If VH1 were to have its own zodiac, it would be the year of Kelly Clarkson. Tomorrow (November 17), we’re premiering VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET. In December, Kelly returns to VH1 for a performance on VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul. And today, we’re happy to present our first-ever weekly VH1 Tuner Podcast, hosted by Jim Shearer of VH1 Top 20 Countdown fame, with an all-Kelly Clarkson edition. In this episode, Jim chats with Kelly about Stronger, her relationship status, wanting to collaborate with Adele, her video for “Mr. Know It All,” and how she feels about being our very first podcast guest. Enjoy the audio now and look for us soon in iTunes.
Like proud parents, we’re watching You Oughta Know alumna and VH1 Unplugged darling Adele attempt to maintain her chart-topping hot streak with the third single off her multiplatinum 21, “Set Fire To The Rain.” Rumor had it that “Rumor Has It” was going to be the third single, but “Fire” ended up winning out. Already a fan favorite, the mid-tempo power ballad has the potential to complete her hat trick of singles atop the Billboard Hot 100 this year.
Sadly, Adele’s recovery from vocal cord surgery kept her from shooting a concept video for “Set Fire To The Rain.” Instead, her camp released an exclusive performance from her forthcoming 90-minute concert film Live At The Royal Albert Hall (due in stores on November 29). It’s a departure from the beautiful, Jake Nava–directed “Someone Like You,” but “Set Fire To The Rain” clearly benefits from a concert setting more than it ever could from a four-minute mini-movie lip-synced on a sound stage. Watching the British belter’s chill-inducing pipes rise above the swelling sound of a full band and orchestra is a beauty all its own. It’s Adele in her element, sounding fabulous and looking, well, hot!
As big as Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” was, her follow-up single, “Someone Like You,” is in a position to become the most memorable song from 21. Whereas “Rolling In The Deep” was defiant in its tone, “Someone Like You”—which, we should mention, is currently the #1 song on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown—instead allows Adele (and, by natural extension, the listeners) to wallow a bit in the feelings of anguish, hurt and regret that come on the heels of a difficult breakup. Well, the writers of Saturday Night Live recognized the seismic emotional impact that the song has had on people of all ages, shapes and sizes (even Coldplay!), and devoted a whole sketch to it on this weekend’s show.
Warning: The sketch might make you laugh, it might make you cry, and it very well make you do both at the same time. It’s one of the most memorable sketches of the season to this point, not just because it’s built around a song that everyone knows and adores, but because it recognizes a fundamental truth in today’s culture—no matter who you are, “Someone Like You” packs one hell of an emotional wallop!—and spins it for comedic gold. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to go into the supply closet and have ourselves a good cry.
VH1 President Tom Calderone Reminisces About The History Of Unplugged
As the Internet gets hyped up over Kelly Clarkson‘s upcoming Unplugged set (premiering at VH1.com on November 17 and airing on VH1 the next day at 11 p.m. EST), VH1 President Tom Calderone tells Billboard that Kelly is a social media fiend, and shares some recollections about Unplugged episodes past.
Hans Zimmer Crowdsources For The Dark Night Rises Soundtrack
In an unorthodox project, composer Hans Zimmer is working on recording a crowdsourced chant for the new Christopher Nolan Batmanfilm. You can even get involved! [Flavorwire]
Breathe easy, folks. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that biggest selling artist of 2011, Adele, underwent successful vocal cord surgery in Boston yesterday. According to a jargon-laced statement from Massachusetts General Hospital, “Adele underwent vocal cord microsurgery by Dr. Steven Zeitels to stop recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage (bleeding) from a benign polyp. This condition is typically the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture … Dr. Zeitels expects Adele to make a full recovery from her laser microsurgery.” LASERS!
VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson is set to make its online premiere exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 17. Her five-song performance, the final setlist of which is still under wraps, was totally phenomenal, and it was all we could do to keep ourselves composed when we sat down with her after the show for a few minutes.
One of the things we asked her about were her favorite VH1 Unplugged performances, and the two names that immediately came to Kelly Clarkson‘s mind were Mumford & Sons and Adele. Which one of these two artists does Kelly hope that “she’s never on the same awards show” with, and which one’s music does she describe as unusually sexy? There’s only one way to find out! (And that’s by clicking play on the video above, natch.)
Madonna, Nicki Minaj And M.I.A Share The Love
In the latest installment of “Madonna Is Down With The Kids (Like, Totes)” it’s been announced that both the eccentric Nicki Minaj and the cooler than thou MIA will appear on Madge’s lead single, “Give Me All Your Love,” from her forthcoming album. On that note, it’s now rumored that these three will also be performing during halftime of the Super Bowl this year. [Billboard]
Controversial Web Sensation Lana Del Rey Signs With Interscope
After a mountain of hype resulted in a tsunami-sized backlash, Lana del Rey has inked an album deal with Interscope, home to not only some of the biggest female-fronted acts in the biz (Mary J. Blige, No Doubt), but also some of the web friendliest (Robyn, Feist). [Pitchfork]
Poptimist Explores The Notion That Epic Rock Is Just “Secular Gospel” Tom Ewing‘s article about stadium-pop as a “hustle” is an interesting read, with references to bands as contemporary as Coldplay and Arcade Fire while remembering classics like The Beatles and The Who. [Pitchfork]
The Guardian is reporting that superstar singer/songwriter Adele will be canceling her remaining tour commitments and all other appearances in order to undergo throat surgery. But don’t panic! According to reports, Adele’s condition is manageable, and a full recovery is expected. The surgery has become a priority for Adele as a consequence of ongoing problems including a vocal cord hemorrhage earlier this month. Apparently, the damage to Adele’s throat has been caused not by her singing, but rather by her constant chattering off stage — Adele’s exuberance and talkative charms.
The 23-year-old has resolved to set aside the rest of 2011 to promote a full recovery rather than her top-selling album, 21, in a bid to avoid any long-term or permanent damage to her beautiful voice. While we’re sure lots of fans are going to be bummed out by the news, we’re getting behind Adele with a resounding “Get well soon!” Hopefully the vibrant performer can nip her throat problems in the bud now so that she can keep delivering her moving, heartfelt music to us in the future.