In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan where thousands of lives were lost, the recording industry is banding together to raise money for the relief efforts. The three major record labels- Sony, Warner Music and Universal- created a compilation album titled Songs for the Philippines. It features 39 hit songs from some of the biggest names in the business.
Spanning multiple genres, you’ll find music from Justin Timberlake, Bob Dylan, Josh Groban, P!nk, Madonna and countless others. While some tracks like “Carry On” by Bruno Mars, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson and “Brave” from Sara Bareilles feel appropriate, others seem out of place. “Best Song Ever” by One Direction and “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera have me scratching my head. Oh well, I suppose casting the net a little wider doesn’t hurt. It’s nice to see artists with Filipino heritage also taking part, including Jessica Sanchez, Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap and Mars.
All the artists, record companies and music publishers working on the project have waived fees. The compilation album is available on iTunes for only $9.99 with all proceeds being donated to the cause. Even if you have several of the tracks already in your music collection, I urge you to purchase the album. It’s a small price to shell out to help so many. On a day where many of us have so much to be thankful for, it’s nice to think of others who are less fortunate. If you want to donate more, there’s a link to the Red Cross from iTunes.
For his tenth studio album, Robbie Williams decided to record another swing album. It’ll feature an eclectic mix of standards and swing tunes. He previously released Sing When You’re Winning back in 2011 which featured duets with Nicole Kidman, Frank Sinatra and Rupert Everett to name a few.
For the 39-year-old entertainer’s second swing LP titled Swings Both Ways, he’s enlisted an even more impressive motley crew of musicians to collaborate with. Among them include Olly Murs, Rufus Wainwright, Lily Allen, Michael Buble and none other than Kelly Clarkson. The two harmonize beautifully on “Little Green Apples.” Check it out below. Clarkson sounds phenomenal as always. Swings Both Ways hits streets on November 18.
The more I hear this Christmas jingle, the more I’m ready for the holiday season. That’s saying a lot considering it’s still only October. “Underneath The Tree” is definitely going to be the Yuletide hit of the year. Expect to hear it nonstop on your local radio station this December.
Kelly Clarkson just debuted the lyric video for her potential modern classic. As expected, it’s joyful and adorable. It features fun and bright-colored animations of animals, trees, presents and other objects you’d expect to see on a perfect snowy Christmas day. Check it out below.
A couple days after tweeting wedding pics, Kelly Clarkson shares a gorgeous video of her big day. Talk about a blushing bride. The now Mrs. Brandon Blackstock looks absolutely ravishing and glowing as she says I do to Reba McEntire’s stepson. Her happiness is so infectious you can’t help but smile slash get misty as you watch the short montage.
Set to Patty Griffin’s “Heavenly Day,” the visual gives a glimpse of her intimate wedding at Blackberry Farms in Tennessee. Watching it almost, almost being the operative word, makes me want to walk down the aisle with Brian. After all it’s been 13 years. I guess it’s about time ;)
Here’s a little American Idol fun fact. The headpiece she’s wearing was co-designed by her fellow Season 1 alum Jim Verraros. Who knew they were such good friends, let alone still talked? Watch her magical day below.
After Kelly Clarkson picked up her marriage certificate last week, everyone knew the big day was just around the corner. After all, the document is good for only 30 days from the date of issue. Turns out the day was sooner rather than later. Clarkson married her fiance Brandon Blackstock yesterday in a ceremony held at Blackberry Farms in Tennessee. Like most celebs these days, Kelly confirmed her nuptials via Twitter rather than through a publicist.
“I’m officially Mrs. Blackstock :) We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!” – Kelly Clarkson
Kelly previously mentioned that due to their busy schedules they nixed the big wedding they had planned and considered eloping. It appears she had an intimate ceremony. Can’t wait to hear who was all in attendance. Congratulations to the happy couple.
In other Kelly-related news, an audio stream featuring 30-second snippets of all her holiday tracks has surfaced. As expected, Wrapped In Red is fantastic. It has the feel of a classic Christmas album but infused with contemporary touches. Not surprisingly, her voice sounds phenomenal on everything. This will definitely be on rotation while I decorate my tree. Preview her new album below, along with more pics from her wedding.
Ask and you shall receive. Just the other day, Kelly Clarkson previewed her forthcoming first ever Christmas album. While her rendition of “White Christmas” was as flawless as her numerous covers, I hoped her entire LP wasn’t just filled with rehashes of holiday favorites. Thankfully, it’s not. The 31-year-old American Idol winner debuted a new track that will undoubtedly become a modern classic. It’s just one of several original compositions featured on Wrapped In Red.
“Underneath The Tree” is everything you’d want from a Yuletide anthem. It has sleigh bells, a catchy hook and a cheerful vibe, giving it a familiar feel even though it’s an original track. With an upcoming music video and Kelly’s NBC holiday special, Kelly Clarkson’s (Cautionary) Christmas Tale, airing in early December, I fully expect “Underneath The Tree” to get major radio airplay. Check it out below.
Typically, I avoid anything Christmas-related this far away from the actual day. In addition Halloween still hasn’t arrived yet. However, since us Canucks just celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend and this post involves my girl Kelly Clarkson, I’m willing to make an exception.
With just a little over two months away from December 25, the record labels have begun pushing their yuletide offerings. Getting into the game this year is none other than the original American Idol. I can’t believe in her decade-long plus career, Kelly hasn’t released a Christmas album yet. Shocker. This offering will definitely be the must-buy stocking stuffer of the year.
The first promotional single off Wrapped In Red is a cover of the classic “White Christmas.” It’s beautiful, soulful, a little jazzy and all Clarkson. Hopefully, there will be at least one original holiday track on the album. As much as I love traditional Christmas songs, I enjoy a contemporary one. I need something to go along with modern(ish) classics from Mariah Carey, Wham! and Destiny’s Child. Listen to Kelly’s holiday spirit below.
In the battle of returning beloved veteran sitcom actors, Robin Williams‘ Crazy Ones handily beat Michael J. Fox’s NBC sitcom, 15.6 million versus 7.3 million. Perhaps, a reason for the slaughter was the special guest appearance by Kelly Clarkson. The original American Idol winner fit right in with the talented cast. She’s definitely come a long way since her movie debut, From Justin To Kelly.
In the series premiere, Clarkson plays a heightened version of herself and is approached to sing a jingle for a McDonalds commercial. She only agrees to it as long as they sex it up. Kelly wants a sexy image makeover. Lucky girl gets to bump and grind with hunky James Wolk as they sing the praises of hamburgers. It’s not the meat, but rather the motion, she wails. Best line of the clip is when Sarah Michelle Gellar horrifyingly exclaims that she’s about to see America’s sweetheart orgasm.
I have to say, I enjoyed Crazy Ones much more than I thought I would. I had no intention of sampling it until I saw Clarkson was on board. Within seconds I was hooked, I’m sure in part to David E. Kelly’s writing. After all, he was the man behind Ally McBeal and Private Practice. Check out Clarkson’s guest appearance below.