‘AMERICAN IDOL’ CHAMP KRIS ALLEN IS ANYTHING BUT IDLE

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If Kris Allen thought he had to work hard to win “American Idol” last season, it’s nothing compared to the demands he’s facing as he embarks on his post-“Idol” career.  As he gets a chance to learn first-hand about the rigors of the music industry — from the endless interviews to the preparation for his live shows — he’s grateful that he had the “Idol” experience to give him a taste of what his life would become. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR KRIS ALLEN)

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KELLY CLARKSON GRATEFUL FOR FANS

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Kelly Clarkson realizes that without a strong fan base, she never would have won “American Idol,” much less embarked on a multiplatinum music career.  Clarkson — whose latest album, “All I Ever Wanted,” has spawned three hit singles so far — has always made herself accessible to fans, even when it means subjecting herself to backhanded compliments and impromptu auditions! (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR KELLY CLARKSON)

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ADAM LAMBERT & ALLISON IRAHETA ANNOUNCE ALBUM TITLES

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American Idol graduates Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta are eschewing the self-titled route for their upcoming debut albums. Lambert, Idol’s season 8 runner-up, announced via Twitter that the title of his record, which will be released Nov. 23 via 19 Recordings/RCA, will be For Your Entertainment. Iraheta’s disc, slated for Dec. 1 release via 19/Jive, will be called Just Like You. Fans of both singers began buzzing about the album titles after they appeared on the artists’ Amazon.com pages earlier this evening; a spokesperson for 19 confirmed both titles exclusively to EW.com.