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'American Idol' roundup: New music from Kris Allen, Jordin Sparks, Haley Reinhart, and more!

Yes, a new season of American Idol is just kicking into high gear — but Idol obsessives have ten other seasons worth of contestants to follow, too.

Below, check out a few musical updates from some noteworthy contestants of Idol seasons past.

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Adam Lambert lawsuit settled; his early recordings will be released

Adam-Lambert

Fans looking forward to Adam Lambert’s forthcoming album Trespassing might have even more to look forward to (and we’re not just talking about Queen shows).

Thanks to a newly settled lawsuit, Colwel Platinum Entertainment has won the right to release the American Idol runner-up’s pre-Idol album Beg for Mercy – with or without Lambert’s approval.

The company claimed that Lambert made a false claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in order to have Amazon.com take the album off its digital shelves. But after taking the matter to court, Colwel prevailed; according to a new statement from the group:

“The Colwel Platinum Entertainment lawsuit against Adam Lambert has been resolved. Adam has withdrawn any objections to the release of Beg For Mercy and he has approved the use of his songs and performances in these pre-Idol recordings which are interpretations of his artistic vision at the time. Neither Colwel Platinum Entertainment, Inc. nor Malcolm Welsford ever stated that Adam was not eligible to participate in American Idol when he did so and regret that the lawsuit’s allegations were misinterpreted.”

So, there you have it: more Adam Lambert for all.

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TV Jukebox: 'American Idol,' 'Smash,' 'Cougar Town,' and more music-on-TV moments

Rainy days and Mondays may have gotten Karen Carpenter down, but the rain washes away old heartbreaks for at least a couple of our favorite characters in this latest TV Jukebox.

A pathetic fallacy of a rainstorm made for a new lease on love in this week’s How I Met Your Mother, and a downpour was key to an impromptu proposal on Parenthood — though, thankfully, not on Cougar Town; otherwise they’d still be cleaning up the wet toilet paper!

Elsewhere, crazy dreams came true on Smash and American Idol, paint went splat for science’s sake on CSI, and sexytimes abounded on Nikita and Being Human. That’s without mentioning the “show tunes” from Glee, House of Lies, Private Practice, Body of ProofFringeand Hart of Dixie. Click through to see our picks. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' alum Haley Reinhart performs debut single 'Free' on stage: Watch the video here!

Idol junkies, the time has finally come!

Haley Reinhart, that jazzy flower child, that little growler who could, that scatting singer who stepped onto the American Idol stage in Season 10 and miraculously survived near-constant critiques from J.Lo and Randy to eke out a third place finish, has debuted her first post-Idol single, “Free,” live on stage, and you know you want to give it a listen.

While performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles yesterday at at the 104.3 MYfm New Music Night, Ms. Reinhart, who scored a contract with Interscope soon after Idol wrapped, gifted audiences with an acoustic version of first-ever single, which is set to be officially released in March. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Jack and White debut new song 'Night After Night': Hear it here! -- EXCLUSIVE

Jack-and-White

A lot has happened in the five months since we first debuted Jack and White, the folksy-pop duo composed of American Idol alum Brooke White and singer-songwriter Jack Mantranga, here on the Music Mix.

They released their debut EP, Gemini, on Aug. 30, shot a retro video for “Double Trouble,” toured throughout Southern California, and Brooke recently announced (via video!) that she is pregnant with her first child.

But all that activity hasn’t stopped the sunny duo from recording new music. Today, Jack and White are releasing their second EP, Winter, and we’ve got an exclusive listen to the first track, “Night After Night,” an atmospheric “California country”-tinged lament. Check out the tune, which has Jack taking on lead vocals on the verses, below: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' alum Stefano Langone signed to Hollywood Records

Has there ever been a season of American Idol that has resulted in more record deals than Season 10?

Earlier this week, sixth-place finisher Casey Abrams nabbed a deal with Concord Records, becoming the sixth Season 10 alum to score a recording contract. And now, just a few days later, seventh-place finisher Stefano Langone has become the seventh Season 10 alum to get signed. Not too shabby!

Langone, who is being managed by 19 Entertainment, will join Hollywood Records, the same label as acts such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Jesse McCartney. The singer posted this video to his Twitter account to celebrate. (Heads up: it’s a little more lo-fi than Abrams’ music video!)

So to recap: Out of Season 10′s top nine contestants, seven (Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Pia Toscano, Abrams, and Langone) have gotten recording contracts, one (Paul McDonald) is making sweet music with Twilight‘s Nikki Reed, and one (Jacob Lusk) is presumably still forcing his “lusky stank” wherever he’s allowed.

Are you excited for Stefano? (We bet alleged girlfriend Haley Reinhart is!) Do you think he’ll be able to launch a successful career?

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'American Idol' alum Casey Abrams gets a record deal: Watch his celebratory music video here

In case you haven’t been keeping track, a whole slew of record deals have come out of American Idol season 10.

Winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina both scored contracts and currently have albums on the chart (in fact, McCreery’s Clear As Day was awarded platinum certification yesterday), as does fourth-place finalist James Durbin.

Haley Reinhart, who finished in third, is currently working on her debut with Interscope, Pia Toscano, despite a ninth-place rank, scored a contract as well, and Stefano Langone (who’s apparently dating Ms. Reinhart) signed a management deal with 19 Entertainment.

But a record deal has continually evaded one of season 10′s buzziest (and most talented) contestants: Casey Abrams. Well, all that changed yesterday: EW has confirmed that Abrams is now signed with Concord Records, the jazz label that is also home to Esperanza Spalding, Carole King, and Kenny G.

Casey, who growled, scatted, and plucked his upright bass to a sixth-place finish, was clearly excited (and a little nervous) about the news, so he made a video to express himself.

Check out the totally delightful clip below: READ FULL STORY

David Archuleta to serve Mormon mission

American Idol runner-up David Archuleta will take a break from his singing career to serve a two-year proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The contestant from the 2007-2008 season made the announcement during a Christmas concert Monday in downtown Salt Lake City, according to the Deseret News. The 20-year-old Miami native, who grew up in Murray, Utah, said he’s not quitting music, but feels a strong call to serve the church. READ FULL STORY

Kris Allen talks to EW about working on his second album: What does he need to prove this time around?

EW caught up with American Idol season 8 winner Kris Allen on the Trevor Live red carpet this weekend, and the singer told us that he is hard at work on his second album, a follow-up to his 2009 self-titled release.

“We’ve moved past the writing process mostly and have moved onto the recording portion,” Allen says. “I’ve been working a lot with Tim Pagnotta, who produced and wrote some of the last Neon Trees album.”

The singer says that he’s particularly excited about a new track called “Out Alive,” which he believes “has possible single potential,” though it’s too soon to tell.

Allen has a quite a bit to prove with his sophomore post-Idol record. The charming but decidedly low-key songster’s debut sold about 329,000 copies (less than half of season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment), and it only spawned one real hit: the Script cover “Live Like We’re Dying.” (Although, if you ask me, his reggae-tinged Idol coronation song could have been pretty popular if they’d actually released it as a single.)

Other Idol winners who have earned lackluster sales — like Lee DeWyze, Ruben Studdard, and Taylor Hicks — have been unceremoniously dropped from their labels, but RCA/Jive must see something in Allen to give him this second chance. Recording a full album is not a cheap affair, but I do have to wonder whether Allen’s sales will justify the financial commitment.

What do you think? Has the buzz around Kris Allen worn off, or are you still excited about the onetime champ? What do you want to hear on his new album? And will he ever be able to achieve sales on the level of say, fellow Idol Scotty McCreery?

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'American Idol' roundup: See new videos from Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Anoop Desai, and Daughtry!

If you, like me, are an American Idol junkie and love to follow the careers of former contestants to see who has the grit to make it in a cruel post-Idol world, November has been a fun month.

Not only have Season 10 non-winners Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams, and James Durbin (affectionately referred to as “The Durbs” by EW’s Dalton Ross) all released new music videos, but fellow contestant Paul McDonald recorded a surprisingly un-Twilight duet with his wife Nikki Reed, and older faces like Anoop Desai, Didi Benami, and Chris Daughtry have given us new music as well.

Below, check out Haley and Casey’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” duet, which they recently told me “reminds you of the fireplace,” James Durbin’s fiery video for debut single, “Love Me Bad,” Anoop Desai’s sad but pretty “Want Your Love,” Daughtry’s live concert video of hard-rocking “Renegade,” and a quick preview of  dismissed-too-soon Didi Benami’s new project with singer-songwriter Keaton Simons. READ FULL STORY

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