Nielsen Reveals Decade's Most-Played Radio Songs
Tim McGraw's 1999 song "Something Like That" was the decade's most-played song across all radio formats with 487,343 spins from Jan. 1, 2000, through Dec. 17, 2009, according to Nielsen BDS. "Yeah!" (2004), by Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon, was the second most-played song, garnering 416,267 spins. Other top-played songs included Train's "Drops Of Jupiter" (2001) with 338,749 spins, Papa Roach's "Last Resort" (2000) with 221,767 spins and Flo Rida's "Low" (2007) with 206,864 spins. (12/23)
Cowell To Leave "American Idol"
Simon Cowell, judge for the music television show "American Idol," will resign his position when his contract expires in May 2010, according to a report by UK newspaper The Sun. Cowell has been with the show since its debut in 2002, helping to launch the careers of GRAMMY-winning artists such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. According to the report, Cowell will focus on launching a version of UK music TV program "The X Factor" in the United States in 2011. (12/23)