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KELLY CLARKSON


BIO: Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer who was the winner of the first season of American Idol. Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas and later moved to Burleson, Texas. In middle school, she was overheard singing in a school corridor by a teacher who invited her to join the school choir. Her participation in choral and musical activities spurred her interest in a recording career and, following her high school graduation, she relocated to Los Angeles, California. Clarkson worked as an extra on television (one such appearance was on Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and worked briefly with songwriter Gerry Goffin. After her Los Angeles apartment burned down, however, she moved back to Texas discouraged, but still intent on a career in show business. Clarkson rose to fame on the United States TV program American Idol. Before her run on that show, she managed some odd jobs. She worked as a cocktail waitress, a promo girl for Red Bull, at a movie theater (where the premiere of her movie, From Justin to Kelly, was later held), in a pharmacy, at Chili's, the Fort Worth Zoo, as a telemarketer, sold Kirby vacuum cleaners door to door for a day, and did other jobs as well. In 2002, along with ten thousand others, Clarkson auditioned for the aforementioned American Idol. Impressed by her voice and personality, the panel of judges put her through to the next round. Upon landing a final 30 spot, Kelly garnered praise from the judges with her rendition of Aretha Franklin's 'Respect'. She moved on to the final 10, receiving a #2 spot in her group. On September 4, 2002, Clarkson won the competition, earning 58% of the audience vote in the final contest against Justin Guarini. She was the only contestant to have never landed in the bottom three. As the newly-crowned 'American Idol,' Clarkson performed 'A Moment Like This' as confetti fell. Her fellow contestants hugged her. Thankful Enlarge Thankful Clarkson's first single set an American record, rising on October 5, 2002, from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard charts (a record previously held by The Beatles with Can't Buy Me Love). Her first full-length album, Thankful, was released by RCA Records on April 15, 2003, and was certified as 'double platinum', signifying over two million sales in the US by the RIAA. Thankful also garnered good reviews, though critics cited that much of her success could be accredited to the 'commerciality' of her music. Clarkson starred with fellow American Idol contestant Justin Guarini in From Justin to Kelly (2003). The film was given weak reviews, and the movie was a box office disaster. In 2004, she received a Grammy Nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her hit single 'Miss Independent'. In the first World Idol competition, pitting all the winners of all Idol shows against each other, she placed second, beaten in the worldwide poll only by the Norwegian Idol Kurt Nilsen. Kelly Clarkson also embarked on the 30 city Independent Tour with fellow American Idol contestant, Clay Aiken, in 2004. Breakaway Breakaway In 2004 Kelly Clarkson released Breakaway, her sophomore release, and it debuted at #3. Though her first album debuted at #1 and sold a few thousand more copies in its first week, industry experts noted this was not too bad of a sophomore slump. Breakaway received mostly high marks from critics, who stated that the artistic and commercial success of the album cemented Clarkson's place in the pop music industry, separate from the 'American Idol' machine. To date, Breakaway has sold over a million copies and remains in the Billboard Top 20, selling about 80,000 copies per week, while her singles 'Breakaway' and 'Since U Been Gone' shoot their way through the Billboard Hot 100. Clarkson has also appeared on NBC's 'American Dreams' as Brenda Lee. Though so far the most commercially successful of Idol winners, she has also had her share of controversy, such as allegations that her work doing demos for a record company broke show rules about not having a contract with a record company and what some saw as poor sportsmanship on her part during the World Idol competition. She appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on February 12, 2005

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Kelly Clarkson Announces 'When Christmas Comes Around...' Holiday Album Photo Kelly Clarkson Announces 'When Christmas Comes Around...' Holiday Album
by Michael Major - September 23, 2021

The album features collaborations with Ariana Grande, Chris Stapleton, and Brett Eldredge. The first single, 'Christmas Isn't Cancelled (Just You)' is out now....
VIDEO: Watch Ariana Grande & Kelly Clarkson Perform 'Respect' on the Season Premiere Photo VIDEO: Watch Ariana Grande & Kelly Clarkson Perform 'Respect' on the Season Premiere of THE VOICE
by Michael Major - September 21, 2021

The powerhouse duo was joined by fellow coaches John Legend and Blake Shelton for the season's first coach mashup performance, in which Legend and Shelton performed their rendition of Sam & Dave's 'Hold On, I'm Coming'....
Kelly Clarkson Announces New Christmas Single 'Christmas Isn't Cancelled (Just You)' Photo Kelly Clarkson Announces New Christmas Single 'Christmas Isn't Cancelled (Just You)'
by Michael Major - September 15, 2021

“Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You)” marks the first offering from Clarkson’s forthcoming ninth studio album, her latest since 2017’s Meaning of Life and her second holiday release following 2013’s Wrapped In Red....
Maya Ghose Releases Debut Album WHERE THERE IS Photo Maya Ghose Releases Debut Album WHERE THERE IS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - August 30, 2021

While currently charting on the Billboard Activator and Hot AC charts with her release I Don't Want This, edgy pop artist Maya Ghose releases fresh debut album titled Where There Is. This album, which includes her singles How He Looks at Her and I Don't Want This, is currently available on all digit...
Mickey Guyton Releases New Song 'All American' Photo Mickey Guyton Releases New Song 'All American'
by TV News Desk - August 20, 2021

Mickey co-wrote the song with Victoria Banks, Emma-Lee and Karen Kosowski, the same songwriting team who wrote the critically acclaimed “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” which NPR called “a cry of the heart by a remarkable singer and writer who deserves to be a full-on superstar.” ...
Mickey Guyton Releases Album Title Track 'REMEMBER HER NAME' Photo Mickey Guyton Releases Album Title Track 'REMEMBER HER NAME'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - July 30, 2021

“‘Remember Her Name’ is a song for anyone who has ever felt less than, forgotten or up against impossible obstacles,” shares Guyton. “I hope this song is a reminder of the importance of self-worth and the power of persistence and perseverance.” ...
Cassadee Pope Premieres Fiery Music Video For Latest Single 'Say It First' Photo Cassadee Pope Premieres Fiery Music Video For Latest Single 'Say It First'
by A.A. Cristi - July 23, 2021

Cassadee Pope has just released the new music video for her latest single, 'Say It First,' off of her upcoming ninth album, THRIVE, exclusively with Sounds Like Nashville. The video, directed and edited by Ed Pryor, is a colorful depiction of the inner storm that matches the song's eruptive angst al...
Masked Wolf Releases Video for 'Say So' Photo Masked Wolf Releases Video for 'Say So'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - July 22, 2021

The buoyant track marks Masked Wolf’s much anticipated, follow up to his global smash “Astronaut In The Ocean” which has already gone to #1 in 8 countries around the world and amassed over a BILLION streams to date. ...
Masked Wolf Returns With New Single 'Say So' Photo Masked Wolf Returns With New Single 'Say So'
by TV News Desk - July 09, 2021

“Astronaut In The Ocean” has also proven to be a multi-format phenomenon in the U.S., climbing into #1 on the Rhythmic chart while remaining a mainstay in the Top 10 at Top 40 radio. ...
VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers 'The Chain' Photo VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers 'The Chain'
by Stage Tube - July 08, 2021

In the latest Kellyoke, Kelly Clarkson and her band Y'all perform a powerful cover of 'The Chain' by Fleetwood Mac. ...
Matt Stell & Whiskey Jam Present Frontline Fest Photo Matt Stell & Whiskey Jam Present Frontline Fest
by Sarah Jae Leiber - July 06, 2021

Any frontline worker who presents their work ID will get to skip the line and head straight for the stage, with performances from Collin Raye, Walker Hayes, Tenille Arts, Adam Doleac, Hannah Dasher and Southerland in addition to Stell....
VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers 'Rolling in the Deep' Photo VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers 'Rolling in the Deep'
by Stage Tube - June 30, 2021

Watch the latest Kellyoke, where Kelly Clarkson and her band Y'all perform a powerful cover of 'Rolling in the Deep' by Adele. ...
Cautious Clay Drops Debut Album 'Deadpan Love' Photo Cautious Clay Drops Debut Album 'Deadpan Love'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 25, 2021

With his live return slated for this summer’s Lollapalooza, Cautious Clay will embark on the Karma & Friends Tour of North America and Europe in 2022 with dates in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona and more....
Twinkle Time Releases EDM Anthemic Single 'Its Ok 2 Be Me'/ A Mi Me Gusta Ser Yo' Photo Twinkle Time Releases EDM Anthemic Single 'Its Ok 2 Be Me'/ A Mi Me Gusta Ser Yo'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 23, 2021

Twinkle Time has released her 4th singles It's OK 2 Be Me / A Mi Me Gusta Ser Yo from her upcoming 4th Family Album promoting inclusivity during Pride Month!...
Noga Erez Announces 45+ Date Headlining KIDS Tour Photo Noga Erez Announces 45+ Date Headlining KIDS Tour
by TV News Desk - June 22, 2021

KIDS explores themes of tension and release, anxiety and remedy, and masterly melodic licks in swipes of stomping brass, wrapped around Noga’s versatile vocals that quick-switch from clipped flow to smoky purr; from stadium chorus to street-ready beats....
Multi-Platinum Bryce Vine Announces U.S. Tour Dates Photo Multi-Platinum Bryce Vine Announces U.S. Tour Dates
by TV News Desk - June 15, 2021

In 2019, he released his debut full-length, Carnival, which included the platinum YG-assisted hit “La La Land.”...
Elevation Studios Announces $100-Million Tour Production Campus in Nashville Photo Elevation Studios Announces $100-Million Tour Production Campus in Nashville
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 15, 2021

The shovel-ready project checks all the boxes, uniting energy-efficient design with luxurious comfort in a serene yet convenient setting, right outside of America’s biggest music city, Nashville, TN....
Jasmine Thompson Returns With 'already there' Photo Jasmine Thompson Returns With 'already there'
by TV News Desk - June 10, 2021

Jasmine’s booming YouTube presence and captivating vocals helped lead to a major label deal with Atlantic Records at the age of just 13.  Now 20, the London-based singer-songwriter has enjoyed a musical growth that’s taken her from viral covers to her own WONDERLAND and COLOUR EPs....
Rita Ora, JP Saxe & More Join Musicians in Creating Virtual Prom Experience For Teens Photo Rita Ora, JP Saxe & More Join Musicians in Creating Virtual Prom Experience For Teens In Pediatric Hospitals Nationwide
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 03, 2021

This virtual prom, hosted by pop artist and MOC Volunteer Zach Matari, features exclusive performances and messages of encouragement from Rita Ora, Joshua Bassett, Dove Cameron, Blanco Brown, Andrew Rannells, JP Saxe, Zara Larsson, Faouzia, We The Kings and more....
Cautious Clay & Saba Link Up on 'Strange Love' Photo Cautious Clay & Saba Link Up on 'Strange Love'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 01, 2021

Furthermore, Cautious will make his live return at this summer’s Lollapalooza, July 29-August 1 in Chicago. More shows are to be announced soon. ...
VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers 'The Keeper of the Stars' Photo VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers 'The Keeper of the Stars'
by Stage Tube - May 27, 2021

In the latest Kellyoke, Kelly Clarkson and her band Y'all perform a moving cover of 'The Keeper of the Stars' by Tracy Byrd....
Breland Goes 'Cross Country' on First-Ever Headline Tour Photo Breland Goes 'Cross Country' on First-Ever Headline Tour
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 25, 2021

Spotify pre-sale for the CROSS COUNTRY TOUR begins today, with venue/artist pre-sale running from Wednesday, May 26 at 10am local time through Thursday, May 27 at 10pm local time. General on-sale starts Friday, May 28 at 10am local time....
VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers 'Need You Tonight' Photo VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers 'Need You Tonight'
by Stage Tube - May 25, 2021

In the latest Kellyoke, Kelly Clarkson and her band Y'all perform a sultry cover of 'Need You Tonight' by INXS. ...
Maya Ghose Releases Debut Single HOW HE LOOKS AT HER Photo Maya Ghose Releases Debut Single HOW HE LOOKS AT HER
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 24, 2021

Gearing up to release her debut album later this year, edgy pop artist Maya Ghose drops powerful first single titled How He Looks At Her. Bursting onto the music indie scene, Maya is stoked to drop her original music for the world to hear. The single is currently available on all digital platforms i...
Cautious Clay Debuts Introspective 'Wildfire' Video Photo Cautious Clay Debuts Introspective 'Wildfire' Video
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 20, 2021

Deadpan Love, which includes previously released singles 'Karma & Friends,' “Roots,” “Dying In The Subtlety,” and “Agreeable,” wraps influences from R&B, hip hop and indie pop in Cautious’ trademark sophisticated songwriting and jazz- and blues-inflected instrumentation....