Stars turn out for Kennedy Honors

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Leon Fleisher, Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, Steve Martin and Martin Scorsese have been recognized at the 30th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.

Petty tabbed for Super Bowl halftime show

GLENDALE, Ariz., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been tabbed to perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz.

Groban's 'Noel' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Josh Groban's holiday CD, "Noel," is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

'Idol' champ had say on her first album

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Jordin Sparks, the Arizona native who is "American Idol's" ranking champion, was happy to have input on her self-titled debut album.

American Music Awards begin in LA

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The 2007 American Music Awards show has begun in Los Angeles with comedian Jimmy Kimmel presiding over the telecast for the fourth time.

'Idol' tour fined for labor law violations

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- New York state labor officials said organizers of "American Idols Live Tour '07" violated child labor laws by letting underage teens perform without permits.

Singer Jordin Sparks signed by Jive

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Singer Jordin Sparks, who won this year's “American Idol” contest, has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records in Orlando, Fla.

Jordin Sparks new 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 23 (UPI) -- Jordin Sparks fought through tears Wednesday to sing "This Is My Now" as her first song after being declared the "American Idol" for 2007 in Los Angeles.

Navy says 'Idol' contestant can tour

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- "American Idol" contestant Phil Stacey can leave his shipmates to join his castmates on this summer's "American Idol" tour that kicks off in Florida.

'Idol' Doolittle says she did all right

HOLLYWOOD, May 18 (UPI) -- Melinda Doolittle says she took the disappointment of being eliminated from the "American Idol" Hollywood stage better than she thought she would.

'Idol' final pits Lewis, Sparks

HOLLYWOOD, May 17 (UPI) -- Competitors Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis will vie for the "American Idol" title next week as Melinda Doolittle was eliminated from the Hollywood stage.

'Idol' contestants down to three

HOLLYWOOD, May 10 (UPI) -- LaKisha Jones ended her "American Idol" run by singing "Stayin' Alive," belting it on the Hollywood stage and in the audience after being eliminated. The week's competition to whittle four "Idol" wannabes to three was rough on the contestants who sang Bee

Simon Cowell mocks Paula Abdul

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. T.V. celebrity judge Simon Cowell has revealed that while "American Idol" contestants are singing he is bugging Paula Abdul.

No 'Idol' shown the door

HOLLYWOOD, April 26 (UPI) -- Charity began at home for "American Idol" as none of the six finalists in Hollywood were eliminated during the special "Idol Gives Back" charity event.
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Jordin Sparks
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)

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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