Proving she could sing anything and sound great on it, Kelly Clarkson nails a cover of Coldplay and Rihanna’s “Princess of China“. She’s so flawless, perhaps Chris Martin should’ve called her up instead of the “We Found Love” singer. Queen Kelly, actually makes the track sound better than it is. Imagine her flying in the air fighting Martin à la “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” instead of RiRi. Now that’s she’s skinny Kelly again, I’m sure those straps would’ve held ;)
Not even jet lag could bring down Clarkson’s powerful vocals. Early Wednesday morning in London, the original “American Idol” performed an acoustic set for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge series. As usual, the radio station requires the visiting artist to perform a cover of a contemporary song. Given that Kelly’s recent tour involved a covers segment, you’d think she’d do an encore performance of one of those tracks. Not so, for my precious Kelly. Instead she chose Coldplay and Rihanna’s collaboration “Princess of China”. Listen to an audio of Kelly slaying it hardcore below.
If you’re a Kelly fan like myself, you should also check out the acoustic version of her current single, “Dark Side“. It’s also quite good.
In the chorus of the song, Clarkson sings, “Everybody’s got a dark side / Do you love me? / Can you love mine? / Nobody’s a picture perfect | But we’re worth it | Will you love me? / Even with my dark side?” I love the lyrics in this song.
In between clips of Clarkson singing to the camera in the video, we’re given a glimpse into the private moments of many individuals exposing their “dark side”. Drug addiction, alcoholism, divorce, bullying, and even being a war amputee are just some of the personal secrets and insecurities that are brought to light in the video. Towards the end, a flower blossoms and the sun rises – the dark side becomes light. Clarkson even takes the time to hug a few of these individuals towards the end, showing them she loves them, despite their dark side.
Tonight, I was busy filming an upcoming music video so I’m sorry that this results post is a little delayed. If you’re still one of the few who missed it and haven’t Googled the answer to the question, “Who won Dancing With the Stars, Season 14,” then you’re in luck because I’ve got the answer right here. It’s been a competitive season and one of my favorites to watch and critique. At this point it’s anybody’s game but, only one couple can win that coveted mirror ball trophy.
Of course, tonight’s finale results show wouldn’t be complete without 40 minutes full of filler. Tonight, a few selected couples will hit the floor with revamped versions of some of their favorite routines. I’m not going to put them all in as they would take up too much space but you can check them all out here. However, I will share with you Kelly Clarkson’s performance of her new single “Dark Side” which she mashed up with her hit single, “Stronger.” But most importantly, you’ll be able to watch the video that determines who won the trophy this season. Check it all out below.
Last night, the top artists and groups in music came to together in Las Vegas to celebrate their chart success at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. Set the MGM Grand and hosted by Modern Family’s funny couple Ty Burrell & Julie Bowen, the night was a non-stop pop music fest filled with many live performances and long-winded acceptance speeches. While I have normally been a fan of this show int he past, I feel that this year, the entire show fell a little flat. I also felt like ABC forgot how to shoot an awards show as many times, the camera angles and shots were completely disoriented. But, let’s get back to the actually awards themselves.
There was no denying Adele as she literally sweeped multiple categories winning a total of 9 awards. Party Rock duo LMFAO weren’t far behind her as their summer anthem from last year won them multiple trophies. A long-winded Justin Bieber took home the trophy for most active social media artist and Billboard’s best new artist was named, Wiz Khalifa. The night was also filled with tons of performances.
LMFAO kicked off the show with a medley of their hits which included and shuffling zebra in sparkly underwear. To be honest, it was pretty awesome. Kelly Clarkson debuted her new single “Dark Side” for their crowd and the boys from The Wanted had the girls in the house screaming until they had lost their voices. Usher’s performance of “Scream” wasn’t my favorite and the concept for Justin Bieber’s performance of “Boyfriend” was completely unrelated to anything about the song. Favorite performances for me go to Carly Rae Jepsen as she skipped around stage to “Call Me Maybe” and Nelly Furtado’s rendition of her new track, “Big Hoops.” But, nothing was more touching then John Legend and Jordin Sparks’ tribute to Whitney Houston. Check out all of the night’s performances and winners below.
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.
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.
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…
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 EW.com 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 EW.com’s Top 30 below.