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I really hate April Fools’ Day. You never know what’s legit or just a prank. Ergo this post. More than a decade later, the reported demo of Avril Lavigne singing “Breakaway” conveniently surfaced yesterday. I’m not sure if I buy it though.

Back in 2001, Lavigne wrote and recorded “Breakaway” for her debut album, Let It Go. After much thought, it was deemed unsuitable and passed along to Kelly Clarkson to record for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement soundtrack. The song would become Clarkson’s third Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit and inspire numerous covers. Give the demo a listen below and decide if it’s indeed Avril’s vocals or someone just mimicking the Canadian singer.

listen to the alleged track after the jump

martina-mcbride-kelly-clarkson

With Martina McBride on board, naturally you’d think a country ditty was in order. Surprisingly, it’s not but rather a soulful collaboration. McBride enlists Kelly Clarkson to cover Etta James’ “In The Basement.”

The duet is part of Martina’s upcoming twelfth studio album, Everlasting, where she tackles classics from the likes of Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, The Supremes, Otis Redding and more. The LP also features a duet with Gavin DeGraw. She’ll be releasing her album independently on her own label, Kobalt Label Services. Check out her duet with Kelly below.

listen to the track after the jump

the-voice-matthew-schuler-voted-off

On last night’s The Voice, I must’ve missed the fact that only one elimination would take place instead of a double one. With that new piece of information, I have a pretty good idea who’s saying ‘sayonara‘ tonight.

Before Carson Daly made it official, a slew of performances filled the hour. Kelly Clarkson, who mentored Blake’s team during Season 2, returned to perform “Underneath The Tree.” The more I hear this song, the more I love it. Expect to hear this track for many more holidays to come. After her performance, she hyped up her upcoming NBC Christmas special airing on December 11. Don’t worry Kelly, I’m sure your fans will make sure you net higher ratings than Lady Gaga’s poorly-viewed Thanksgiving special. Talk about a turkey.

find out who left after the jump along with some performances

kelly-clarkson-underneath-the-tree-music-video

At long last Kelly Clarkson delivers the music video for “Underneath The Tree” weeks after the adorable lyric one. The visual not only serves as the official clip for the track, but also as a promo for her upcoming NBC Christmas special, Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale airing on NBC Tuesday, December 11 at 10pm.

Clarkson and guests will celebrate the festive season with a comedic musical take on a traditional Christmas morality tale. Song selection will come directly off her just-released Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, featuring classics such as “Silent Night” and “White Christmas” as well as new material including “Underneath The Tree” and the title track.

Superstars Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood guest star on the upcoming holiday special. Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Ken Jeong and Jai Rodriguez also make appearances.

Check out the music video below which features Kelly performing during her upcoming special and B-roll footage of her getting ready backstage. Given that she’s newly-married and has a baby on the way, I don’t blame her for taking the easy route with the clip.

watch the music video after the jump

songs-for-philippines-charity-album

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan where thousands of lives were lost, the recording industry is banding together to raise money for the relief efforts. The three major record labels- Sony, Warner Music and Universal- created a compilation album titled Songs for the Philippines. It features 39 hit songs from some of the biggest names in the business.

Spanning multiple genres, you’ll find music from Justin Timberlake, Bob Dylan, Josh Groban, P!nk, Madonna and countless others. While some tracks like “Carry On” by Bruno Mars, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson and “Brave” from Sara Bareilles feel appropriate, others seem out of place. “Best Song Ever” by One Direction and “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera have me scratching my head. Oh well, I suppose casting the net a little wider doesn’t hurt. It’s nice to see artists with Filipino heritage also taking part, including Jessica Sanchez, Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap and Mars.

All the artists, record companies and music publishers working on the project have waived fees. The compilation album is available on iTunes for only $9.99 with all proceeds being donated to the cause. Even if you have several of the tracks already in your music collection, I urge you to purchase the album. It’s a small price to shell out to help so many. On a day where many of us have so much to be thankful for, it’s nice to think of others who are less fortunate. If you want to donate more, there’s a link to the Red Cross from iTunes.

check out the entire track listing after the jump

Kelly Clarkson Swings Both Ways With Robbie Williams

In: Donovan, Music

For his tenth studio album, Robbie Williams decided to record another swing album. It’ll feature an eclectic mix of standards and swing tunes. He previously released Sing When You’re Winning back in 2011 which featured duets with Nicole Kidman, Frank Sinatra and Rupert Everett to name a few.

For the 39-year-old entertainer’s second swing LP titled Swings Both Ways, he’s enlisted an even more impressive motley crew of musicians to collaborate with. Among them include Olly Murs, Rufus Wainwright, Lily Allen, Michael Buble and none other than Kelly Clarkson. The two harmonize beautifully on “Little Green Apples.” Check it out below. Clarkson sounds phenomenal as always. Swings Both Ways hits streets on November 18.

listen to the track after the jump

The more I hear this Christmas jingle, the more I’m ready for the holiday season. That’s saying a lot considering it’s still only October. “Underneath The Tree” is definitely going to be the Yuletide hit of the year. Expect to hear it nonstop on your local radio station this December.

Kelly Clarkson just debuted the lyric video for her potential modern classic. As expected, it’s joyful and adorable. It features fun and bright-colored animations of animals, trees, presents and other objects you’d expect to see on a perfect snowy Christmas day. Check it out below.

watch the video after the jump

A couple days after tweeting wedding pics, Kelly Clarkson shares a gorgeous video of her big day. Talk about a blushing bride. The now Mrs. Brandon Blackstock looks absolutely ravishing and glowing as she says I do to Reba McEntire’s stepson. Her happiness is so infectious you can’t help but smile slash get misty as you watch the short montage.

Set to Patty Griffin’s “Heavenly Day,” the visual gives a glimpse of her intimate wedding at Blackberry Farms in Tennessee. Watching it almost, almost being the operative word, makes me want to walk down the aisle with Brian. After all it’s been 13 years. I guess it’s about time ;)

Here’s a little American Idol fun fact. The headpiece she’s wearing was co-designed by her fellow Season 1 alum Jim Verraros. Who knew they were such good friends, let alone still talked? Watch her magical day below.

watch the beautiful video after the jump

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