On Monday, June 11, 2012, a huge milestone was celebrated: the 10th anniversary of American Idol‘s debut. As we all know, 11 seasons later, Idol has made an enormous impact on this country and the world, on the music charts, at the box office, award shows and elsewhere. It started out as a summer show that hardly anyone expected would take off in the way that it did.

To refresh your memory on how the juggernaut all began, check out the first nine minutes of the very first episode from June 11, 2002, where we see the introduction of the original panel and the hosts describing how the show will work:

Over the years, American Idol has made its impact on the music charts, with 345 No. 1 songs. Billboard has all the statistics on which contestants from the show have made their mark.

Phillip Phillips Finally Undergoes Surgery

Idol fans everywhere have been wondering when current winner Phillip Phillips would have his surgery to remove kidney stones, the cause of his pain for the past several months. And TMZ reports that, after a delay, he finally had them removed:

“We’re told Phillip had the 6 and a half hour long surgery in L.A. yesterday — and he is recovering well today. The stones that were removed were so huge there was no chance he could’ve passed them on his own.”

Multiple reports are confirming that Phillips will not miss any of the summer tour, which he is scheduled to headline, including from his own rep who says, “He’s resting and will be ready for the Idol tour kickoff in July!”

Tracklist for David Archuleta’s Begin Revealed

David Archuleta is currently on a Mormon mission in Chile, but that’s not stopping him from releasing new music to his fans. As BuddyTV previously reported on, the new album, Begin, will be available to buy and download on August 7; the tracks were recorded before Archuleta’s two year absence began. And as is evident by the below tracklist, all but one of the songs are covers. And the album cover can be viewed courtesy of MjsBigBlog.

1. “Beautiful” (Christina Aguilera)
2. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Simon and Garfunkel)
3. “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (U2)
4. “True Colors” (Cyndi Lauper)
5. “Everybody Hurts” (R.E.M.)
6. “Be Still, My Soul” (Sibelius)
7. “Angel” (Sarah McLachlan)
8. “Don’t Give Up” (Peter Gabriel)
9. “Somewhere Only We Can Know” (Keane)
10. “Broken” (original)

New Music Release (Now Available)

Michael Johns: Love & Sex EP (Digital Release)

The Top Idol Album Sales: Carrie Underwood Stays Strong

The music sales numbers from the past week have now been released. And here’s a list of the top Idols on the charts, courtesy of USA Today:

Carrie Underwood‘s Blown Away at #9, Selling 27,000 units (Total Sales: 545,000)

Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger at #50, Selling 8,000 units (Total: 823,000)

Adam Lambert’s Trespassing at #54, Selling 8,000 units (Total: 119,000)

Haley Reinhart’s Listen Up! at #96, Selling 5,000 units (Total: 33,000)

Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day at #105, Selling 5,000 units (Total: 1.068 million)

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Jeff Dodge

Staff Writer, BuddyTV

Jeff Dodge, a graduate of Western Washington University, has been a TV news editor for many years and has had the chance to interview multiple reality show stars, including Randy Jackson, Nick Cannon, Heidi Klum, Mel B and John Cena.