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Can Kris Allen Come Through With A Commercial Success?

3/17/2016 7:00pm EDT
Commercial Success Hasn’t Come Easy For Kris Allen
Unfortunately for former American Idol victor Kris Allen, not all commercial success fueled by the once juggernaut of singing reality competitions is created equal. Allen pulled off the upset when he beat ‘assumed’ American Idol frontrunner, Adam Lambert. As many who disputed the results of the show thought, Lambert would outperform all of Allen’s albums, including scoring a no. 1 album with Trespassing. As for Kris Allen, he’d miss the top 10 of the Billboard 200 altogether: Kris Allen (no. 11), Thank You Camellia (no. 26) and Horizons (no. 80).

So why did Kris Allen fail to become a vi...

Uplifting Songs That Give You Chills

1/24/2016 11:00am EST
12 Uplifting Songs That Give You Chills
There’s nothing like a great song to bring you up when you’re feeling down. Regardless whether you’re feeling low or not, a truly distinguished song or musical performance can definitely give chills and further elevate one’s spirit. Throughout musical history, there have been plenty of songs whose M.O. is encouragement, empowerment, and inspiration. This humble list couldn't possibly capture them all (think how long that would take), but here are 12 uplifting songs sure to give you chills.

1) Mariah Carey featuring Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day” (Daydream, 2015)

Neither Mariah Carey nor ...

Fantasia Barrino Got Married Over The Weekend

7/20/2015 3:28pm EDT
'American Idol' Winner Fantasia Barrino Gets Married: 'God Made
'American Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino got married this weekend, and she can't stop gushing about her new husband.

Barrino, 31, shared multiple photos of her wedding to Kendall Taylor on her Instagram on Sunday.

"This Man... God made him just for Me and me just For Him," she wrote on one of the photos. "Be Happy with me you guys cause I've been thru SOOOOO much. Some stuff was my wrong decisions but all I ever really wanted was this... Real Love. This Man and this smile is real."

Taylor reportedly proposed to Barrino, who won 'Idol' in 2004, last November.

As seen by the various photos...

Do You Remember These 'Idol' Hit Songs?

5/13/2015 5:03pm EDT
10 Of The Biggest Hits From 'American Idol' Contestants
Say it ain’t so! The popular singing competition, ‘American Idol,’ will be ending after its 15th season in 2016, and honestly, it’s a little hard to believe. Since its inception in 2002, American Idol has been a staple in not only reality shows, but pop music as a whole, and it’s just not going to be the same once it’s gone.

This is no time for sadness, though -- it isn’t gone just yet. So, in the meantime, we should celebrate some of the biggest hits that have spawned from the show’s contestants. There’s been a lot of them, and they’re all fantastic for a ton of different reasons.


American Idols, Where Are They Now?

4/10/2014 9:00pm EDT
kelly clarkson
Once known as the show that could instantly make you a star, "American Idol" has suffered lackluster ratings and has had as many "Idols" fail as succeed. Still, the winners that America voted for have not always stayed within the realm of music, some have spread their wings to the acting world as well. Some of the more popular winners are still in the spotlight, some have faded into obscurity, Here is the latest on what many of your favorite "American Idol" winners have been up to since winning.

Kelly Clarkson

Season 1

Undoubtedly the most popular and best-known of all the "American Idol...

Fashion Fails: Paris Hilton, Madonna, Pharrell, More

2/1/2014 3:03pm EST
Paris Hilton
It's Fashion Fail Time! That means we take a break from letting you know how good all of your favorite stars look to show the other side of fashion: the fails!

Of course the looks from last Sunday's Grammy Awards are going to dominate this week's fails. First we have Paris Hilton, who ruined a beautiful white gown by adding faux-nude panels. Now it just looks tacky.

Madonna tried her best Colonel Sanders impression during the Grammys. Beautiful song, sure, but her outfit was ugly. Her red carpet look wasn't much better.

Someone loved Pharrell's hat enough to create a twitter acco...

25 Best R&B Albums Of 2013

12/27/2013 6:30pm EST
It truly saddens me to see R&B, a personal favorite style of music, in a state of uncertainty.  2013 found the numbers of R&B down considerably, a trend that is consistent year in and year out. Save for a select few commercial bright spots (led by an unexpected Beyoncé album), R&B only dented the charts. Even so, finding 25 albums with some significance wasn’t difficult to do.  Sure, some of the lowest ranked albums have their flaws, but each has some reason for being selected.  Enjoy!

1) Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
Bad Boy

In a world where R&B and soul music have cooled off consid...

Will R&B Ever Recover From Sales Inconsistencies?

9/10/2013 7:30pm EDT
John Legend
On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, I felt reassured about the output of R&B music.  As perused the CD aisle at the local Best Buy, I felt excited to see the majority of new releases were R&B (Neko Case and Nine Inch Nails among exemptions).  That observation should be shocking in itself.  This included established artists like John Legend, Jaheim, and Raheem DeVaughn, as well as rising artists in Tamar Braxton (a ‘reintroduction’ you might say) and Ariana Grande (a pop/R&B blend).  From my perspective, being an R&B lover who’s at his best singing along with a slow jam, I was happy to see such a...

'The Butler' NYC Premiere Pics: Mariah Carey With A Studded Sling, Oprah With Big Hair & More!

8/6/2013 4:00pm EDT
Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
Several stars stepped out for "Lee Daniels' The Butler" New York City premiere on Monday at the Ziegfeld Theatre.

Mariah Carey, who is still recovering from shoulder injury, showed up in a black dress with a fancy leather studded sling. She was accompanied by her husband and "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon.

Oprah Winfrey wore a pink beaded dress and let her hair go au naturale. She appears on the September cover of her O magazine wearing a huge Afro wig that weighed an astonishing 3 to 5 pounds, according to the Huffington Post.

She attended the premiere with her longtime boyfrie...

Fantasia Barrino Loses North Carolina Mansion After Failing To Pay For It

4/29/2013 11:07am EDT
Fantasia Barrino
After defaulting on her mortgage payments, singer Fantasia Barrino has given up her luxury home in North Carolina.
Over the last few years, the former "American Idol" star has dealt with money problems and came close to losing her house in 2009. In 2012, the property was put on the market, but she has been unable to sell it.
Barrino prevented foreclosure by signing the property deeds straight over to bank bosses, according to The paperwork was completed in February.

Fantasia Barrino Sets The Record Straight On Her Love For Her LGBT Supporters And Their Rights

1/7/2013 7:51pm EST
Fantasia Barrino
Starpulse caught up with singer/actress Fantasia Barrino for a one on one interview to address her recent gay marriage controversy and to set the record straight. While we had Fantasia’s ear, we got the inside scoop on her new single, her dream duet partner and future plans.

Starpulse: Fantasia, tell us what you have been up to?

Fantasia: Lately I have been wrapping up my 4th studio album; which includes putting the finishing touches on songs, getting ready for photo shoots etc. Also, I’m at work being a full time mother of two, in addition to performing in concert!

Speaking of your upc...

Mariah Carey Shows Off Her Curves At BMI Urban Awards - See Who Won!

9/8/2012 9:30am EDT
Mariah carey
New "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey showed off her curvy figure at Friday night's BMI Urban Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The songstress was named BMI Icon for her "indelible influence on generations of music makers." Several stars sang Carey's hit songs, including Karen Clark Sheard, who sang "Anytime You Need a Friend," Eric Benet ("One Sweet Day") and Fantasia Barrino, who performed "Hero."

Carey later thanked the performers "for doing something so beautiful with the songs I wrote,'' adding, "I'm so humbled by this moment because a lot of people still don't know I write my own son...

'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: A Note-by-Note Account of Phillip Phillps' Big Win

5/24/2012 11:07am EDT
Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez
Welcome to the American Idol finale Mega-Diary! Our annual blow-by-blow recap of what used to be the third-biggest night in television and is now somewhere between the 14th Monday Night Football game and the 15th Monday Night Football game.

But no bother! We’ll press on. And here’s a prediction before the show even starts: The contestants will start singing a song and mid-way through they’ll introduce the original artist to join them onstage. Sorry if I just ruined the show for you.

8:03 – What more could I want to start off the finale than my favorite contestant from this year, Heejun Ha...

Fantasia Barrino Welcomes Baby Boy Dallas

12/14/2011 9:03am EST
Fantasia Barrino
Singer Fantasia Barrino is a new mom - the "American Idol" star gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday.

Dallas Xavier Barrino was born two weeks ahead of schedule in North Carolina.

The proud mom tells, "I feel so blessed that my son Dallas Xavier was born healthy, and is a wonderful new addition to our family. I thank all my fans for their well wishes and continued support."

The father is believed to be former college basketball star Antwaun Cook.

Barrino has a 10-year-old daughter, called Zion, from a previous relationship.

Fantasia Barrino Sued Over Bank Debt

8/7/2011 5:30pm EDT
Fantasia Barrino
Former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino is facing legal action over an allegedly unpaid bank debt.

The singer, who recently announced she is expecting her second child, has been hit with a $25,000 lawsuit filed by debt collectors on behalf of a U.S. bank, according to

The website reports the lawsuit is demanding a payment of $25,057.02 plus 10 per cent interest per year dating back to 2009.

Barrino has previously suffered financial difficulties and nearly lost her North Carolina home to foreclosure back in 2009, striking a deal to retain the property just days before it ...

Fantasia Barrino Announces She Is Pregnant

8/1/2011 8:42am EDT
Fantasia Barrino
Former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino is overjoyed after announcing she is pregnant.

The Grammy-winning singer broke her baby joy news to fans during a charity performance in Florida on Sunday.

She beamed, "For a while I walked around figuring out what will they say and what will they think about me. But now I tell you I don't live my life for folk. This child that I am carrying... God has given me this child. And I don't have to hide it from none of y'all."

It's not yet known who the father is, but Barrino also has a nine-year old daughter, Zion Quari.

'American Idol' Recap: Was This The Most Boring Finale Ever?

5/25/2011 9:35am EDT
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery
The most boring finalists ever. That seemed to be the conventional wisdom going into the evening. That, despite a strong start, this season of ‘Idol’ was destined to fall into oblivion with two dull finalists that wouldn’t be able to deliver the finale this Renaissance season deserved.

Yes, that might be true. It may have been more interesting to see James square off against Pia or Jacob take on Haley, but that doesn’t necessarily mean this is the most boring collection of contestants ever, does it?

Here’s a ranking of finale pairings from least boring to most boring:

9 (Least Boring): S...

Fantasia Barrino Boycotted Grammys Over Aretha Franklin Snub

2/17/2011 10:46pm EST
Fantasia Barrino
Singer Fantasia Barrino boycotted the Grammy Awards on Sunday because she wasn't asked to be part of the Aretha Franklin tribute that opened the show.

The former American Idol winner won her first Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance but wasn't there to pick up the honor.

Barrino called in to BET's 106 & Park show on Monday to explain her reasons for staying away from music's big night.

She said, "They were honoring someone who is my idol, Aretha Franklin, and there is no way I could have sat there and not got the happy feet and wanting to jump on the mic because she is my favorite, ...

'Ladys' Night at the Grammys as Lady Antebellum & Lady Gaga win big (Full List of Grammy Winners)

2/14/2011 12:31am EST
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga were the toast of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after picking up nine awards between them.

Country trio Lady Antebellum claimed five accolades for their single and album "Need You Now," including Record and Song of the Year, while Gaga scored wins for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for "Bad Romance" and Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Album for "The Fame Monster."

But the surprise of the night came right at the end of the ceremony when indie darlings Arcade Fire picked up Album of the Year honors for "Th...

Fantasia Barrino Had An Abortion Before Suicide Attempt

11/23/2010 10:04pm EST
Fantasia Barrino
Troubled singer Fantasia Barrino has stunned fans by confessing she aborted her married lover's baby before attempting suicide in August.

The former "American Idol" winner survived a drug overdose and shocked fans by revealing the scare wasn't an accident - she meant to take her own life.

And now, the R&B star has revealed she aborted boyfriend Antwaun Cook's baby in the weeks leading up to her suicide.

Barrino was in court in North Carolina on Monday facing charges from Cook's wife Paula that she was responsible for the breakdown of her marriage.

The singer testified that not only did ...

Fantasia Barrino Admits She Was Pregnant By Married Lover

11/23/2010 1:55pm EST
22nd Annual Thurgood Marshall
The saga continues with Fantasia Barrino's cheating scandal. The American Idol has now admitted that she was pregnant by her married lover Antwaun Cook, and had an abortion around the same time of her failed suicide attempt.

The singer made the shocking confession in a North Carolina court on Monday during Cook’s divorce proceeding with his ex-wife Paula, reports

At the proceeding, the reality star was pressed and questioned about whether she knew Cook was still living with his wife during their affair. Fantasia acknowledged that she dated Cook “off and on for about 11 mo...

Fantasia Barrino To Tour Three Months Following Suicide Attempt

9/29/2010 8:23am EDT
Troubled singer Fantasia Barrino will hit the road for a tour in November - three months after her failed suicide attempt.

The former "American Idol" star survived a drug overdose on August 9 and later shocked fans by revealing the scare wasn't an accident and she meant to take her own life.

Barrino was quick to move forward with her music career; she took the first step toward putting the incident behind her with a Las Vegas concert on August 27 - her first performance after the suicide attempt - and the singer is pushing through her personal struggles by diving back into work.

Barrino ...

Poplopedia: 'Fantasia For Real' Season Premiere Recap

9/20/2010 11:30am EDT
Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia Barrino returns to VH1 for the second season of her reality show "Fantasia For Real." The season premiere episode reunited viewers with the singer’s quirky family and presented a brand new course of drama with a side of tears.

Though most of us are tuning in to watch and hear her folks discuss the bright pink elephant in the room, Fantasia is looking to keep her lips sealed about her situation.

Here are some Poplopedia notes from last night’s premiere.

- At the very start of the episode, Fantasia reveals some good news. Her family is no longer freeloading off of her, have moved ...

Talk Show Host Makes Fantasia Barrino Cry

9/11/2010 11:30am EDT
Troubled singer Fantasia Barrino broke down in tears on TV on Friday when she was quizzed by chat show host Wendy Williams about her recent suicide attempt.

Barrino was taken to hospital last month after overdosing on sleeping pills and aspirin and she has since revealed the attempt was no accident - she wanted to die.

The drama prompted hardcore gossip queen Williams to ask the former American Idol star if she thought about her daughter before deciding to take her life.

The pertinent question prompted her chat show guest to burst into tears.

Through the sobs, she said, "At the time I w...

Fantasia Barrino Returns To The Stage

8/30/2010 8:10am EDT
Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia Barrino returned to the stage on Friday night three weeks after her failed suicide attempt.

The former American Idol star survived a drug overdose earlier this month and later shocked fans by insisting the scare wasn't an accident and she meant to take her own life.

Barrino recently declared she wanted to put the incident behind her and move forward with her music career - and she took the first step on Friday night by taking the stage in Las Vegas to perform for the first time since her hospitalization.

During her show at Rain nightclub, the singer told the crowd, "They thou...

Fantasia Barrino Backs Village People Star's Idol Bid

8/29/2010 9:00am EDT
Fantasia Barrino has pledged to support former Village People co-founder and star Victor Willis in his bid to become an American Idol judge.

Willis has met with show producers and admits he's keen to join Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler on the new season of the talent search, which Barrino won in 2004.

And after backing the Y.M.C.A. hitmaker online, Barrino agreed to meet Willis face to face over dinner in Culver City, California.

The two stars met for the first time on Wednesday night, when Willis told Fantasia he was still in secret talks to take over the vacant Idol judge's chair.


Fantasia Barrino Upset About Her Father's Rape Reaction

8/25/2010 5:00pm EDT
Fantasia Barrino
Singer Fantasia Barrino's father has stunned the star's fans by going public with his thoughts about his daughter's teen rape ordeal.

The Baby Mama singer was assaulted in her school auditorium by a fellow student she has never named and admits the experience initially left her numb. In a candid new interview filmed for VH1 documentary series Behind the Music, Barrino recalled, "I didn't even cry on my way home; I was numb... (I was) confused. I just felt nasty, disgusting."

Her mother, Diane, offered her distressed daughter a shoulder to cry on - but her father split the family with hi...

Fantasia Barrino Says Troubled Love Life Didn't Lead To Suicide Attempt (Video)

8/24/2010 12:07pm EDT
Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia Barrino fought back tears during a TV interview on Tuesday as she recalled her recent suicide attempt, and blamed intense public scrutiny for driving her into a deep depression.

The former "American Idol" star survived a drug overdose earlier this month and later shocked fans by declaring the scare wasn't an accident, insisting, "I knew exactly what I was doing."

Barrino's suicide attempt is rumored to have been fueled by her troubled love life, which saw her caught up in divorce proceedings between North Carolina couple Antwaun Cook and his estranged wife Paula.

On Tuesday, the...

Fantasia Barrino Says Suicide Attempt Was A Way Out

8/23/2010 11:35am EDT
R&B singer Fantasia Barrino has denied speculation her suicide attempt was a cry for help, insisting: "I wanted out."

The "American Idol" star was hospitalized for a drug overdose earlier this month after she became caught up in divorce proceedings between North Carolina couple Antwaun Cook and his estranged wife Paula.

She had swallowed a mixture of aspirin and sleeping pills but survived the scare, and has now spoken out to insist the incident was not an accident and that she was determined to end her life.

Barrino tells music channel VH1, "I didn't have any fight in me. I didn't care ...

Fantasia Barrino's Song About Another Woman's Man Is 'Leaked' Online

8/18/2010 8:53am EDT
Singer Fantasia Barrino's troubles continue to pile up - a new tune has been leaked to the internet just a week after the former "American Idol" winner was hospitalized following an overdose.

It's already been a tough month for the star, who has also been named in divorce proceedings between North Carolina couple Antwuan and Paula Cook.

The angry ex called the singer a "home wrecker" in her divorce suit and went public with her plans to sue her love rival.

The controversy landed a stressed Barrino, who has confessed to dating Cook, in hospital.

And now a leaked new song, titled "Lucky,"...