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Historically, American Idol has had trouble producing American idols. The pioneering series was a ratings juggernaut and cultural phenomenon, but you can finish rattling off the number of superstar music careers launched by Ryan Seacrest and friends before you run out of fingers. There’s a case to be made that the show paved the way… More »

“Broke,” the last song teased from Jason Derulo’s new Everything Is 4 before the album’s release this week, both encapsulates and subverts the approach that has made Derulo one of pop radio’s most unavoidable sub-superstars. Ever since the former industry songwriter broke through as a solo artist with 2009’s Imogen Heap-sampling #1 smash “Whatcha Say,”… More »

Last year, during this column’s infancy, I expressed what by then had become conventional wisdom: American Idol is washed up. My primary evidence was subjective — season 13 winner Candice Glover was releasing her debut album, and up until then I had never heard of her, a failure of cultural saturation that never would have… More »

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Miss Independent & Mike Watt

We scoffed at the first reports of this odd couple, but sure enough, ex-Minuteman and now Stooge Mike Watt is laying bass down on the…
Stereogum | November 21, 2006 - 9:51 am

Clay Aiken Covers Mr. Mister

Speaking of the ’80s, can someone punch Clay Aiken in the throat for what he’s done to our favorite Mr. Mister song? Listen to “Broke…
Scott Lapatine | September 12, 2006 - 12:35 pm

Justin Timberlake Vs. American Idol

JT tells Vanity Fair’s Fashion Rocks supplement that Taylor Hicks is not the shit. ?People think he looks so normal, and he?s so sweet and…
Scott Lapatine | August 16, 2006 - 1:05 pm

Six Degrees Of Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

I think Steely Dan has gotten more press for their cheeky letter to Luke Wilson than they did for Two Against Nature. I saw it…
Scott Lapatine | July 26, 2006 - 3:39 pm

David Spade Trains For American Idol

With a little help from Anthony Kiedis.
Scott Lapatine | July 5, 2006 - 12:36 pm

OMG! Will Chris Daughtry Join Fuel?

I’ve already admitted I don’t watch American Idol, so I missed contestant Chris Daughtry’s supposedly SHOCKING boot from the competition. But I do find today’…
Scott Lapatine | May 12, 2006 - 7:05 pm

American Idol — The Fun, Sucky Part — Returns

American Idol Season 327 premiered tonight, and you know what that means: that possibility of seeing the next William Hung. Not many worthy candidates i…
Scott Lapatine | January 17, 2006 - 10:30 pm

America’s Sweetheart

I don’t watch American Idol (shocker!) but I assume some of you do, so here’s your forum. Reader Ed writes in… Did you see the…
Stereogum | May 26, 2005 - 12:46 pm

Paulatics (And Steve Perry Hearts Ben Gibbard)

Did you see ABC’s Fallen Idol special? It had JAW-DROPPING reveleations about one of the judges of Americal Idol. … Randy Jackson played bass o…
Stereogum | May 5, 2005 - 9:08 am

Chris Wylde, False Idol

Did you catch this guy on American Idol last night? He performed a clever rap, Simon rolled his eyes, and we were on to…
Stereogum | February 3, 2005 - 9:21 am

“All My Friends Told Me I Was An Awesome Singer”

She feels the earth move and hears voices in her head, but Mary Roach is not the next American Idol. Watch here. Contains Mark McGrath.
Stereogum | January 28, 2005 - 8:59 am

The Second To Last Post About William Hung

I’m loathe to devote any more of this site to the William Hung mania. However, these are just a few of the Googling search time…
Stereogum | April 4, 2004 - 2:10 pm

You’re Ruining My Life

American Idol wannabe Donnie Williams was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk Monday after he allegedly raced by a marked police car at over 100…
Stereogum | February 25, 2004 - 12:58 pm

Last Night’s American Idol

Wasn’t it sweet how they let a retarded kid audition? Really, it warms the heart. UPDATE: Yes, I realize William Hung is not developmentally…
Stereogum | January 28, 2004 - 5:03 pm

Who Are These Zealous Clay Fans? Can We Neuter Them Too?

The Daily News reports that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has hit a brick wall with a provocative new ad – ostensibly against…
Stereogum | November 18, 2003 - 11:37 am
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