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Season 1:
Kelly Clarkson

American Idol Finalist: Kelly Clarkson

Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbon, Tamyra Gray, RJ Helton, Christina Christian, Ryan Starr, A.J. Gil, Jim Verraros, and EJay Day

Season 2:
Ruben Studdard


American Idol Finalist: Ruben Studdard

Clay Aiken, Kimberley Locke, Joshua Gracin, Trenyce, Carmen Rasmusen, Kimberly Caldwell, Rickey Smith, Julia DeMato, Charles Grigsby, Vanessa Olivarez, and Corey Clark

Season 3:
Fantasia Barrino

Fantasia Barrino

Diano DeGarmo, JasmineTrias, La Toya London, George Huff, John Stevens, Jennifer Hudson, Jon Peter Lewis, Camile Velasco, Amy Adams, Matthew Rogers, and Leah LaBelle

Season 4:
Carrie Underwood



Bo Bice, Mikalah Gordon, Lindsey Cardinale, Jessica Sierra, Nikko Smith, Nadia Turner, Anwar Robinson, Constantine Maroulis, Scott Savol, Anthony Fedorov, and Vonzell Solomon

Season 5:
Taylor Hicks


Taylor Hicks

Katharine McPhee, Elliott Yamin,
Chris Daughtry, Paris Bennett, Kellie Pickler, Ace Young, Bucky Covington, Mandisa, Lisa Tucker, Kevin Covais, and Melissa McGhee

Season 6:
Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks Info Page
Blake Lewis, Melinda Doolittle Lakisha Jones, Chris Richardson
Philip Stacy, Sanjaya Malakar, Haley Scarnato, Gina Glocksen, Chris Sligh, Stephanie Edwards, and Brandon Rogers

Season 7:
David Cook

David Cook Info Page

David Archuleta, Sysha Mercado
Jason Castro , Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Kristy Lee Cook, Michael Johns, Ramiele Maluba, Chikeze, Amanda Overmyer, and David Hernandez

Season 8:
Kris Allen

Kris Allen Info Page

Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Matt Giraud, Anoop Desai, Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, Alexis Grace, Jasmine Murray, Jorge Nunez

Season 9:
Lee DeWyze

Lee DeWyze Info Page

Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, Michael Lynche, Aaron Kelley, Siobhan Magnus, Tim Urban, Katie Stevens, Andrew Garcia, Didi Benami, Paige Miles, Lacey Brown

Season 10:
Scotty McCreery

David Cook Info Page

Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, Stefano Langone, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Thia Megia, Naima Adedapo, Karen Rodriguez, Ashton Jones


Season 11:
Phil Phillips

Season 12:
Candice Glover

Season 13:
Caleb Johnson

Season 14:
Nick Fradiani

Season 15:
Trent Harmon
 
 
TIMELINE

button.gif (123 bytes) The US version of the American Idol competition began in June, 2002 with 10,000 entrants. The show was a hit its first season for FOX and grew into a monster TV hit in the following years - kick-starting the music careers of many singers and spawning similar shows in hundreds of countries. The winner of the show receives a recording contract, although the success of the show has resulted in several of the top singers getting contracts and acting opportunities. American Idol's roots began with the UK version, Pop Idol, early in 2002 with the winner Will Young later topping UK Singles charts and breaking single-sales records.

2002...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The television show American Idol: The Search for a Superstar debuted on FOX with the judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. The trio became the decision-makers of who would move on further within the competition before the American public began the selection process.

American Idol Greatest Momentsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Season 1 winner: Kelly Clarkson
Justin Guarini (voted off September 4)
Nikki McKibbon (voted off August 28)
Tamyra Gray (voted off August 21)
RJ Helton (voted off August 14)
Christina Christian (voted off August 7)
Ryan Starr (voted off July 31)
A.J. Gil (voted off July 24)
Jim Verraros (voted off July 17)
EJay Day (voted off July 17).

September
Kelly Clarkson - A Moment Like This / Before Your Love (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) With 2 remaining finalists, Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, America voted Kelly Clarkson as the first US American Idol with 58% of the votes.
button.gif (123 bytes) The American Finalists along with winner
Kelly Clarkson performed live in Las Vegas for a special concert airing on Fox.

October
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American Idol Greatest Moments was released and included tracks from all Top 10 finalists including 4 tracks by Kelly Clarkson, 2 by Justin Guarini, and 1 group song (a cover of "California Dreamin'"). The 10 finalists also toured for 6 weeks during October and November.
Justin Guarini LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Justin Guarini and Tamyra Gray both signed a record deal with Simon's label.

November
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American Idol Greatest Moments was certified gold.

2003...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The second outing of American Idol was back on the TV screens. Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson were back as judges and ratings continued to soar.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Tamyra Gray started appearing in episodes of Boston Public on FOX.

American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic American Love Songsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Season 2 winner: Ruben Studdard
Clay Aiken (voted off May 21)
Kimberley Locke (voted off May 14)
Joshua Gracin (voted off May 7)
Trenyce (voted off April 30)
Carmen Rasmusen (voted off April 23)
Kimberly Caldwell (voted off April 16)
Rickey Smith (voted off April 9)
Corey Clark (kicked off over assault allegations April 2)
Julia DeMato
(voted off March 26)
Charles Grigsby
(voted off March 19)
Vanessa Olivarez
(voted off March 12)

April
button.gif (123 bytes) The Season 2 American Idol Finalists recorded a charity single of Lee Greenwood's "
God Bless The USA."

May
Ruben Studdard
button.gif (123 bytes) The Season 2 American Idol Finalists recording of "God Bless The USA" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for 8 weeks.
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American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic American Love Songs was released.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard was voted the winner of American Idol 2 with just over 50% of the vote (with only about 130,000 votes separating him from
Clay Aiken). Studdard said of the win: "I just feel elated, man. This is wonderful, man. I've dreamed of being in this place my whole life and I am finally here, and there is nothing better than being able to live out your dream."
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American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic American Love Songs was certified gold and the single "God Bless The USA" was certified gold.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Justin Guarini released his debut LP - Justin Guarini.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard hit the Top 40 with "
Flying Without Wings."
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Clay Aiken topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for 2 weeks and Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for 11 weeks with "This Is The Night" selling over 392,000 copies its first week of release in the US - compared to over 285,000 copies Ruben Studdard sold with "Flying Without Wings" which came in at #2. The same #1-#2 debut occurred on the Canadian singles chart.
Ruben Studdard - Flying Without Wings / Superstar (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart for 8 weeks with "Superstar / Flying Without Wings."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard filmed a cameo appearance as himself for next years film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
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Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini's movie - From Justin To Kelly - hit theaters and only grossed 2.9 million dollars its first week of release (coming in at #11 for the weekend of its release).

July
Clay Aiken - This Is The Night / Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Justin Guarini was facing legal troubles after being accused of being reckless on a jet ski in Texas and almost injuring a 5 year old girl.
button.gif (123 bytes) The American Idol finalists began touring together. The tour did not include Josh Gracin because he was "unable to complete his required training (in the Marines) in the allotted time."

button.gif (123 bytes) American Idol was nominated for 6 Emmy Awards.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard's single "Flying Without Wings/Superstar" was certified gold.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard filed a lawsuit against the clothing line 205 Flava Inc claiming they were unfairly profiting by using his image to promote their clothing which has the large '205' across the front. The clothing received much publicity when Studdard wore the shirts while on American Idol. The lawsuit was later settled.

October
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American Idol Christmas was released and included holiday tracks from the top favorites of the last 2 seasons.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Justin Guarini was hit with a lawsuit by a couple whose car was hit from behind by Guarini's truck in Pennsylvania last March.

December
Ruben Studdard - Soulfulbutton.gif (123 bytes) Justin Guarini was reportedly dropped by his record label, RCA. His debut LP had sold 134,000 copies.
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American Idol Christmas was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard released his debut LP,
Soulful.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for a week with
Soulful selling over 416,000 copies its first week of release in the US.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard hit the Top 40 with "
Sorry 2004."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard topped the
Billboard Year-End Charts with the Top Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single Sales ("Flying Without Wings/Superstar").

2004... Kimberley Locke: # 26 Singles Artist of the Year ~ Ruben Studdard: # 94 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Kimberley Locke - Eighth World Wonder (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) American Idol 3 began.
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Soulful was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for 2 weeks with
Soulful.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke hit the Top 40 with "
Eighth World Wonder."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male ("Superstar").

American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classicsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Season 3 winner: Fantasia Barrino
Diano DeGarmo (voted off May 26)
Jasmine Trias (voted off May 19)
LaToya London (voted off May 12)
George Huff (voted off May 5)
John Stevens (voted off April 28)
Jennifer Hudson (voted off April 21)
Jon Peter Lewis (voted off April 15)
Camile Velasco (voted off April 7)
Amy Adams (voted off March 31)
Matthew Rogers (voted off March 24)
Leah LaBelle (voted off March 17)

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with "
Sorry 2004."
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Ruben Studdard won a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart with "
Eighth World Wonder."

April
Ruben Studdard - "What If" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) A surprise star came out of the American Idol 3 auditions in the form of William Hung who was best remembered for his rendition of "She Bangs." The result was being booted by the judges early on, but gaining a following and eventually a recording deal with Kock Records and the release of Inspiration.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke hit the
Top 10 with "Eighth World Wonder."
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American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics was released.
Tamyra Gray - The Dreamerbutton.gif (123 bytes) Elton John echoed the feelings of many American Idol fans after Jennifer Hudson was felt to be prematurely voted out of the contest: "The three people I was really impressed with, and they just happened to be black, young female singers, and they all seem to be landing in the bottom three. They have great voices. The fact that they're constantly in the bottom three - and I don't want to set myself up here - but I find it incredibly racist." The following week, voters appeared to redeem themselves by letting go John Stevens, who received consistent negative feedback from the judges.

May
Kimberley Locke - One Lovebutton.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke released One Love.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke topped the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales chart with the remixes of "
Eighth World Wonder."
button.gif (123 bytes) Tamyra Gray released her debut LP
The Dreamer.
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Fantasia Barrino was named the American Idol for Season 3. Her first single "I Believe" was co-written by Tamyra Gray.

June
Josh Gracin LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Josh Gracin released his debut LP, Josh Gracin.
button.gif (123 bytes) Diana DeGarmo released her single "
Dreams / Don't Cry Out Loud / I Believe."

July
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke hit the Top 40 with "
Wrong."

September
Ruben Studdard - I Need An Angelbutton.gif (123 bytes) Diana DeGarmo topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart with "Dreams."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) George Huff released the holiday EP,
George Huff Christmas.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard was nominated for an
American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.
Fantasia Barrino - Free Yourselfbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard released I Need An Angel.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard was hospitalized for exhaustion.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Diana DeGarmo released her solo LP
Blue Skies.

2005...

January
Diana DeGarmo - Blue Skiesbutton.gif (123 bytes) The 4th season of American Idol began.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke could be heard on the
Disneymania 3 compilation on the track "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes."

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Josh Gracin topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart with "Nothin' To Lose."

button.gif (123 bytes) Season 4 winner: Carrie Underwood
Bo Bice (voted off May 25)
Vonzell Solomon (voted off May 18)
Anthony Fedorov (voted off May 11)
Scott Savol (voted off May 4)
American Idol Finalists - The ShowstoppersConstantine Maroulis (voted off April 27)
Anwar Robinson (voted off April 20)
Nadia Turner (voted off April 13)
Nikko Smith (voted off April 6)
Jessica Sierra (voted off March 30)
Mikalah Gordon (voted off March 24)
Lindsey Cardinale (voted off March 16)

April
Carrie Underwood - "Inside Your Heaven / Independence Day" (cd single)button.gif (123 bytes) The finalists released their benefit single "When You Say You Love Me."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard's
I Need An Angel was certified gold.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) The finalists topped the Canadian singles chart with "
When You Say You Love Me."
button.gif (123 bytes) The finalists released
American Idol Season 4: The Showstoppers.
Bo Bice - "Inside Your Heaven / Vehicle " (cd single)button.gif (123 bytes) Carrie Underwood was named the American Idol for Season 4.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice told Rolling Stone that he was happy he didn't win American Idol: "The label 'American Idol' was not for me. I'm not a pop person. It would have been harder to play my kind of music if I had won."
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice released the single "
Inside Your Heaven / Vehicle."
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice got married.

button.gif (123 bytes) Josh Gracin's Josh Gracin was certified gold.

July
Bo Bice button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice topped the Billboard Hot Pop 100 chart, Pop 100 chart, and the Hot Singles Sales chart with " "Inside Your Heaven."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice missed some of the 'American Idols Live Tour' when he required emergency surgery for a "kink in his intestines."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard could be heard on the Ray Charles LP Genius And Friends with the duet "Imagine."
Bob Bice - The Real Thingbutton.gif (123 bytes) LaToya London released Love And Life.
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice and his wife had a son.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart with "Up On The Housetop."
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice released
The Real Thing.
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice was rushed to the hospital due to complications from his recent intestinal surgery.

Kimberley Locke - "Coulda Been" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Gospel Artist and with the Top Gospel Album (I Need An Angel).

2006.. Bo Bice: # 33 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice hit the Top 40 with "
The Real Thing."
button.gif (123 bytes) The 5th season of American Idol began.

American Idol Season 5 Encoresbutton.gif (123 bytes) Season 5 winner: Taylor Hicks
Katharine McPhee (voted off May 24)
Elliott Yamin (voted off May 17)
Chris Daughtry (voted off May 10)
Paris Bennett (voted off May 3)
Kellie Pickler (voted off April 26)
Ace Young (voted off April 19)
Bucky Covington (voted off April 12)
Taylor HicksMandisa (voted off April 5)
Lisa Tucker (voted off March 29)
Kevin Covais (voted off March 22)
Melissa McGhee (voted off March 15)

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice's The Real Thing was certified gold.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice hit the
Top 10 with "The Real Thing."
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American Idol Season 5 Encores was released.
Katharine McPheebutton.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hicks was named the American Idol of Season 5.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hicks released the CD single "
Do I Make You Proud / Takin' It To The Streets."
button.gif (123 bytes) Katharine McPhee released the CD single "My Destiny / Somewhere Over The Rainbow."

July
button.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hicks topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Pop 100 chart, and Hot Singles Sales chart with "
Do I Make You Proud / Takin' It To The Streets."
button.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hicks topped the Canadian singles chart with "
Do I Make You Proud / Takin' It To The Streets."
Katharine McPhee - "My Destiny / Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hicks hit the Top 40 with "Do I Make You Proud."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice hit the Top 40 with "U Make Me Better."

October
Taylor Hicks - "Do I Make You Proud / Takin' It To The Streets" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard's next LP The Return was released.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kellie Pickler released her debut LP
Small Town Girl (Billboard peak: # 9 - Rolling Stone: 3 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: C).

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Kellie Picker topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with
Small Town Girl.
button.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hick's single "
Do I Make You Proud / Takin' It To The Streets" was certified gold.

Taylor Hicks LP Kellie Pickler Ruben Studdard - The Return

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard topped the Billboard Adult R&B chart with "Change Me."
button.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hicks released his debut LP
Taylor Hicks.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke topped the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart with "Jingle Bells."

button.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hicks topped the Billboard Year-End Charts with the Top Hot 100 Single Sales ("Do I Make You Proud / Takin' It To The Streets").

2007..Elliott Yamin: # 24 Singles Artist of the Year - Katharine McPhee: # 63 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Katharine McPhee LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) The 6th season of American Idol began.
button.gif (123 bytes) Katharine McPhee released her debut LP
Katharine McPhee (Billboard peak: # 2 - Entertainment Weekly: C+).
button.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hick's LP
Taylor Hicks was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kellie Picker's LP
Small Town Girl was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Katharine McPhee hit the Top 40 with "
Over It."

Jordin Sparks Info Page button.gif (123 bytes) Season 6 winner: Jordin Sparks
Blake Lewis (voted off May 23)
Melinda Doolittle (voted off May 16)
Lakisha Jones (voted off May 9)
Chris Richardson (voted off May 2)
Philip Stacy (voted off May 2)
Sanjaya Malakar (voted off April 18)
Haley Scarnato (voted off April 11)
Gina Glocksen
(voted off April 4)
Chris Sligh
(voted off March 28)
Stephanie Edwards
(voted off March 21)
Brandon Rogers (voted off March 14)
Blake Lewis Info Page

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Elliot Yamin released his debut
Elliot Yamin (Billboard peak: # 3).

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Bucky Covington released his debut
Bucky Covington (Billboard peak: # 4 - Entertainment Weekly: B+).
Elliott Yamin - "Wait For You" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Elliot Yamin hit the Top 40 with "Wait For You."
from the LP
Elliot Yamin
ARC chart run: 40 - 37 - 32 - 31 - 29 - 21 - 16 - 12 - 10 - 12 - 10 - 9 - 10 - 9 - 6 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 4 - 6 - 10 - 12 - 15 - 18 - 20 - 23 - 25 - 28 - 32 - off
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iTunes and Amazon.mp3

Elliott Yamin LP Bucky Covington Kimberley Locke - Based On A True Story Paris Bennett - Princess P

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Bucky Covington topped the Billboard Country Albums chart with
Bucky Covington.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke released her second LP
Based On A True Story (Billboard peak: # 160 - Entertainment Weekly: C).
button.gif (123 bytes) Paris Bennett released her debut LP
Princess P (Billboard peak: # 133 - Entertainment Weekly: C+).
Blake Lewis EPbutton.gif (123 bytes) EPs by Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis were released for digital download.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart with "Change."
button.gif (123 bytes) Blake Lewis hit the Top 40 with his remake of "
You Give Love A Bad Name."
Mandisa - True Beautybutton.gif (123 bytes) Elliot Yamin hit the Top 10 with "Wait For You."

July
button.gif (123 bytes) Mandisa released
True Beauty (Billboard peak: # 43 - Entertainment Weekly: B-).
button.gif (123 bytes) Constantine Maroulis released
Maroulis (Billboard peak: # 75 - Entertainment Weekly: D+).

September
Bo Bice - See The Lightbutton.gif (123 bytes) Elliot Yamin's LP Elliot Yamin and single "Wait For You" were certified gold.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Bo Bice released
See The Light (Billboard peak: # 150 - Entertainment Weekly: C).

December
Blake Lewis - Audio Day Dreambutton.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart with "Frosty The Snowman."
button.gif (123 bytes) Blake Lewis released
Audio Day Dream (Billboard peak: # 10 - Entertainment Weekly: C).
button.gif (123 bytes) Elliot Yamin released
Sounds Of The Season: The Elliott Yamin Holiday Collection.

2008...David Cook: # 42 Singles Artist of the Year - David Archuleta: # 47 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart for a week with "Band Of Gold."
button.gif (123 bytes) The 7th season of American Idol began.

Apple iTunes

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Mandisa was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (True Beauty).

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Idol judge Randy Jackson released Randy Jackson's Music Club, Volume 1.

David Cook Info Page button.gif (123 bytes) Season 7 winner: David Cook
David Archuleta (voted off May 21)
Sysha Mercado (voted off May 14)
Jason Castro
(voted off May 7)
Brooke White (voted off April 30)
Carly Smithson (voted off April 23)
Kristy Lee Cook (voted off April 16)
Michael Johns
(voted off April 9)
Ramiele Maluba
(voted off April 2)
Chikeze (voted off March 26)
Amanda Overmyer (voted off March 19)
David Hernandez (voted off March 12)
David Archuleta Info Page

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Kellie Pickler won 3 CMT Music Awards.
button.gif (123 bytes) Phil Stacey released
Phil Stacey.

May
David Cook - "The Time Of My Life" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) David Cook was named the American Idol with 56% of the vote.
button.gif (123 bytes) David Cook made chart history on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when 11 of his songs debuted on the chart in the same week - American Idol allowed downloads from finalists to be reported on the iTunes charts. Cook hit the chart with the songs "
The Time Of My Life," "Dream Big," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "The World I Know," "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing," "Billie Jean," "Always Be My Baby," "Hello," "The Music Of The Night," "Eleanor Rigby", and "I'm Alive."
David Archuleta - "Crush" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Elliott Yamin could be heard on the compilation Disneymania, Vol. 6 with the track "Can You Feel The Love Tonight."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) David Cook topped the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart and Hot Digital Tracks chart with "
The Time Of My Life."
button.gif (123 bytes) David Cook hit the Top 40 with "
The Time Of My Life."

July
Kellie Pickler LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Kimberley Locke topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart with "Fall."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) David Archuleta hit the Top 40 with "Crush."
button.gif (123 bytes) David Archuleta topped the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart and Hot Digital Tracks chart with "Crush."
button.gif (123 bytes) It was announced that the next season of American Idol would add a 4th judge - singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi.

September
David Archuleta LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) David Cook topped the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart with "The Time Of My Life."
button.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hicks appeared from June into September on Broadway in the revival of Grease playing the Teen Angel.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Kellie Pickler released her 2nd LP
Kellie Pickler (Billboard peak: # 9) and topped the Billboard Country Albums chart.
button.gif (123 bytes) David Cook hit the Top 40 with "
Light On."

November
David Cook LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) David Cook performed on Saturday Night Live.
button.gif (123 bytes) David Archuleta released his debut LP
David Archuleta (Billboard peak: # 2 - Rolling Stone: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: C+).
button.gif (123 bytes) David Cook released his debut LP
David Cook (Billboard peak: # 3 - Rolling Stone: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B).

December
button.gif (123 bytes) David Cook topped the Billboard Top Digital Albums with David Cook.

2009... David Cook: # 56 Singles Artist of the Year - Kris Allen: # 68 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Taylor Hicks - 'The Distance'button.gif (123 bytes) The 8th season of American Idol began with addition of a 4th judge Kara DioGuardi.
button.gif (123 bytes) David Cook's LP
David Cook and David Archuleta's LP David Archuleta was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Melinda Doolittle released her debut LP
Coming Back To You (Billboard peak: # 58 - Entertainment Weekly: B+).

Kris Allen Info Page button.gif (123 bytes) Season 8 winner: Kris Allen
Adam Lambert
(voted off March 20)
Danny Gokey
( voted off May 13)
Allison Iraheta
( voted off May 6)
Matt Giraud
(voted off April 15 but saved by judges and voted off April 29)
Anoop Desai
(voted off April 22)
Lil Rounds
(voted off April 22)
Scott MacIntyre
(voted off April 8)
Megan Joy
(voted off April 1)
Michael Sarver
(voted off March 26)
Alexis Grace
(voted off March 18)
Jasmine Murray
(voted off March 11)
Jorge Nunez
(voted off March 11)
Adam Lambert Info Page

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Taylor Hicks released The Distance (Billboard peak: # 58 - Entertainment Weekly: C).
button.gif (123 bytes) Mandisa released the gospel LP
Freedom.

Elliott Yamin - 'Fight For Love' Ruben Studdard - 'Love Is'

May
Kris Allen - "No Boundaries" (Single)
button.gif (123 bytes) Kris Allen was voted the American Idol.
button.gif (123 bytes) Elliott Yamin released
Fight For Love (Billboard peak: # 26).
button.gif (123 bytes) Ruben Studdard released his next LP
Love Is (Billboard peak: # 36 - Entertainment Weekly: B+).

June
Kris Allen - "Live Like We're Dying" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Kris Allen hit the Top 40 with "No Boundaries."
button.gif (123 bytes) Michael Johns (Season 7) released
Hold Back My Heart.
button.gif (123 bytes) Adam Lambert appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.

July
button.gif (123 bytes) Brooke White (Season 7) released her debut LP
High Hopes And Heartbreaks (Billboard peak: # 50).

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Abdul announced she would be leaving American Idol after 8 seasons.

David Archuleta - 'Christmas From The Heart' Adam Lambert - "Time For Miracles" (Single) Adam Lambert - 'For Your Entertainment' Adam Lambert - "Whataya Want From Me" (Single)

September
button.gif (123 bytes) It was announced that Ellen DeGeneres would be the 4th judge on American Idol when it begins its 9th season, replacing recently departed, Paula Abdul.

October
Kris Allen - 'Kris Allen'button.gif (123 bytes) David Archuleta released Christmas From The Heart (available at iTunes and Amazon-mp3).

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Kris Allen hit the Top 40 with "
Live Like We're Dying."
button.gif (123 bytes) Kris Allen released his debut LP
Kris Allen (Billboard peak: # 11 - Entertainment Weekly: B-).
button.gif (123 bytes) Adam Lambert released his debut LP
For Your Enterainment (Billboard peak: # 3 - Entertainment Weekly: B+).

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Allison Iraheta released her debut LP Just Like You (Billboard peak: # 35 - Entertainment Weekly: A-).
button.gif (123 bytes) Adam Lambert hit the Top 40 with "
Whataya Want From Me."

Allison Iraheta - 'Just Like You' Katharine McPhee - 'Unbroken' Danny Gokey - 'My Best Days' Blake Lewis

2010...Adam Lambert: # 20 Singles Artist of the Year -- Kris Allen: # 52 Singles Artist of the Year

January
'American Idol - Season 9' compilationbutton.gif (123 bytes) The 9th season of American Idol began with addition of judge Ellen DeGeneres.
button.gif (123 bytes) Katharine McPhee released
Unbroken (Entertainment Weekly: C+).
button.gif (123 bytes) Mandisa was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (Freedom).

Lee DeWyze Info Page button.gif (123 bytes) Season 9 winner: Lee DeWyze
Crystal Bowersox (voted off May 26)
Lacey Brown
(voted off March 17)
Paige Miles
(voted off March 24)
Didi Benami
(voted off March 31)
Andrew Garcia
(voted off April 14)
Katie Stevens
(voted off April 14)
Tim Urban
(voted off April 21)
Siobhan Magnus
(voted off April 28)
Aaron Kelley
(voted off May 5)
Michael Lynche
(voted off April 7 but saved by judges - voted off May 12)
Casey James
(voted off May 19)
Crystal Bowersox Info Page

March
Adam Lambert - "If I Had You" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Danny Gokey released his debut LP My Best Days.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kris Allen hit the
Top 10 with "Live Like We're Dying."

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Jason Castro released his debut LP Jason Castro.
button.gif (123 bytes) Blake Lewis topped the Billboard Dance Club Play Songs chart with "Heartbreak On Vinyl."

May
David Archuleta - 'The Other Side Of Down'button.gif (123 bytes) American Idol - Season 9 was released.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Adam Lambert hit the Top 40 with "
If I Had You."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) It was announced that
Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler would be joining Randy as judges on the next installment of American Idol - replacing Ellen, Simon, and Kara.

October
Lee DeWyze - 'Live It Up' button.gif (123 bytes) David Archuleta released The Other Side of Down.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Lee DeWyze released his debut LP
Live it Up (available on iTunes and Amazon.mp3.

December
Crystal Bowersox - 'Farmer's Daughter'button.gif (123 bytes) Crystal Bowersox released Farmer's Daughter.

2011...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The 10th season of American Idol began with new judges
Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez joining Randy Jackson - and without Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kara DioGuardi.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Adam Lambert was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male ("Whataya Want From Me").

button.gif (123 bytes) Season 10 finalists:
Scotty McCreery - "I Love You This Big" (Single)Scott McCreery
Ashton Jones
(voted off March 10th)
Karen Rodriguez
(voted off March 17th)
Naima Adedapo
(voted off March 31st)
Thia Megia
(voted off March 31st)
Pia Toscano
(voted off April 7th)
Paul McDonald
(voted off April 14th)
Stefano Langone
(voted off April 21st)
Casey Abrams
(voted off April 28th)
Jacob Lusk (voted off May 5th)
James Durbin
(voted off May 12th)
Haley Reinhart
(voted off May 19th)
Lauren Alaina
(voted off May 25th)

'American Idol 10th Anniversary - The Hits' compilation Adam Lambert - 'Glam Nation Live' (CD/DVD) David Cook - 'This Loud Morning' Lauren Alaina - 'Wildflower'

March
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American Idol 10th Anniversary - The Hits was released.
button.gif (123 bytes) Adam Lambert released the CD/DVD
Glam Nation Live.

June
Scotty McCreery - 'Clear As Day'button.gif (123 bytes) David Cook released This Loud Morning.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Scotty McCreery released
Clear As Day (available for download at iTunes and Amazon.mp3).
button.gif (123 bytes) Scotty McCreery topped the Billboard 200 LP chart, Country Albums chart, and Digital Albums chart with
Clear As Day.
button.gif (123 bytes) Lauren Alaina released
Wildflower.

November
Adam Lambert - 'Beg For Mercy'button.gif (123 bytes) 'Old' Adam Lambert material was released Beg For Mercy.
button.gif (123 bytes) James Durbin released
Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster.
button.gif (123 bytes) Scotty McCreery's
Clear As Day was certified gold.

2012...Phillip Phillips: # 35 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The 11th season of American Idol began with dipping ratings.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kellie Pickler (Season 5) released
100 Proof.
button.gif (123 bytes) Scotty McCreery's
Clear As Day was certified platinum.

Adam Lambert - 'Trespassing'button.gif (123 bytes) Season 11 finalists: Phillip Phillips, Heejun Han, Joshua Ledt, Colton Dixon, Jermaine Jones, Deandre Brackensick, Jeremy Rosado, Jesica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Shannon Magrane, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Elliott Yamin released
Let's Get To What's Real.

May
Kris Allen - 'Thank You Camellia'button.gif (123 bytes) Adam Lambert released Trespassing.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kris Allen released
Thank You Camellia.
button.gif (123 bytes) Phil Phillips won season 11.
button.gif (123 bytes) Adam Lambert topped the Billboard 200 LP chart and Digital Albums chart with
Trespassing.
button.gif (123 bytes) Crystal Bowersoix released
Once Upon A Time...

June
'American Idol Season 11 Top 10 Highlights' compilationbutton.gif (123 bytes) American Idol Season 11 Top 10 Highlights was released.

July
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Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler quit the show.
button.gif (123 bytes) Phillip Phillip's
American Idol Season 11 Highlights was released.
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Mariah Carey joined American Idol.
button.gif (123 bytes) Jordin Sparks could be heard on the soundtrack for
Sparkle (a movie she starred in) on several tracks.

'Sparkle' soundtrack David Archuleta - 'BEGIN' Scotty McCreery - 'Christmas With Scotty McCreery'

August
button.gif (123 bytes) David Archuleta released BEGIN.
Phillip Phillips - "Home" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Phillip Phillips hit the Top 40 with "Home" after the song was used in the Olympics coverage of women's gymnastics.
from the LP
The World From The Side Of The Moon
ARC chart run: 39 - 33 - 30 - 26 - 24 - 20 - 19 - 19 - 16 - 21 - 21 - 21 - 16 - 13 - 12 - 11 - 8 - 7 - 7 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 8 - 22 - 26 - 39 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 14
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3
button.gif (123 bytes) Phillip Phillips topped the Billboard Digital Songs chart with "Home."
button.gif (123 bytes) Jordan Sparks could be seen in the film Sparkle.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Scotty McCreery released
Christmas With Scotty McCreery.
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 4

November
Phillip Phillips - 'World From The Side Of The Moon'button.gif (123 bytes) Phillip Phillips released his debut LP The World From The Side Of The Moon.
US: Gold
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 4
Rolling Stone: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Phillip Phillips hit the Top 10 with "Home."
button.gif (123 bytes) Phillip Phillips topped the Billboard Rock Albums chart with The World From The Side Of The Moon.

2013...Phillip Phillips: # 44 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The 12th season of American Idol began with new judges
Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban joining Randy Jackson.

February
Candice Glover - 'Music Speaks'button.gif (123 bytes) Phillip Phillips topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart with "Home."

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Crystal Bowersox released
All That For This (Billboard peak: # 71).
button.gif (123 bytes) David Archuleta released
No Matter How Far (Billboard peak: # 110).

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Candice Glover won American Idol.

June
Phillip Phillips - "Gone, Gone, Gone" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Phillip Phillips hit the Top 40 with "Gone, Gone Gone."
from the LP
The World From The Side Of The Moon
ARC chart run: 37 - 29 - 26 - 24 - 22 - 20 - 20 - 18 - 18 - 21 - 24 - 21 - 20 - 22 - 21 - 25 - 36 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 64
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Mandisa released Overcomer.
Billboard peak: # 29
button.gif (123 bytes) Phillip Phillips topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart with "
Gone, Gone Gone."

October
Scotty McCreery - 'See You Tonight'button.gif (123 bytes) Scotty McCreery released See You Tonight.
available for download at iTunes and Amazon.mp3

button.gif (123 bytes) November 2: Scotty McCreery topped the Billboard Country Albums chart with See You Tonight.
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November 11: Kellie Pickler released The Woman i Am.
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November 24: Phillip Phillips was nominated for an American Music Awards for Favorite New Artist of the Year.

2014....

Ruben Studdard - 'Unconditional Love' Candice Glover - 'Music Speaks'

  • Phillip Phillips - 'Behind The Light'May 19: Phillip Phillips released Behind The Light.
    Tracks: "Searchlight" - "Raging Fire" - "Trigger" - "Lead On" - "Alive Again" - "Open Your Eyes" - "Fool For You" - "Thicket" - "Fly" - "Unpack Your Heart" - "FACE" - "Midnight Sun" - "My Boy" - "Don't Trust Me" - "Armless Crawler"
    available for download at
    iTunes and Amazon.mp3
  • May 21: Caleb Johnson won the 13th season of American Idol.
  • August 1: Michael Johns, from the 7th season of American Idol died at the age of 35.
  • Kris Allen - 'Horizons'August 13: Kris Allen released Horizons.
    Tracks: "Young Love" - "Prove It To You" - "Beautiful & Wild" - "In Time" - "Lost" - "Don't Set Me Free" - "Everybody Just Wants To Dance" - "Parachute" - "It's Always You" - "Girl Across The Room"
  • It was announced that the 15th season of American Idol will be the last.
  • March 13: Nick Fradiani won the 14th season of American Idol.

2016...

  • April 7: Trent Harmon was crowned the winner of the final season of American Idol after a star-studded finale for the show.

LPs
American Idol Greatest Moments American Idol Greatest Moments
Released: October, 2002
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 4
Tracks: "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" (Kelly) - "Respect" (Kelly) - "For Once In My Life" (Justin) - "Get Here" (Justin) - "Piece Of My Heart" (Nikki) - "A House Is Not A Home" (Tamyra) - "Lately" (R.J.) - "Ain't No Sunshine" (Christina) - "If You Really Love Me" (Ryan) - "My Cherie Amour" (A.J.) - "I'll Be" (E.J.) - "Easy" (Jim) - "California Dream" (all finalists) - "Before Your Love" (Kelly) - "A Moment Like This" (Kelly)
American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic American Love Songs American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic American Love Songs
Released: May, 2003
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 2
Tracks: "God Bless The USA" (Everyone) - "What The World Needs Now" (Everyone) - "Superstar" (Ruben) - "On The Wings Of Love" (Clay) - "At Last" (Julie) - "Three Times A Lady" (Joshua) - "Let's Stay Together" (Trenyce) - "Back At One" (Rickey) - "Killing Me Softly" (Kimberly C) - "Open Arms" (Corey) - "How Do I Live" (Carmen) - "Over The Rainbow" (Kimberley L) - "Overjoyed" (Everyone)
American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic American Love Songs American Idol Christmas
Released: October, 2003
US
: Gold
Tracks: "The First Noel" (Clay Aiken) - "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (Ruben Studdard & Tamyra Gray) - "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" (Ensemble) - "Silent Night" (Tamyra Gray) - "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" (Ensemble) - "Christmas Song" (Kimberly Locke) - "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (Justin Guarini) - "Winter Wonderland" (Christina Christian) - "This Christmas" (Ruben Studdard) - "Oh Holy Night" (Kelly Clarkson) - "My Grown-Up Christmas" (Kelly Clarkson)
American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics
Released: April, 2004
Tracks: "Chain Of Fools" (Fantasia Barrino) - "Me And Mrs. Jones" (George Huff) - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (Diana DeGarmo) - "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (LaToya Jackson) - "Neither One Of Us" (Jennifer Hudson) - "You Make Me Feel Brand New" (Amy Adams) - "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" (Matt Rogers) - "Midnight Train To Georgia" (Jasmine Trias) - "My Girl" (John Peter Lewis) - "Until You Come Back To Me" (Camile Velasco) - "Betcha By Golly, Wow" (Leah Labelle) - "You Are Everything" (John Stevens) - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Ensemble)
American Idol Finalists - The Showstoppers American Idol Season 4: The Showstoppers
Released: May, 2005
Tracks: "Independence Day" (Carrie Underwood) - "I Don't Want To Be" (Bo Bice) - "Best Of My Love" (Vonzell Solomon) - "A House Is Not A Home" (Anwar Robinson) - "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" (Nadia Turner) - "Part-Time Lover" (Nikko Smith) - "My Funny Valentine" (Constantine Maroulis) - "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" (Jessica Sierra) - "Everytime You Go Away" (Anthony Federov) - "Against All Odds" (Scott Soval) - "Knock On Wood" (Lindsey Cardinale) - "God Bless The Child" (Mikalah Gordon) - "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Ensemble)
American Idol Season 5 Encores American Idol Season 5 Encores
Released: May, 2006
Billboard peak: # 3
Entertainment Weekly: C
Tracks: "What About Love" (Melissa McGhee) - "Superstition" (Bucky Covington) - "I'm Every Woman" (Mandisa) - "Wanted Dead Or Alive" (Chris Daughtry) - "Father Figure" (Ace Young) - "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" (Lisa Tucker) - "Walkin' After Midnight" (Kellie Pickler) - "Moody Food For Love" (Elliott Yamin) - "Think" (Katharine McPhee) - "Midnight Train To Georgia" (Paris Bennett) - "When I Fall In Love" (Kevin Covais)
 
Note: Song title and position links lead you to the song's Top 40 chart run (from the ARC Weekly Top 40) and LP links take you to Amazon.com's page for that LP (often including track listings and sound samples).
 
 

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