'Idol' champ shows growth on new album

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Second-season "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard has made his return -- "The Return," in fact -- to the CD racks.

Idols not idle on American airwaves

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Get ready for an onslaught of albums to hit U.S. store shelves from "American Idol" winners and wannabes in the coming weeks.

'Idol' Fantasia wows 'em at Aretha tribute

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino was getting raves Saturday for her performance at the taping of a tribute to Aretha Franklin in Hollywood.

Taylor Hicks signs book deal

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks, who had a hit with "Do I Make You Proud," has signed a deal to write a book on his career called "Heart Full of Soul."

Former 'Idol' foes set to duel again

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Former "American Idol" rivals Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken are set to battle again when their new albums arrive in U.S. stores this fall.

'American Idol' to audition 100,000

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- "American Idol" will visit seven cities, including San Antonio, Birmingham, Ala., Memphis and Minneapolis to seek out fresh talent for its sixth season.

Fantasia drops out of Rochester MusicFest

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 28 (UPI) -- Fantasia will not be headlining the Rochester Music fest, which takes place in Rochester, N.Y. July 7-9.

'Idol' winner wins $2 million lawsuit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 16 (UPI) -- "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 million by an Alabama circuit court in a lawsuit against his former manager.

Celebrity charity song sets record

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A song written by actress Sharon Stone and Grammy-winning songwriter Denise Rich to help U.S. hurricane victims is selling like gangbusters on iTunes.

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Parade poll: Oprah over Bush for president

NEW YORK, July 10 (UPI) -- If talk show queen Oprah Winfrey ran for U.S. president against George W. Bush she would win with 65 percent of the vote, according to a survey.

Studdard accuses ex-manager of theft

LONG ANGELES, Calif., June 30 (UPI) -- Second season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has accused his former manager Ronald W. Edwards of identity theft and forgery.

'American Idol' loses album-selling punch

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The reality TV show "American Idol" pulled in a record 31 million viewers during its fourth season amid signs its power to sell CDs has diminished.

Teens' D.C. inaugural concert rated a dud

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The "America's Future Rocks Today" youth concert to celebrate President George W. Bush's inauguration was rated a dud Wednesday by the Washington Post. Bush and his wife Laura attended the two-hour concert at the D.C. Armory.

Studdard almost recovered from pneumonia

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Alabama native Ruben Studdard said he's better, recovering from pneumonia and happy his new CD tops the gospel chart.
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Ruben Studdard
Singer Ruben Studdard arrives for the premiere of the motion picture comedy adventure "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed," Saturday, March 20, 2004 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Studdard is featured on the movie's soundtrack and was scheduled to perform during a concert prior to the film's screening. UPI/stringer

Christopher Theodore Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978), best known as Ruben Studdard, is an American R&B, pop, and gospel singer. He rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol. He received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Superstar."

In the years following Idol, Studdard has released four studio albums, including his most recent disc, 2009's Love Is.

In addition to appearing on various television shows he has toured with Robin Givens in the comedy-drama Heaven I Need a Hug and in 2008 accepted the role of Fats Waller in a national tour of Ain't Misbehavin'.

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