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VH1′s 2011 Divas Concert Reveals This Year’s Divas

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Last year, VH1′s popular concert series saluted the troops. This year, the beloved franchise is paying tribute to the cities where soul music was born. Can I get a hallelujah? The cities slated to be honored are Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Philadelphia and London. London, WTF? I guess with the resurgence of soul thanks to Adele, it sorta makes sense.

With soul music taking front and center, this year’s Divas lineup is packed with ladies who have some serious pipes. Sorry Miley Cyrus, your services aren’t needed this year. I still can’t get over the “Party In The USA” singer was deemed a Diva two years ago. So not fetch. Yes, Grechen Weiners I’m still trying to make it happen.

“This year’s ‘Divas’ offers a modern twist on soul music, all while tipping its hat to the legacy of key cities that created this musical heritage.” – Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development, VH1 and VH1 Classic

Taking place at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, some of today’s most powerful singers will be taking on timeless classics. As in previous years, this edition of “VH1 Divas” will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation and its programs to restore music education in public schools. “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” premieres Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1.

see this year’s six DIVAs after the jump

On Wednesday, Kelly Clarkson stopped by The View to chat with the ladies who always have a lot to say about everything. Of course as you probably already know, her fifth album “Stronger” just came out, so they definitely touched upon that. Certainly that’s not juicy enough for them, so they also dove into her love life (or lack thereof) and talked about the rumors about her sexuality – the lesbian rumors, to be more specific.

Clarkson explained, “I’ve dated some cool guys. I’ve never met anyone who I’m like, ‘I could spend the rest of my life with you.’” She then added, “I’m from a small town so, like, everyone’s married with children or about to have children. So it’s a little hard when you go home and people are like — and that’s why people think I’m gay – because they’re like ‘Why aren’t you married?’ And I’m like, ‘it doesn’t happen for everyone right off the bat.” Other than hearing the rumors that she’s gay, I’ve never heard of any specific stories regarding her sexuality so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Check out the candid interview, as well as her live performance of “Mr. Know It All” below.

Watch the segment & her performance after the jump…

On this week’s “Dancing With The Stars” result show, Kelly Clarkson dropped by to perform a couple of tracks. After her performance, host Tom Bergeron interviewed the “Since U Been Gone” singer. He teased her that they’d love to have her as a future contestant on the show. She didn’t look all that interested and awkwardly tried to change the subject.

I love Kelly Clarkson and I’ll say this as politely as possible, but … she should really consider going on the show. Most people usually lose a bit of weight due to the dance regime and Kell could tone up a bit. Hell, I’d join if they’d have me. To boot, I think she might go far in the competition. She wasn’t that bad executing choreography in that travesty, “From Justin To Kelly“.

Alas, I don’t think she’ll ever do it so me trying to convince her is probably a moot point. Even though DWTS isn’t her thing, the “American Idol” winner does want to appear on a certain network show. She’s even mounting a campaign to get on it. Find out which show below.

find out which show after the jump

Last night, the ballroom was transferred back in time to the 1980′s for a Manic Monday on Dancing With The Stars. We heard some epic tunes but failed to see a slew of amazing routines. Ricki Lake who has found a safe spot at the top fell short this week creating a new leader in J.R. However, crowd favorite Carson Kressley failed to impress with his routine. So, will he be saved by his fan base once again or will he be sent packing? Let’s find out.

Our first celebrities to find out their fate are Ricki Lake and Hope Solo. Ricki and Derek are safe but Hope and Maks are in jeopardy. After a quick montage on how the stars and their pro partners have got on, we’re treated to a performance of Mr. Know It All by Kelly Clarkson. I absolutely love this song and she sounded so great live tonight. Accompanied by Tristan and Kym on the floor, the performance was absolutely amazing!

Tonight, we were treated to an AT&T Spotlight Performance. This is to showcase a dancer who overcame extreme obstacles to pursue dance and how it’s changed their lives. Tonight, we were introduced to Charm Ladonna who despite growing up in Compton and watching her mother struggle to pay for dance classes, booked a tour with Madonna and used the money to pay her way through college. She then did an epic performance with Derek Hough and Mark Ballas to Till The World Ends. Anyone else notice the inspiration at the top of the number?

Find out who was eliminated after the jump.

Those baby blues of his may have helped Lee DeWyze top Crystal Bowersox for the “American Idol” Season 9 title, but they have done squat in selling albums. When DeWyze’s debut album sold a paltry 39,000 units in its first week, he earned the unwanted distinction of having the worst first week sales by any “American Idol” winner, or runner-up, for that matter. There’s only one direction to go, right? (Click here to see how all winners and runners up did in first week sales)

Many of his fans optimistically hoped that “Live It Up” would be a slow yet steady seller. A year later, those hopes and dreams have been squashed. With almost a year on store shelves, the album has only sold a disappointing 168,000 copies. The numbers were so sad, newly appointed RCA Records CEO Peter Edge dropped Lee from the label. When his option ran out at the end of September, the label said “thanks, but no thanks“.

RCA is still the home of several Idol winners. Which ones? You know, that ones that sell. Season 8′s Kris Allen, season 7′s David Cook, Season 6′s Jordin Sparks, season 4′s Carrie Underwood and season 1′s Kelly Clarkson all still call RCA home. Reigning Idol winner Scotty McCreery better sell records if he wants to stay in their company. Judging by estimated first week sales, he won’t have to worry.

see how many copies Scotty is estimated to sell in his first week

Kelly Clarkson‘s highly anticipated “Mr. Know It All” music video is finally here. Clarkson shows the many sides of herself in the video, including one where she’s all glammed up in a beautiful gown. “There’s different sides of me, and that whole outfit was more for all the freeing aspect,” she told MTV News. “Like, there’s all these different sides of you, and that was the free-spirit side of me. That’s one of my favorite shots in the video. It keeps coming back to my hair everywhere.”

“Miss Independent” makes her “Mr. Know It All” points when singing to a guy seated at a chair, as well as singing in front of a wall of tabloid headlines. The video features this giant “wall of doubt” with actual headlines that have been written about her that include: “Kelly Forgets Her Old Friends,” “29 & Still Single,” etc. “I think there’s that free-spirit side of me, and then there’s that feisty performer in me,” says Kelly. “Then there’s the funny side of me. I mean, obviously you have to be funny to have a big giant wall of doubt with actual headlines of your life on the wall. It’s a little fun, a little feisty.” By the end of the video, Clarkson tears down the headlines, to reveal a highway. She then steps through the hole she created (with the suitcase she packed earlier in the video) and gets on her way.

Watch the video below and let me know what you think! “Mr. Know It All” is the lead single from her “Stronger” album that comes out in October.

Watch the video after the jump…

Yesterday, Kelly Clarkson made a stop at The Ellen Degeneres Show to perform her new single, “Mr. Know It All.” The track is the lead-off single from Kelly’s upcoming album, “Stronger” which is due for release on October 25th. So, it’s no surprise that Clarkson is starting the press tour to promote the debut.

I actually love this track a lot but this performance is a little lackluster for me. Kelly’s vocals sound great but she didn’t seem super engaging. The track is also a pretty easy listen without a lot of flare. So, without anything happening on stage, I feel as though the performance came and went and nothing happened in between. But, you can decide for yourself when you check it out below.

After her performance, Kelly talked about her not so secret crush on Friday Night Lights star and now Emmy winner, Kyle Chandler. She goes on to tell Ellen that he’s the perfect kind of man but they don’t make them like that anymore. She also found out he’s married so she can’t stalk him now. Awkward.

Watch Kelly’s performance on Ellen after the jump…

Much to the delight of her fans (ahem…Donovan), the original “Idol” Kelly Clarkson has released the official album artwork for her upcoming album, “Stronger” and she looks absolutely stunning. She went with “Stronger” as the title of the album “mainly because the entire album is very much about empowerment and just strength overall and I love singing songs like that,” said Kelly Clarkson.

The album is set for release this fall on October 24th. Her first single, “Mr. Know It All“, debuted last week and is currently in the top 40 of USA TODAY’s AC and Hot AC charts. I absolutely love the song. It’s written by Ester Dean, Brian Kennedy and Brett James, and was previously described by some people as a fusion of Bruno Mars and P!nk. I can totally see that and it definitely makes me really excited about the rest of the album. If this song, and some of the other track leaks are any indication, the album is going to sound incredible and be very empowering, as her music always is.

Listen to “Mr. Know It All” after the jump…

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