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.
Poor Kelly Clarkson. Anything wedding-related hasn’t worked out for her. Her country track “Tie It Up” hasn’t done well on the charts and she nixed her big wedding in favor of eloping. And now this.
The original American Idol shelled over $235,000 to purchase a ring previously owned by Jane Austen. According to USA Today, she planned on wearing it as her engagement ring. Problem is, a committee review denied Kelly’s application to export it from the UK. They deemed it should stay in the country since it’s an heirloom.
A fundraising campaign was launched to raise enough money to purchase it back from Clarkson. In the end, nearly $240,000 was donated. The ring is now expected to go on display at the Jane Austen museum in the delightful village of Chawton. For her part, Kelly isn’t at all bitter about the whole debacle.
“The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it at Jane Austen’s House Museum.” – Clarkson
On the heels of her performance at the CMA Festival, Kelly Clarkson debuts the music clip for “Tie Me Up.” It’s about friggin’ time the bride-to-be release an accompanying vid for her country single. Given the song title and Kelly being in bridal mode, naturally the visual has a wedding theme.
Initially, Clarkson asked her fans to submit their wedding photos for a lyric video. Instead, she decided to incorporate them in the official clip. In between all the photos of cake, groomsmen, bridesmaids and raucous receptions, Kelly is shown getting jiggy with it on stage with her band. Since her real-life nuptials are taking place in the Fall, the original American Idol catches the bouquet at the end of the vid. Make no mistake. This bitch is walking down the aisle, if it kills her ;) Check out the adorable clip below.
Kelly Clarkson sure is jonesing to walk down the aisle. The 31-year-old singer definitely has bridal fever. Her fiance Brandon Blackstock better put a ring on it, and quickly. Their rumored October wedding date can’t get here soon enough based on Clarkson’s recent actions. First, she put on a white gown for her “Tie Me Up” cover art (above) and now she finds herself in wedding attire once again.
“Ok, just saw my engagement shoot pics & I have to share one!!! :) Thanks @kobyb & @TerilynBrown! Ready to #TieItUp!” she wrote on Twitter. Kelly looks absolutely adorable in the portrait. She’s seen sitting in a huge window frame while reading a book. A wall of floor-to-ceiling book shelves surrounds her. If her actual wedding dress is anything like the one in the pic, Kelly is going to make for one ravishing bride. Check it out below.
After airing on NBC for three seasons, Lisa Kudrow brings her genealogy documentary series to TLC. Who Do You Think You Are? premieres tonight on the network. To kick off the fourth season, Kelly Clarkson has been tapped to trace her family tree. The 31-year-old original American Idol discovers that her great great great grandfather, Isaiah Rose, was involved in the Civil War.
Having watched the show, I’m sure her relative was some do-gooder. I would love it one time to have a celebrity discover a shady past. That would be priceless. Other stars participating this season are Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Trisha Yearwood, Jim Parsons and Chris O’Donnell. Check out a preview of the season premiere below.
She’s dabbled in country music before, but Kelly Clarkson is going full out hoedown with her new track. The 31-year-old debuted “Tie It Up” a couple of weeks ago during a live performance at the 2013 CMA Festival in Nashville, but now we have a high-quality studio version of it. It’s part country, part rock but 100 percent Kelly. Let’s face it. Deep down, the original American Idol is a country girl at heart.
“So @GoCountry105 just played my new country single “Tie It Up”!!,” the 31-year-old singer wrote on her Twitter account. “Thank you Go Country!! I was having a rough day. Y’all made it better.”
“Tie It Up” serves as the first promotional single off her upcoming sixth studio album. With a greatest hits album under her belt, does this track signal a new era for Clarkson? Is she forgoing mainstream radio for Nashville? After all, she’s marrying into country royalty. Her fiance Brandon Black is Reba McEntire’s stepson. Give her twangy new song a listen below and see if you like “country” Kelly more than “pop” Kelly. “Tie It Up” is scheduled to hit iTunes and other digital platforms on June 25.