Kelly Clarkson made her television debut back in 2002 on a little show called American Idol. Most singers gradually make the long, grueling climb to the top of the charts but not this one. Clarkson’s win on Idol sparked her initially success that turned into a solid career. Check out these cover queen throwback videos and ask yourself, Justin Guarini who?
Kelly Clarkson can thank American Idol for not only jump-starting her career but also allowing her to realize she has a thing for performing cover songs and doing it extremely well. She even added a fan request segment to each of her shows while on tour that resulted in an impressive song roster including Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Eminem, Sam Smith and more. Call her a cover chameleon, Clarkson will take your song and do it better than you.
People love their music gossip and hearing about who hates who and tweeted what about whom, but far more often the truth is that most real musicians have nothing but love and admiration for each other. So it comes as no surprise that one of the realest and most talented singers currently out there, one Miss Kelly Clarkson, is a big fan of another great singer, Sam Smith. To show her love of Sam’s music she busted out a performance of his smash hit “Stay With Me” live in concert this weekend and it is just about as amazing and soulful as you would expect it to be.
Introducing the number, she said “It’s bluesy and it’s awesome. I love this song.” Her tremendous vocal power is on full display, even as she dials it back to match the mood of one of the most classic soul songs to emerge in recent years. Check out her killer performance below and prepare for the song to blow you away all over again.
With “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swiftdebuting at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Ariana Grande’s sophomore album, My Everything, set to take the top spot of the album charts, it’s safe to say Max Martin is back on top. Though, it’s not like he exactly went anywhere. Easily one of the most prolific writers of the past 20 years, the Swedish music producer is responsible for some of the biggest hits by Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson. Most recently, he’s extended his magic touch to Grande, Swift and a host of other new artists that are hoping to add to Martin’s 18 number one hits.
With so much attention on his latest hits, we went through his entire writing and production catalog to pick out his 15 best hits. These songs range from country to pop, happy to sad and everything in between.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! After successfully putting the national nightmare that is Black Friday firmly in the rearview, it’s time to move forward and focus on the important stuff … like listening to tons of Christmas carols while decking your halls with bows of holly. Savvy artists have long understood that releasing an album comprising solely of holiday tunes is a relatively easy way to make a buck (not to mention fulfilling one’s pesky record contract), which is why virtually every singer of note has released at least one of these LPs throughout their career.
Thanksgiving is here and you’re no doubt already feeling thankful, for getting the day off from work! Later today you’ll be stuffed to the gills on turkey and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and washing it down with spiced wine and spiked eggnog and then the reality will sink in. You’re stuck here. With your family, who you love to death but who drive you crazy with their non-stop questions about whom you’re dating, why you didn’t get that promotion, why do you still live in that crappy neighborhood, when are you going to settle down and have kids and on top of that you’re really, really, really, uncomfortably full. Read more…
The Country Music Association awards are known their southern edge, but sometimes the celebrity fashion choices go south, too! Some of the biggest country stars in the world turned up on the red carpet in Nashville last night, and while a few totally killed it in the wardrobe department (what’s up, Kellie Pickler), some other famous faces maybe should have left their looks at their stately country manor-home.