Kids around the country are heading back to school. But they aren't the only ones being graded as summer turns to fall.

Multiple artists have released new albums over the last couple weeks. The critical folks at Entertainment Weekly have taken the time to grade each CD - and those from The Gossip figured it was our duty to present such estimations to readers everywhere:

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Hasn't President Bush been humilated enough these past few days years?

Evidently not. How else to explain the president's choice to host someone who actually received more votes than he did? Yes, Bush will entertain Taylor Hicks and other American Idols when they stop by Washington, D.C. on tour net week.

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Kellie Pickler became the fourth contestant from the most recent season of American Idol to land a record deal, signing yesterday with BNA Records and 19 Recordings Ltd. Her debut album is set for a November 14 release, and the North Carolina native will begin work on it once she is done touring with her fellow Idols as part of the cross-county American Idols Live extravaganza.

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The recovering Katharine McPhee is getting the royal treatment from boyfriend Nick Cokas in preparation for joining her fellow American Idol contestants on tour.

On the shelf with bronchitis and laryngitis, but looking to meet up with the tour group once it reaches Rochester, N.Y., on July 21, McPhee is resting in her native SoCal and being doted upon by the 41-year old actor. He's been taking her out for ice cream and even holding the door for her.

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Presumably, however, the record company would prefer the former American Idol finalist alive and singing.

Indeed, after turning down a chance to be the lead singer for Fuel, Chris Daughtry has signed on with RCA Records chief Clive Davis and Idol creator Simon Fuller's label, 19 Recordings Unlimited.

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We feel sorry for residents of Manchester, NH. While they'll have a chance to enjoy Taylor Hicks and other American Idol phenoms, Katharine McPhee has been diagnosed as being too sick to perform during this leg of the tour.

McPhee's doctor ordered "complete voice rest," prompting the following statement from this almost Idol to her fans:

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]