New Music: Kelly Clarkson Releases “Meaning Of Life”

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GRAMMY® WINNING SUPERSTAR KELLY CLARKSON CELEBRATES TODAY’S RELEASE OF HUGELY ANTICIPATED ATLANTIC RECORDS DEBUT ALBUM   LIVE TV PERFORMANCES INCLUDE TODAY’S EPISODE OF THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, FOLLOWED NEXT WEEK BY NBC’S TODAY AND THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON FANS PURCHASING “MEANING OF LIFE” FROM STORE.KELLYCLARKSON.COM TO RECEIVE EARLY ACCESS TO TICKETS FOR UPCOMING US TOUR “MEANING OF LIFE” AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW

KELLY CLARKSON SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH ATLANTIC RECORDS

 KELLY CLARKSON SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH ATLANTIC RECORDS FAN REQUESTED COVERS TO GO LIVE ON KELLYCLARKSONLIVE.COM –NEW MUSIC TO BE RELEASED IN 2017 Multi-Grammy winning singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson has signed a long-term, worldwide deal with Atlantic Records it was announced today. Clarkson, who has sold over 25 million albums and 36 million singles worldwide since the launch of her recording career in 2002, is slated to release her first album for Atlantic in 2017. The album will draw from the inspiration of soul and R&B as the foundation of her endearing lyrics and powerhouse vocals. Every day this week, Clarkson has been teasing her announcement by performing a classic song from the Atlantic catalog on Facebook Live, including Otis Redding’s ̶ These Arms of Mine,” Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Aretha Franklin’s “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. “We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Clarkson into the Atlantic family,” said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman and Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald. “She is one of the greatest artists of our generation, a musical icon with an extraordinary, soul-inspired voice that has captivated millions of fans around the world. We are honored to be partnering with Kelly as she embarks on this exciting new phase of her record-breaking career.” “After winning American Idol there was an arranged marriage that occurred that sometimes worked out and sometimes resulted in the hardest experiences of my life,” commented Kelly Clarkson. “As an artist, American Idol gave me something that was incredible, an audience and a platform before even releasing music. Although I am extremely thankful to the amazing people that I’ve had the chance to work with, I cannot describe the excitement of working with Julie Greenwald, Craig Kallman, and their team at Atlantic Records. The loyalty, innovation, and creativeness that Atlantic Records has been consistently bringing to the music industry is incredibly exciting for any artist to be a part of! We have already started creating a record that I have been wanting to make since I was a little girl, and a record that fans have been asking me to make for years. Here’s to the future!“ It was also announced today that as a gift for her fans, not only will Clarkson release a live version video for “Tightrope” but she has put four fan-requested cover songs on her website (www.kellyclarksonlive.com) that are now available for instant download. Included are her unique takes on Coldplay’s “Fix You,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” Etta James’s “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and India Arie’s “Ready For Love.” In addition, moving forward fans can visit www.kellyclarksonlive.com on the last Friday of every month to have the opportunity to receive new and exclusive content. Clarkson rose to fame as the winner of the first season of American Idol, followed by the release of her debut single, “A Moment Like This,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and became the best-selling single of 2002 in the U.S. With the release of her multi-platinum, No. 1 Continue reading

KELLY CLARKSON HELPS RAISE OVER $106,000 FOR MUSICIANS ON CALL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Thursday, Nov. 14, Grammy award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson helped Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville raise over $106,000, making it the highest-earning single event ever for the branch. In a rare, intimate setting for the superstar, Clarkson performed to a sold-out crowd at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville for the MOC Nashville sixth anniversary party presented by Citi. “When I first learned about MOC, it appealed to me for so many reasons,” shares Clarkson. “I love how it creates opportunities for musicians to play for kids and bring music to the families who are spending their time, especially during holidays, in the hospitals away from the comfort of their homes.” Clarkson lit up the room with her characteristic charm and to the delight of all concert-goers, she incorporated fan-favorites “Since U Been Gone,” “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “Stronger” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes” in the show, as well as new selections from her latest Christmas album, Wrapped In Red. Wrapped In Red features holiday classics “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Clarkson’s title track, “Wrapped In Red,” plus more originals. Clarkson brought the holiday spirit alive with her Christmas tracks, and delivered a dynamic set true to her genuine and powerful vocal performance reputation. In addition to generously giving her time and talent, Clarkson donated her 2012 American Music Awards performance dress to Hard Rock Cafe for display in its world-famous memorabilia collection in exchange for a $9,000 contribution to MOC Nashville. Find out more straight from the source! http://ebmediapr.com/moc/553-kelly-clarkson-helps-raise-over-106000-for-musicians-on-call-in-a-record-breaking-sold-out-sixth-anniversary-celebration

Kelly Clarkson Performs At 2013 Inauguration

Watch Kelly Clarkson Performs My Country Tis of Thee at 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Vocal power house, Kelly Clarkson, was one of a select group of performers at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama. The pop/maybe-country-crossover singer performed “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee’” in super cold weather in Washington, D.C. True to form, Kelly tweeted out to fans about the experience. What an honor to be a part of history! Obama’s presence was powerful and his words unforgettable. It’s a proud day for America! — Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) January 21, 2013 Watch: Kelly Clarkson Sings “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.’”

James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson Perform at President Obama’s Inauguration

James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson Among Performer for President Obama’s Inauguration Ceremony. James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson are among those who will be performing in Washington D.C. at the Capital Building on January 21st for President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony. Taylor will be singing “America the Beautiful” and Clarkson will sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Hip hop/pop singer Beyonce will be performing the National Anthem. All three of the singers were picked by the President who will be sworn in for his second term in a private ceremony the day before the big inauguration shindig.

Kelly Clarkson Don’t Rush: Single Review

Guest Post: Kelly Clarkson Forays Into Country with ‘Don’t Rush’ – Single Review. I, like I assume many others are, am still confused as to Kelly Clarkson’s nomination for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year (Olivia Newton-John Gate anyone?), as the only country I was aware of her making was the country mix of her previously pop song ‘Mr Know It All’ and a duet with Jason Aldean on ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’. Correct me if I’m wrong. So in mind of this, it seems almost as if Kelly has made an effort to make country music to sort of prove her worthiness, duetting with Vince Gill (always a good start) on her new single, ‘Don’t Rush‘. I’m not doubting that Kelly could have a real country career if she wanted to and make proper country music, but this seems like an attempt to please all camps. The song is in a soul/R&B style that reminds me very much of Kelly’s first album, Thankful (music which I’m pretty sure she claimed not to have had much part in making, preferring rockier stuff, coincidentally), but from the off we’re confronted with a steel guitar. However, it doesn’t come across as being played in a very country manner, and reminds me more of the Hawaiian roots from which it originates. The sounds are far more focused on a soul swung beat, and the ‘country’ elements such as the steel guitar and the twangy electric guitar solo become part of the song as opposed to infusing it with country. You can barely even hear Vince, you have to actually listen properly just to hear his background vocals, and when they sing overlapping alternate “baby don’t rush”s towards the end, he just sounds like a session musician brought in to fill up the mix. Nothing is really made of his contribution whatsoever, and it feels as if she’s getting by on his name in order to get airplay on country stations. It is what I would call a ‘lazy Sunday’ song, a chilled, lying in the sun kind of soundtrack, and it’s pleasant enough on the ears without begging me to play it again. The chorus has a nice melody but not fantastic or terribly catchy. It just all sounds a little average to me, trying to hop on the back of her decidedly random CMA nomination and the fact she scored Vince Gill to join her in the studio. Or rather, sing quietly over her vocals after she’d long left to go get pizza. I have always liked Kelly Clarkson (Breakaway was the soundtrack to my 2005/2006), but with so many people attaching themselves to the country brand for the privileges involved these days, I’m automatically suspicious when I hear something like this. However, it’s not bad as such, just not as good nor as country as I expected, so if you would like to buy it you can get it on iTunes although I can’t currently find a link. Listen Now: Kelly Continue reading

Kelly Clarkson Moves to Nashville

Kelly Clarkson Embraces Her Inner-Country and Moves to Nashville! In an exclusive interview with The Tennesseean, pop star and American Idol alumn, Kelly Clarkson shared the low-down on her recent move to Nashville, TN, and its got us hoping that Clarkson will be releasing some country music soon! Now, we’ve all been thinking and drawing all kinds of conclusions as of late, and we country music fans kind of want Clarkson to just transition right on over to country music…for real. She has her amazing duet with Jason Aldean under her belt, she just earned a CMA nomination, and she’s practically a member of country music royalty (currently dating Reba McEntire’s stepson, Brandon Blackstock). So, clearly all roads point to a country music career, right? Kelly herself admits that life seems to be taking her that way, telling The Tennessean the following, “…I think it’s just because, I don’t know, I do love pop music, but I think I have more of a Southern mentality. Even just emotionally, I’m more that girl. So I get along better with the Mirandas and the Blakes and the Jennifers and Rebas.” -Kelly Clarkson We’re with ya Kelly, come on over!

Kelly Clarkson In US Weekly

Kelly Clarkson Dishes On Weight Loss In US Weekly. Sure, Kelly Clarkson isn’t technically a country artist, but she spends so much time with some of our favorites (Reba McEntire…Jason Aldean…) that it can feel like she is at least sort of country. So, its interesting to us over here at CMNB that Kelly has found her way onto the cover of US Weekly. The 30-year old American Idol alum is dishing out the details on her recent weight loss and new fit shape. And why the weight loss you may (or may not) be wondering to yourself? Kelly credits her new found desire to shed the extra pounds to her developing relationship with Nashville-based beau, Brandon Blackstock, also known as Reba’s stepson and further known as the guy that manages Blake Shelton. Okay, its great she lost some weight, way to go Kelly! What we really want to hear about is what new music she’ll be making now that she is so securely embedded in the Nashville elite. I guess only time will tell…do you want Clarkson to release country music? Let us know below!

Kelly Clarkson Song Turned Country

Kelly Clarkson’s Pop Hit “Mr. Know It All” Now Has A Country Version. Kelly Clarkson is a pop singer with a powerhouse for a voice. Although she is not part of the country genre when it comes to her music, she has a lot of ties to the big family. She is from Texas, enjoys country music, has many friends who are currently staples in the country music scene, (Reba, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert to name a few) and blew people away with her duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean. Recently her pop hit “Mr. Know It All” was tweaked and changed to be played on country stations. The question is should it have been done? Some might argue that the lyrics fit right in with the things they hear on their local radio stations now, the only thing keeping it from being country is the music. Well…isn’t that a big part? Anybody could add some pedal steel to many songs and would make it more “country.” This is a big topic of debate these days, what is country? Below are two videos…one that is the audio to the country version of “Mr. Know It All” and the other is the official music video for the original version (pop version) of “Mr. Know It All.” Tell us what you think! Which version do you like better? Do you think she should do more country versions?