Idol" like some of the "Idol" alumni, Crystal Bowersox hopes to drop it next year in spring. "I don't want to rush something out just to hit Black Friday sales," she explained to 101.5 The River. "I don't think that's right," she continued. "[I don't want] just to have a product, but to have a good product, something that I will be proud of in 10, 15, 20 years. My debut album on a major label - it's a huge thing, and I don't want want to just put something out there that's thrown together to have something to sell. That's just not right." Crystal Bowersox has been signed to 19/Jive Records and toured with the other Top 9 contestants of "Idol" season 9. Her first gig after the summer traveling show will be with Michael Franti at San Fransisco's three-day festival on September 11. "I am so stoked," she said. "It's a peace rally, a three-day festival ... with one of my heroes." Source Here

Jennifer Lopez Out of 'American Idol' Judge Contention

Jennifer Lopez is no longer in consideration to join the judging panel on reality TV show "American Idol" due to her escalating demands, according to new reports. The singer/actress was named alongside Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler as possible replacements for exiting judges Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell. But talks have now broken down between Lopez and Fox network executives and she has been dropped from plans for the upcoming 10th season, reports People.com. A source says, "Her demands got out of hand. Fox had just had enough." Tyler, who has confirmed he has met with TV bosses, has emerged as a strong contender to sit on the panel with existing judge Randy Jackson, while the rest of the line-up remains a mystery. Source Here