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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.

This coming Tuesday (February 21), Glee will debut their winter finale titled On My Way before going on a gigantic hiatus not returning until April. Say it ain’t so! Thankfully, it looks like the FOX hit will be going out with a bang for their sectionals competition. Also, Sebastian (Grant Gustin) is returning to reek havoc for the kids on the McKinley High glee club and this time, he’s sinking to a brand new low.

Thanks to a sneak peek provided by E! Online, Sebastian tries to blackmail Rachel with a photoshopped nude photo of Finn wearing women’s heels. If Rachel and the New Directions don’t drop out of sectionals within 24 hours, Sebastian threatens to upload the photos online. What will they do?

In anticipation for Tuesday’s show, FOX has offered up two clips of performances from sectionals. The first is The Warblers tackling British boyband The Wanted’s single, “Glad You Came“. If you’ve been following my Wanted posts, you’ll know that they’ve been taking the US by storm with their mini tour and television appearances. Now, with their song appearing on Glee, I think it’s fair to say, the boys are glad they came to the US to promote their music.

Kicking off the New Directions’ performance is a cover of Kelly Clarkson’Stronger“. However, don’t expect to see the boys in this performance. The fallen Trouble Tones are taking the stage for this one lead by Santana, Brittany and Mercedes. I have to say, this kick at a Kelly song is way better than their attempt at last season’s My Life Would Suck Without You. Check out both performances and catch a sneak peek at Sebastian’s scheming below.

Watch both performances after the jump.

Kelly Clarkson is riding high on the charts with “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” currently at No. 8 on the charts. The single off her fifth studio album is Clarkson’s tenth Top 10 song on Billboard’s Hot 100. Man, where does the time fly. It seems just like yesterday when Kelly was belting out “A Moment Like This” on the finale of “American Idol’s” inaugural season.

Kelly is currently busy on tour in North America to support her latest album, but she found time to remix “Stronger’s” lead cut. The 29-year-old singer has given “Mr. Know It All” a country twist, replacing the pop beat with guitar and banjo rhythms. To be perfectly honest, I sorta like it better than the original. I always knew I was a country boy at heart;) Perhaps, this will give the track some new life and might find itself on country radio. Watch out Carrie Underwood, Clarkson is encroaching on your territory.

listen to a countrified Kelly Clarkson after the jump

It’s that time of year again when another American Idol season is upon us. Before tonight’s premiere, I thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and rank the best songs from previous Idol contestants. If American Idol didn’t exist, perhaps a few of these songs would’ve never been hits. Love it or hate it, American Idol is a huge force in the music industry and has churned out one multi-platinum artist after another.

Originally, I was going to keep it down to ten tracks, but I couldn’t narrow it down to just ten. Another thing to keep in mind while checking out the list is, I imposed a two song maximum per artist. Let’s face it, I could’ve filled the list completely from songs solely from Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood alone. Also, no coronation songs were eligible since I’m doing a post, ranking the American Idol cheesy winner’s song at a later date. Without further ado, here’s my Top 15 Tracks From American Idol Contestants.

check the Top 15 list after the jump

The Voice 2: Meet This Season’s Mentors

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

Traditionally come January time, I wait with bated breath for “American Idol” to premiere. After the addicting first season of “The Voice“, I’m actually looking more forward for the NBC singing competition to begin rather than Fox’s venerable hit. I never thought I’d say that, but you can’t deny the blind auditions are absolutely brilliant. I’d rather watch two hours of Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton spinning around in their swivel-chairs than those planted awful auditions on Idol. I still love Idol, but I’m so tired of those bad singers monopolizing the early part of the competition. Can I get an “amen”?

Given that the second season premiere of “The Voice” is airing after Super Bowl XLVI, it’s only fitting that the NBC reality show is super-sizing some aspects of the show for its return. Last season, each judge had a fellow musician help them mentor their respective team during the battle rounds. This time around, Christina, Adam, Cee Lo and Blake will each have two music superstars at their side. The other day, I first revealed that Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert will be working with Shelton with his army of singers. Now find out who the other judges have by their side.

“These renowned musicians will bring their unique and recognizable musical styles to the teams. They are well-respected singers whose invaluable experience will be a tremendous asset to Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s artists,” Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president, late night and alternative programming stated.

check out the mentors after the jump

VH1’s beloved franchise “Divas Live” which raises funds for their Save The Music Foundation aired it’s concert last night. Headlining the 2011 concert were Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J. and Jill Scott. In past years, they’ve revolved the show around a particular diva or honored people, like the US troops last year. This time around, the Divas celebrated music from great soul cities like Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia.

I have to say, it was definitely one of the better VH1 Divas concerts in recent memory. The evening kicked things off in style with a banging group number by Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson. In addition to the Divas, the evening included an incredible line-up of performers including Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius, Travie McCoy, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Martha Reeves and Ledisi.  Even though they didn’t headline the show, Badu, Ambrosius and Ledisi all impressed whenever they took the stage. Jill Scott should’ve been swapped out for one of these three ladies.

On deck to present film segments and performances were Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Nas, Common, Sherri Shepherd, La La Anthony, and Archie Panjabi. PS. Is anyone else out there looking forward to Latifah and Parton’s upcoming comedy, “Joyful Noise“? It definitely looks cheesy, but I totally want to see it. I’m definitely calling dibs on press passes.

see what my five favorite moments from this year’s show were after the jump

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