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We’re getting closer to the season of finale of Glee and the upcoming graduation of some of our favorite characters. I’m still very interested to see what kind of direction the show will take when most of its players depart from the halls of McKinley High. In this week’s episode, Rachel and Kurt finally hit the stage for their NYADA auditions which are being judged by none other than Whoopi Goldberg. Perfection. It’s seems that Broadway may be the theme minus a few other tracks thrown into the mix.

The boys and the girls each get their own time to shine. The boys take on a “My Fair Lady” classic with a punk/rock twist in “The Rain In Spain” while the girls throw some shade in “Cell Block Tango” originally from “Chicago”. For what I assume to be Rachel and Kurt’s NYADA auditions, we’ll also hear a song from “The Boy From Oz.” But wait, no Barbara Streisand for Rachel’s audition? I am absolutely shocked.

The three contemporary hits in the playlist are Florence and the Machine’s “Shake It Out” along with Kelly Clarkson’s “Cry“. Appropriately with the end of the school year ahead, Puck and crew rock out to the Alice Cooper classic rock hit, “School’s Out“. In my opinion, the track list is a little all over the place. I’m interested to find out how these songs all work out in context. Give them all a listen below.

Listen to all the songs from Glee’s “Choke” after the jump.

Kelly Clarkson Announces Summer Tour With The Fray

In: Music, Patrick

Yesterday morning, Kelly Clarkson and The Fray‘s Isaac Slade announced via a call with ”On Air with Ryan Seacrest” that they would be going on tour together this summer. The tour will help support each of their albums, Stronger and Scars & Stories, respectively.

“We were kind of doing a radio circuit together and we did a couple together. We got to sing a Christmas song together on stage and we just sounded really good together, so I was like: ‘Man, we should tour or something.’” explained Kelly on ‘On Air With Ryan Seacrest’. “If you want to see us both together we’re going to maybe sing together in the show as well. It will be cool.”

In addition to the tour, Clarkson is also working on her new show, ‘Duets‘. “It starts up May 24th, so it will be cool. I love it because I get to perform with them each week. We’ll see which one of my duet partners kind of out does the other,” says Kelly. “The shows brand new, so I’m kind of excited to see how evolves.” Check out their tour dates and locations below.

Tour dates, cities, and poster after the jump…

This post was originally intended to discuss Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” tour coming to a close, but after watching “American Idol’s” results show on Thursday I decided to amend my original idea. With Jessica Sanchez almost receiving the boot, it reminded me of all the other Idol contestants who were gone too soon. From Jennifer Hudson, Pia Toscano, Trenyce, etc… some were eliminated way ahead of their time. Most notably, Miss Tamyra Gray.

This former beauty queen was one of my favorites to win the inaugural season of Idol. Sadly, both Nikki McKibbin and Justin Guarini outlasted her, giving us the show’s first shocking boot. All these years, I could only imagine what a finale with Kelly Clarkson and Gray would’ve sounded like. These two divas could’ve really brought down the house. Thankfully, to a couple of special appearances on Kelly’s tour, I no longer have to imagine it. Tamyra joined Clarkson for Whitney Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” and “When You Believe“. The duet on the latter was amazing and embedded it below for your viewing pleasure.

As mentioned earlier, I was originally going to just highlight all my favorite Kelly Clarkson covers from her recent tour. During a segment for each stop, Clarkson performed a song cover based on fan requests. I’ve already shared her previous covers of both Madonna and Shania Twain, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. The “Since U Been Gone” singer has covered everyone from Coldplay, Radiohead, Pink, Etta James, Tracy Chapman and even Britney Spears during her fan appreciation segment. I’ve gone through a whole whack of them on YouTube and picked my favorites. Enjoy them. Listening to all the covers reminds me of Kelly’s time on the Idol stage. Oh, memories

check out the covers below

Last week Entertainment Weekly gave us a sneak peek at it’s music issue. Naturally, Adele graced the cover where the publication names the “30 Greatest Artists Right Now“. With the British Songbird selling millions of copies of her second album “21” (what sophomore slump???) and her domination at this year’s Grammys, Adele is not only the perfect choice for the cover but also as their No. 1 musician right now. Her success is nothing short of remarkable given that she wasn’t able to promote it for months due to surgery. She truly is changing the face of music today. Everyone’s trying to find and sign the next Adele.

Ranking the “30 Greatest Artists” of the moment is a dicey situation and is certainly going out on a limb. You’re bound to piss some people off with omissions and how low their favorite artist ranks on the list, if they make the cut. For instance, Lady Gaga and Beyonce barely make the list and don’t even crack the Top 20. At least they made it. I’m sure my Seattle friends and Patrick will be annoyed that their beloved Britney Spears was snubbed from the list.

Even a bigger omission, IMHO, is Madonna. Sure, she’s prehistoric but she did just clock in her eighth No. 1 album last week. Even equally fellow geriatric Bruce Springsteen ranked on the list. Why the Madonna hate??? That being said, I’m happy that a few non marquee names made the cut- Azealia Banks, fun. and Gotye all got some loving. See who else made’s Top 30 below.

see if your favorite artist made the list and what place after the jump

What Are The Two Biggest Songs of 2012 So Far?

In: Donovan, Music

Boy, does time fly. I can’t believe we’re almost a quarter of the way done 2012 already? Where does the time go? Since April is almost upon us, I thought I’d share the two biggest singles of 2012. It’s never to early to start looking at the race for year-end Billboard supremacy, if you ask me. Last year, Adele earned that title with “Rolling In The Deep“? Can she do it again? She did clean house at this year’s Grammys after all.

Up until this week, a certain artist held the honor of having the biggest song of the year so far. Sadly for them, they were usurped according to Billboard’s latest chart. Wondering who the Top 2 are? Here’s a couple of hints. Both singles were featured in car commercials and covered by the cast of “Glee” this season. Keep reading to find out.

find out what the Top 2 songs are after the jump

Kelly Clarkson Covers Shania Twain & Madonna

In: Donovan, Music

Kelly Clarkson is currently on her “Stronger Tour” promoting her fifth studio album. The concert has been met with positive reviews from both critics and fans alike. During a segment of her show, the original American Idol returns to her roots and performs covers of well known hits. It’s like Season One of the FOX singing competition all over again. Instead of being saddled with theme weeks, Clarkson picks the songs based on fan requests. Depending on the particular night and city, Kelly belts out tracks from various genres. From pop, to rock to country, Clarkson delivers a solid cover every night.

So far on her tour, two particular covers have caught my eye. The first is from her recent concert in Ontario. Since she was on Canadian soil, the 29-year-old singer paid homage to a Canuck icon. Kelly gave a solid performance of Shania Twain’s signature balled, “You’re Still The One“. Speaking of ballads, the other cover that spoke to me was her take on Madonna’s 80’s hit “Crazy For You“. Clarkson’s performance of this track is good, I hope she records a studio version of it soon. I’d definitely buy it.

On a side note, it’s surprising that, to my recollection, I’ve never heard a cover of Madge’s ballad in any of the singing reality shows out there. It seems perfect for someone to have an Idol moment on. Check out both covers below and cast your vote on your favorite.

listen to both live covers after the jump

Meet Kelly Clarkson’s New Man

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Tyrell

For the past six years, Kelly Clarkson has been the unofficial spokesperson for single women all over the world. But now, it’s looking like Kelly is going to have to retire that flag for a while because she has officially announced she’s latched on to a new beau.

Kelly has fallen into the arms of her managers son, Brandon Blackstock, who also happens to be the step son of Reba McEntire, someone Kelly has dueted (and toured with) a few times in the past. Hmmm. How convenient. I wonder if she set them up?

Apparently, the two have been dating since last year and attended the Super Bowl together this year after watching Kelly bring the house down with her version of the American National anthem. See who this mystery man is and learn more below.

Check out Kelly’s new man after the jump.

Are you tired of watching singing competition shows on TV? You have to admit, the market has become a little saturated. Currently, we have FOX’s Idol and X Factor. NBC keeps it real with The Voice and now ABC is ready to try one of their own.

The concept? It’s all in the title: Duets. The show takes a note from the best part of the Idol finale – where amateur singers get to sing a song with their own celebrity idol. In the very vague press release from ABC, the show will center around four celebrity singers who will serve as judges and mentors. The judges will wittel the pack down to two singers each and then weekly, the pros will sing a duet with their picks. Yes you heard that correctly, the pros will sing live each week.

What’s the prize? The winner will walk away with a recording contract from Hollywood Records which is owned by ABC’s parent company, Disney. But the question on everyone’s mind is, “who will be the four pros?” Well I can you tell there is a major hint in the main image above. Check out the pros below.

Find out who the pros will be on “Duets” after the jump.

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