‘Idol’ Finale Ratings About Even With Last Season’s

The "American Idol" seventh season finale last night (May 21) managed to essentially match last year's performance, with the coronation of David Cook watched by an estimated 31.7 million viewers.

Billboard Japan Hot 100 Finds Global Audience

The recently launched Billboard Japan Hot 100 finds a global audience tomorrow (May 22) when the chart joins the menu at ...

LL Cool J Heads Toward Def Jam ‘Exit’

Rapper LL Cool J is gearing up to release his next album, "Exit 13," July 18 via Def Jam. The veteran artist released the first single, "I Cry" featuring R&B singer Lil' Mo, yesterday (May 21) on the Web.

David Cook Triumphs On ‘American Idol’

Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American Idol" last night (May 21) at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. The 25-year-old Blue Springs, Mo., native earned 56% of the record 97.5 million votes cast at Tuesday's performance finale, defeating 17-year-old David Archuleta on the Fox TV series.

Demme Replaces Scorsese On Bob Marley Film

Jonathan Demme has boarded the Tuff Gong Pictures/ Shangri-La Entertainment Bob Marley documentary, replacing the previously announced Martin Scorsese as director. The backers said Scorsese has exited the project due to "scheduling conflicts."

Lil Wayne’s ‘Lollipop’ Returns To Hot 100 Peak

After a three-week break, Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" featuring Static Major returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It's the longest chart-topping hiatus since Usher's "U Got It Bad" went four weeks between No. 1 stints in January 2002.

Witnesses ID Alleged Victim In R. Kelly Trial

Prosecutors trying to prove that a woman appeared in a sex tape with R. Kelly when she was underage -- over her protestations that she didn't -- have turned to one of her childhood friends, the friend's father and two relatives.

Genesis Links With Wal-Mart For Reunion Tour DVD

Genesis deemed its 2007 reunion tour worthy of a three-disc DVD set because, according to Phil Collins, "we thought something like this, which may never happen again, was worth documenting just in case something good happened."

Wyclef Jean Launching Haiti Aid Initiative

Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean launched a new initiative to help his impoverished homeland yesterday (May 20) following last month's deadly food riots.

Rapper Saigon Splits With Atlantic

After numerous delayed release dates for his debut album, rapper Saigon has officially departed Atlantic Records, to which he signed in 2004.

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