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Kelly Clarkson Covers Tracy Chapman For SiriusXM

In: Donovan, Music
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Like I needed Kelly Clarkson to give me another reason to love her. This just affirms my eternal love for the 32-year-old singer. Clarkson slays a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” by giving it a stripped down arrangement. White girl’s got major soul ;)

It’s so good, I felt I had to call in somewhere to vote for her. No wonder she took home the inaugural American Idol title. No one can do a song cover like “Miss Independent” herself.

Speaking of which, fans, including myself, have long wished for Kelly to release an entire album full of covers. That’s guaranteed money!!! I’d buy it for sure. Check out Kelly’s performance on SiriusXM Hits 1 below.

watch Kelly’s cover after the jump

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Everyone has a favorite musical number. Josh Groban apparently has several. The 34-year-old singer decided to cover his favorites from the Great White Way for his upcoming album titled Stages which hits the streets on April 28.

“Nothing has inspired me more in my life than the energy that is shared in a theater when great songs and great art are on the stage,” Groban said in a press release for Stages. “I wanted this album to pay tribute to those inspirations and memories.”

A few of the productions that Groban picked songs from include Into The Woods, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Carousel and A Chorus Line to name a few. “What I Did For Love” from the latter is the lead single off his new album. The accompanying music video features Josh simply playing the piano and lets his fantastic voice take the stage front and center.

“Stages is an album I’ve wanted to make since I signed to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records during my freshman year as a Musical Theater student at Carnegie Mellon,” Groban says. “I knew in my heart that, at some point, I would visit the songs I love from that world as an album. Having lived in New York City the last few years, seeing as much theater as I could see, and having so many great friends in the theater community, it became really inspiring to take this on. It was time.”

Stages features a couple notable duets. Kelly Clarkson and Audra McDonald sing on “All I Ask of You” (Phantom of the Opera) and “If I Loved You” (Carousel) respectively. Give Josh’s new video a watch below.

watch clip after the jump

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While promoting her new album, Piece By Piece, in stores now, Kelly Clarkson claimed she had problems convincing other musicians to duet with her. Initially, media outlets took her comments seriously. As it turns out, the 32-year-old American Idol winner was only joking.

If there was ever any ounce of truth to her comments though, at least she can always call on Jimmy Fallon. Clearly, the Tonight Show host is a fan. He enlisted Clarkson to perform a medley of the greatest duets in history on last night’s show.

Their performance included covers of Sonny and Cher‘s “I Got You Babe,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton‘s “Islands in the Stream,” Human League‘s “Don’t You Want Me,” Elton John‘s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and Paula Abdul‘s “Opposites Attract.”

My favorite of the bunch was of Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt‘s “Don’t Know Much.” It was all about Jimmy’s bang-on impression of Neville. Check out the entire thing below.

check out the duets after the jump

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All week long, tracks off Piece By Piece have been previewed. My favorite so far is the Sia-penned “Invincible” and predict it’ll be an official single during this Kelly Clarkson era. The latest, titled “Take You High,” is an uplifting anthem featuring heavenly strings and a melodic electronic beat.

At first, I was ‘meh’ about it, but after subsequent listens, it started to grow on me. I like the hook where the 32-year-old’s vocals are given a stuttering effect. For Kelly, it’s somewhat experimental and out of her comfort zone. Check out the latest cut off her seventh studio LP below.

listen to the track after the jump

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Recently, Kelly Clarkson made comments to BBC Radio 1 that were twisted and misconstrued. The 32-year-old original American Idol winner stated she had problems wrangling up A-list singers to duet with. The travesty ;)

“I honestly would collaborate with a lot of people, but everyone usually says no. I’m not kidding you. I have legitimately asked several people that I’m not going to call out, and that’s cool, but I don’t know.”

As it turns out, the “Heartbeat Song” singer was just joking. She cleared up the misunderstanding on Twitter this week.

“Ok, I was making a joke about people not singing with me! The press is really twisting this comment just FYI! No big deal. New story please. Obviously my humor is not translating ha!”

With that being said, there is only duet on her forthcoming album, Piece By Piece. Like they say, there’s a grain of truth in every joke.

Run Run Run” is the latest track that Clarkson is premiering off her new LP which drops on March 3. It features John Legend with whom she judged alongside with on the short-lived ABC singing competition, Duets. Check out their collaboration below.

listen to the duet after the jump

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Kelly Clarkson drops her seventh studio album next week. After the underwhelming lead cut, “Heartbeat Song,” I was a little worried for my girl. Thankfully, the sensational Sia-penned “Invincible” which premiered yesterday erased any doubts. The 32-year-old singer released another gem today.

Piece By Piece” tells the story of a father abandoning his family. When the girl grows up, her faith in men is restored when she meets and falls in love with her soulmate. The drum-based mid-tempo track is the title track of Kelly’s forthcoming LP.

A total of five new songs will be released this working week via iTunes. I can’t wait to hear what else Clarkson has in store for us. Check out “Piece By Piece” below.

listen to the track after the jump

Kelly Clarkson Is ‘Invincible’ With Sia

In: Donovan, Music
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NOW THIS IS MORE LIKE IT!!! After the underwhelming lead cut, Kelly Clarkson delivers a scorching new track off her forthcoming album, Piece by Piece.

While “Heartbeat Song” grew on me (albeit at a snail’s pace), it’s by far her worst-charting lead single in recent memory. The verses are solid but the hook is weak. In essence, the track is a poor man’s version of Kelly’s bigger hits.

Thankfully, we now have “Invincible” written by the one and only Sia Furler. The empowering anthem has potential hit written all over it. Kelly’s signature powerful vocals shine on the Greg Kurstin and Jesse Shatkin-produced number. With this new song, I have faith that Clarkson’s new LP won’t be a bomb. Give “Invincible” a listen below.

listen to the track after the jump

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, naturally everyone including Kelly Clarkson is in a romantic kind of mood. The 32-year-old singer shows numerous couples engaging in flirty lovey-dovey acts in her newly-released “Heartbeat Song” music video.

Overall, it’s a cute clip. Kelly, like she did in her “Catch My Breath” visual, uses every camera trick possible to hid her post-pregnancy weight. Gauzy filters and plenty above-the-bust shots are used whenever Kelly is on screen. I say embrace the weight, girl. She looks adorable no matter what size she is. Check out the clip below.

watch video after the jump

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