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The Pepsi NFL Anthems campaign launched today with the release of Kelly Clarkson‘s “Get Up (A Cowboys Anthem)” and it’s so good! The song is available for free download on the Pepsi Anthems website which I have included a link for below.

The anthems quest “was born from this insight that sports and music are intersecting in more ways than ever,” said Todd Kaplan, Pepsi Sports Marketing director. “We wanted to partner with top artists, and a critical piece in the process was authenticity. We chose artists with a true passion for their favorite NFL teams and their hometowns.”

Clarkson was the perfect choice to team up with the Dallas Cowboys. She’s from Fort Worth so naturally that’s the team she’d cheer for and she’s pretty much a proven success with the many “anthems” of her own. With that, Kelly and the Cowboys created a song together that would appeal to everyone. When Pepsi first approached Kelly about writing the song, she was so excited she wrote the lyrics that same night. Listen and download the new upbeat track below!

Listen & download after the jump…

Kelly Clarkson’s hit, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)“, certainly lives up to its name. Not only is it the original Idol winner’s longest-running chart topper of her career, but it just became the best-selling “American Idol” single of all time. Congrats. The empowering track surpasses previous champion “Before He Cheats” sung by Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood.

As of last week’s Neilsen SoundScan numbers, “Stronger” has sold 3,510,000 singles, just narrowly beating “Before He Cheat’s” 3,509,000 units. Just in case you were wondering, Jordin Sparks earns the bronze in the Idol Olympics. Her duet with Chris Brown on “No Air” is in third place with 3,437,000 singles sold to date.

find out which record Carrie still holds over Kelly after the jump

Adele & Gotye Top Mid-Year Soundscan Charts

In: Donovan, Music

We’re halfway through 2012, and what better time than now to reflect on the past six months in music. Soundscan has tallied mid-year sales totals for both albums and singles, giving us the Top 20 in each category. For the first time ever, only one album has moved more than one million units at this point of the year. Not surprisingly, it’s Adele’s “21” that holds that honor. Her sophomore album also held the top spot at the mid-year point in 2011 and eventually came out on top at the end of the year. The British songbird is on her way to topping the charts again for 2012. If she does, it’ll be the first time an album lands at No. 1 on the year-end chart two years running. Amazing.

Coming in the runner-up slot for best-selling album is Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee“. Not to shabby for the veteran singer who came out of left field with this surprise hit. This album was his first No. 1 since 1996’s “Dancing on the Ceiling“. The third-biggest selling set is from British group One Direction. When their CD dropped, it became the first debut album by a UK group to ever bow at No. 1. Next up is Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Hit’s” set, obviously buoyed by her untimely death. Rounding out the Top 5 is another NOW compilation. I can’t believe there have been 41 editions from the franchise. Who is buying these albums?

Over on the Top Singles chart, Australian singer Gotye is top dog. His infection hit has moved 5,501,000 downloads. “Somebody That I Used To Know” could become the first song to pass the six million mark. Coming in second place is fun’s duet with Janelle Monae with 5,087,000. Potential summer song of 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” lands in third place with 4,064,000. Rounding out the Top 5 are Kelly Clarkson and Nicki Minaj with “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and “Starships” respectively. Check out the entire Top 20 list for both categories below.

check out the Top 20 albums and singles downloads after the jump

Tonight, Canada rocked the corner of Queen and John in the heart of Toronto for the annual MuchMusic Video Awards aptly nicknamed the MMVAs. The night celebrates the best in Canadian music with a little bit of International flare. Joining the usual MuchMusic VJ’s on stage to present were Party Rockers LMFAO who kicked off the show with a bang. Joining them on stage was none other than Canada’s current it-girl, Carly Rae Jepsen.

Speaking of Carly Rae, home girl walked away with three awards throughout the evening including the biggest award of the night, Video of the Year. The night included some heavy hitting presenters like sexy men Chord Overstreet and Jesse Metcalfe along with appearances from Selena Gomez and Perez Hilton.

The night was also alive with performances from international stars Justin Bieber and Nelly Furtado who originally hail from Canada along with superstars Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry. Canadian talent was also represented well with performances from Hedley and Rock Video of the Year winners, Mariana’s Trench. Check out the evening’s rockin’ performances and winners’ circle below.

Check out a few of the evening’s performances and winners’ circle after the jump.

Over the weekend, pretty much all of the biggest names in music right now performed at the Capital FM Summertime Ball 2012 at Wembley Stadium in London. You may recall that yesterday I posted a special DJ Earworm mashup of all of these songs & performers. If you haven’t checked it out the video and downloaded the song (free), you should.

With artists like Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, The Wanted, Cheryl Cole, Usher, Carly Rae Jepsen, Connor Maynard and countless others, it was one epic concert that I would have loved to have been at.

I’ve compiled a bunch of the performances from many of the big artists that were there. Of course many performed multiple songs, but I decided to choose some of my favorites. Cheryl Cole’s, “Call My Name” performance was hot! Enjoy the videos below.

Watch a bunch of the performance after the jump…

If you’ve been checking out Duets, you’ve probably noticed that Kelly Clarkson has slimmed down quite a bit and is looking better than ever. She recently revealed to Redbook that she has lost 30 pounds. However, her end goal isn’t to be super skinny but to remain healthy and happy. She definitely isn’t afraid to show off her new slimmed down bod. At the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, Kelly sported a form-fitting red dress with plunging neckline – and she looked great!

To assist with the “new her,” Kelly was recently seen in London sporting some new blonde locks. Opting for more of a caramel than previous bleach blonde looks, Kelly fresh and free with the new color. She also managed to keep those blunt bangs she debuted in February. I’m not 100% sure if I am a fan of those. Check it out below.

Check out Kelly’s blonde locks after the jump.

Kelly Clarkson Covers Rihanna & Coldplay

In: Donovan, Music

Proving she could sing anything and sound great on it, Kelly Clarkson nails a cover of Coldplay and Rihanna’s “Princess of China“. She’s so flawless, perhaps Chris Martin should’ve called her up instead of the “We Found Love” singer. Queen Kelly, actually makes the track sound better than it is. Imagine her flying in the air fighting Martin à la “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” instead of RiRi. Now that’s she’s skinny Kelly again, I’m sure those straps would’ve held 😉

Not even jet lag could bring down Clarkson’s powerful vocals. Early Wednesday morning in London, the original “American Idol” performed an acoustic set for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge series. As usual, the radio station requires the visiting artist to perform a cover of a contemporary song. Given that Kelly’s recent tour involved a covers segment, you’d think she’d do an encore performance of one of those tracks. Not so, for my precious Kelly. Instead she chose Coldplay and Rihanna’s collaboration “Princess of China”. Listen to an audio of Kelly slaying it hardcore below.

If you’re a Kelly fan like myself, you should also check out the acoustic version of her current single, “Dark Side“. It’s also quite good.

listen to both performances after the jump

Having just performed her new single “Dark Side” on the season finale of DWTS on Tuesday, Kelly Clarkson has just debuted the accompanying music video and we’ve got your first look.

In the chorus of the song, Clarkson sings, “Everybody’s got a dark side / Do you love me? / Can you love mine? / Nobody’s a picture perfect | But we’re worth it | Will you love me? / Even with my dark side?” I love the lyrics in this song.

In between clips of Clarkson singing to the camera in the video, we’re given a glimpse into the private moments of many individuals exposing their “dark side”. Drug addiction, alcoholism, divorce, bullying, and even being a war amputee are just some of the personal secrets and insecurities that are brought to light in the video. Towards the end, a flower blossoms and the sun rises – the dark side becomes light. Clarkson even takes the time to hug a few of these individuals towards the end, showing them she loves them, despite their dark side.

Watch the video after the jump…

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