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Billboard Awards to honor Whitney Houston

Billboard Awards to honor Whitney Houston

LAS VEGAS, May 15 (UPI) -- Jordin Sparks and John Legend are to perform a tribute to late pop icon Whitney Houston at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards show in Las Vegas, ABC said Tuesday.
Jordin Sparks misses co-star Houston

Jordin Sparks misses co-star Houston

DETROIT, May 6 (UPI) -- Jordin Sparks says she'll have a lump in her throat when she sees the final cut of "Sparkle," the movie she made with late U.S. recording star Whitney Houston.

Houston approached as 'X Factor' judge

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Singer Whitney Houston has been approached to take a spot as one of the judges on reality music show "The X Factor," The Hollywood Reporter says.
Jordin Sparks starring in 'In The Heights'

Jordin Sparks starring in 'In The Heights'

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Season 6 "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks is starring as "Nina" in Broadway's "In The Heights" for a limited engagement.
Jordin Sparks announces U.S. concert tour

Jordin Sparks announces U.S. concert tour

LOS ANGELES, May 10 (UPI) -- "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks has announced plans to start a summer concert tour next month.
Sparks to appear in milk mustache campaign

Sparks to appear in milk mustache campaign

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. pop singer Jordin Sparks will be seen sporting a milk mustache and urging teens to drink milk in the latest "got milk?" campaign, organizers said.
Stevie Wonder to perform in 'Divas' show

Stevie Wonder to perform in 'Divas' show

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- India.Arie, Stevie Wonder and The Rickey Minor Band have been added to the roster for the "VH1 Divas" concert in New York, VH1 said.
Paula Abdul named 'VH1 Divas' host

Paula Abdul named 'VH1 Divas' host

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. singer and television personality Paula Abdul has signed on as host of next month's star-studded "VH1 Divas" concert in New York, the network announced.

Singer Sparks joining Spears's Circus tour

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Jordin Sparks will be part of the second leg of fellow U.S. pop star Britney Spears's Circus tour, a post on Spears's blog confirmed.
'Again' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

'Again' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- Demi Lovato's "Here We Go Again" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Sparks to release 2nd CD in July

Sparks to release 2nd CD in July

NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. recording artist Jordin Sparks is set to release her second album "Battlefield" July 21, Jive Records announced.
Sparks to debut new single on 'Idol'

Sparks to debut new single on 'Idol'

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- Singer Jordin Sparks is set to premiere her new track, "Battlefield," on TV's "American Idol," her U.S. record label said Tuesday.

'American Idol' finalist Glocksen weds

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Gina Glocksen, a finalist on "American Idol" and host of the reality show "American Idol Extra," married in a New Year's Eve ceremony.
Sparks speaks up for Jonas Bros at VMAs

Sparks speaks up for Jonas Bros at VMAs

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Singer Jordin Sparks defended the Jonas Brothers at the MTV Video Music Awards from the event's host who mocked their vow to not have sex until married.
'Lollipop' is No. 1 record for fifth week

'Lollipop' is No. 1 record for fifth week

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" featuring Static Major is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a fifth week, Billboard.com said Thursday.
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Jordin Sparks attends the premiere of the film "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experiece" in Los Angeles on February 24, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)
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Jordin Brianna Sparks (born December 22, 1989) is an American pop and R&B recording artist, songwriter and occasional actress from Glendale, Arizona who rose to fame as the winner of the sixth season of American Idol. Sparks won when she was 17 years old, making her the youngest winner. She followed her American Idol victory with the release of her self-titled debut album in 2007, which has gone platinum and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Sparks' second single, "No Air", which features Chris Brown, is the song with the most paid downloads by any American Idol contestant, selling about 4 million digital copies worldwide. Due to the success of her debut album and its four top 20 singles, she has won an American Music Award in 2008 and received her first Grammy nomination in 2009.

Sparks' sophomore album Battlefield was released in July 2009 worldwide and debuted at #7 in the US, three spots higher than her first album. The album's lead single, also titled "Battlefield", peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold more than a million copies thus far. Sparks has sold about 9 million singles worldwide to date. Sparks' first five singles all peaked in the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, three of them peaking in the top 10. Battlefield's second single, "S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)", was her first song to top the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play making it her first U.S. number one single.

Sparks was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Jodi Weidmann-Sparks and former NFL defensive back Phillippi Sparks. Her mother is White and her father is Black. She has a younger brother, Phillippi "PJ" Sparks, Jr., who plays football. She grew up in the suburb of Roseland, New Jersey while her father played for the New York Giants. She attended Noecker Elementary in Roseland for three years. After living in New Jersey, Sparks attended Northwest Community Christian School in Phoenix through the eighth grade. Sparks attended Sandra Day O'Connor High School until 2006, when she was homeschooled to better concentrate on her singing.

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