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Ke$ha to debut MTV reality series in April

Jersey Shore may have ended, but another partygoer is lending her wild life to MTV: Ke$ha.

MTV announced late Tuesday that the pop singer will debut a documentary series, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, in April. READ FULL STORY

'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

Winners of 'The Sing-Off' outsell 'The Voice' winner Javier Colon

Well, NBC, this is awkward…

Pentatonix, the awesomely futuristic winning group from Season 3 of NBC’s now-canceled a cappella singing competition The Sing-Off, which averaged about 4.5 million viewers in its last season, sold a rather impressive 18,401 copies of their debut PTX, Vol. 1 in its first week, good for 11th place on the chart, according to Hits Daily Double.

That means that Pentatonix’s online-only EP, which is being distributed via iTunes by indie label Madison Gate Records, sold almost twice as many copies as The Voice winner Javier Colon’s Universal Republic-produced Come Through For You did in its first week. Colon’s disc peaked at number 134 with anemic first-week sales of just 9,974 copies in late 2011.

Mind you, Colon’s season of The Voice, which coach Adam Levine called “the platinum standard” earlier this year in response to American Idol‘s assertion that it was the “gold standard” in the singing-competition world, averaged 10.6 million viewers and boasted a much younger demographic than The Sing-Off. NBC is bringing back The Voice for both a fall and spring season this year.

Do you have Pentatnix’s new record? (I do, and it’s absolutely terrific — even the originals!) Will The Voice‘s latest winner, Jermaine Paul, fare better than Colon? And can we all agree that criticizing Idol‘s record sales seems pretty silly when other reality competitions yield numbers like these? (For comparison’s sake, Pentatonix also outsold Season 8 Idol winner Kris Allen’s sophomore disc Thank You Camellia, which started with over 16,000 copies earlier this year. Still they didn’t come close to matching the 198,000 debut of Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day.)

More on EW.com:
‘The Sing-Off’ champs Pentatonix talk competition, their future album, and (of course) Nick Lachey’s puns

Every 'Canadian Idol' performance by Carly Rae Jepsen, compiled for your viewing pleasure

Five years before “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen became a Hot 100-topping protegé of Justin Bieber, she was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Canadian Idol hopeful with nothing but a guitar and a dream.

Jepsen made it all the way to the Final 3 during season 5 of Canadian Idol in 2007 and was the last girl standing. Although she didn’t take the crown, she did serve up 16 solo performances on the show, and although you’re probably satisfied by simply listening to “Call Me Maybe” (or one of its awesome mashups) 400 times on repeat, we figured we’d compile them all in one place just because we love you so much (and also, it’s Friday).

Jepsen fared best with classic lady pop — songs like “Torn” and “At Seventeen” showcased her breathy tone well — and although she’s less convincing on belty tunes like “Come to My Window” and “Breathe,” it’s still fun to hear pop’s current princess covering songs and singing one original on a now-defunct reality competition. Check out all the videos — except for Macy Gray’s “I Try,” which somehow hasn’t made its way onto the Internet: READ FULL STORY

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