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'American Idol' roundup: Phillip Phillips releases song previews, Jessica Sanchez goes 'Glee,' and 'Skyfall' gets a killer cover by... Syesha?

Over the past 11 years American Idol has played host to 133 different finalists vying for a shot at belting out a coronation anthem at the Nokia. As such, keeping track of all the goings-on of American Idol alumni can be a daunting task — but hey, that’s what we’re here for!

Here’s what’s going on with your favorite American Idol stars:

PHILLIP PHILLIPS: The reigning champ’s album, The World From the Side of the Moon, won’t be available until Nov. 19, but 90-second previews of all the album’s songs have surfaced on iTunes. Though many of them reflect Phillips’ personal style while on Idol, there are more than a few that resemble his double-platinum smash “Home.” Come back to EW for a review of the disc later this week, but in the meantime, check out these snippets below. (“Gone, Gone, Gone” is my personal fave.) READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' roundup: Kelly Clarkson's latest goes platinum, Kris Allen splits with RCA

Over the past 11 years American Idol has played host to 133 different finalists vying for a shot at belting out a coronation anthem at the Nokia.

As such, keeping track of all the goings-on of American Idol alumni can be a daunting task — but hey, it’s a whole lot more fun than speculating about the judging panel lineup.

Here’s what’s going on with your favorite American Idol stars:

KELLY CLARKSON: The best news of the week is for the original Idol, whose fifth album Stronger was certified platinum for shipments of 1 million copies. Driven by the success of “Mr. Know It All” and the album’s smash hit title track — not to mention Clarkson’s always-viral concert covers (Watch some HERE and HERE) — Stronger reached a sales level that Clarkson couldn’t achieve with her 2009 disc All I Ever Wanted, which included the hit “My Life Would Suck Without You” and sold just under 950,000 copies total.

While Stronger has, at this point, sold less than that (929,000 copies), it’s tally will overtake All I Ever‘s sales total in a few weeks. Not many artists can say they’re selling better in 2012 than they were in 2009, so it’s a testament to Clarkson’s widespread appeal and true talent that she’s remained a viable pop (and increasingly country) commodity. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' alum Colton Dixon signs with EMI, readies new single 'You Are'

UPDATE: “You Are” will hit radio on October 19. Colton’s album will drop in Feburary 2013.

ORIGINALLY: He may have come in seventh place during Season 11 of American Idol, but angsty belter Colton Dixon has nabbed a record deal — and his disc could even hit stores well before the reported January release of Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ debut album.

Dixon announced today on his YouTube channel that he has signed with EMI/CMG (that’s Christian Music Group) under the Sparrow Records moniker, which is already home to fellow Idol alum, Mandisa, as well as the chart powerhouse Chris Tomlin.

Dixon’s soon-to-be released single is called “You Are,” and he describes it as a “worship song.” Though audio for the track is not yet available, Dixon has been performing an original song, “Never Gone,” on the Idols LIVE! tour, which he says will be available on iTunes Sept. 25.

The publicly (and to some viewers, too outpokenly) Christian artist, who never saw a pair of skinny jeans or combat boots he didn’t love, scored high marks with the judges for his sensitive rocker piano-infused takes on songs like Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” Paramore’s “Decode,” and Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie.” Still, after a week of competition during which Colton sang Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “September” (he later apologized to fans for not staying true to himself), he was eliminated, despite having never before appeared in the bottom 3.

Check out Colton’s announcement below: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' runner up Jessica Sanchez announces she's signed to Interscope, performs new song 'Fairytale'

American Idol runner up Jessica Sanchez, the powerhouse diva-in-training who almost got eaten by Jennifer Holliday once upon a time, made a big announcement at the iHeartRadio American Idol tour stop in New York City last night.

“After the show, I got signed to Interscope Records,” she said.

The news isn’t all that surprising. Interscope has first dibs on all the Idol kids, and Jimmy Iovine wasn’t about to let a voice like Sanchez’s out the door.

More surprising, though, was the fact that Sanchez debuted a new song called “Fairytale” for the crowd. The track has less of a sassy, urban feel than expected considering how frequently Sanchez has expressed her desire to head in that direction musically, but it is a young, bouncy pop ditty that feels about a million times more legit than her potential Idol coronation “Change Nothing.” Still, it sounds awfully generic.

Give it a listen below (videos via MJ’s Big Blog): READ FULL STORY

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