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Kelly Brianne Clarkson Biography

Friday, April 6, 2012
Kelly Brianne Clarkson Biography

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, and occasional actress, who came into prominence after becoming the winner of the inaugural season of the television series American Idol in 2002. The following year, she became the runner-up on the television special World Idol.

Immediately after winning American Idol, Clarkson signed to RCA Records by talent manager Simon Fuller and music mogul Clive Davis, and released a double A-side single "Before Your Love"/"A Moment Like This" in 2002. Upon its release, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart by breaking the record for the biggest jump to number 1 in the chart's history and eventually became the best-selling single of 2002 in the United States. In 2003, Clarkson released her debut album Thankful, containing elements of a pop and contemporary R&B sound, which became a commercial success. Its first single, "Miss Independent", became an international hit, earning Clarkson her first Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Having parted ways with Fuller in 2004, Clarkson developed a more rock-oriented sound with the release of her second album, Breakaway under the management of Jeff Kwatinetz. The album became a critical and commercial success with its international hit singles "Breakaway", "Since U Been Gone", "Behind These Hazel Eyes", and Because of You, becoming her most successful album to date with over 14 million copies sold.

Kelly Brianne Clarkson
In 2007, Clarkson took full creative direction with the release of her self-produced third album My December. Despite the album's lack of mainstream production input, it debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was voted the fifth best album by the readers of Billboard. Its lead single, "Never Again" became a top 10 hit and has since sold over one million digital downloads. In 2009, Clarkson returned to a more mainstream-oriented sound with her fourth studio album, All I Ever Wanted, which became a critical and commercial success. Its worldwide hit single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", surpassed "Before Your Love"/"A Moment Like This" for the biggest leap to number one on a single week in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, a record it still holds today. In 2011, Clarkson followed up All I Ever Wanted with the R&B, country-pop and dance-pop-inspired Stronger, which became a commercial success. It generated international chart-topping singles, including "Mr. Know It All," and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", which is currently the best selling American Idol single to date - the song has sold 3.9 million copies in the U.S. alone. In October 2012, she released "Catch My Breath" as the first single off of "Greatest Hits: Chapter One", which was released in November 2012. She also released a country duet with Vince Gill titled "Don't Rush" as a single after performing it on the 2012 CMA Award.

Kelly Brianne Clarkson
 Aside from her renowned title as the "Original American Idol",[2][3][4] Clarkson is also widely known for her voice, vocal versatility, and heroine image. Her music has mainly dealt with themes of heartbreak, independence, and self-empowerment for women and young teens. Apart from her work in music, Clarkson also ventured to television and film. Clarkson's film debut in the romantic musical From Justin to Kelly (2003) was met with mediocre success. She appeared in various television series such as American Dreams and Reba, and became a guest mentor on The Voice. In a career spanning a decade, Clarkson has become the most successful Idol contestant internationally with album sales of over 25 million and singles sales of over 36 million worldwide,[5] according to Billboard[6] and Nielsen SoundScan.[7][8][9] Clarkson's musical work has also gained her numerous accolades, including two Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and a Women's World Award. Billboard also ranked Clarkson as the 14th-best-selling artist of the 2000s, as well as also being ranked on the top 200 album sellers of the Nielsen SoundScan era at number 187.[10][11] In Summer 2012, she was a mentor and judge on the TV series Duets.

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2012–present: Duets and Greatest Hits – Chapter One

In 2012, Clarkson became a guest mentor on Blake Shelton's contestants on season two of the American television series The Voice—with this feat, Clarkson becomes the only former television singing-competition contestant to appear on American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice. On 5 February 2012, Clarkson performed The Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XLVI to widespread critical acclaim. Clarkson performed at the 54th Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012. She and Jason Aldean sang their hit "Don't You Wanna Stay".
From May to July 2012, Clarkson became a mentor on the reality television series Duets.[74] She later release the promotional single "Get Up (A Cowboys Anthem)" for use in Pepsi's NFL advertising campaign. Clarkson first compilation album is slated to be released in 2012, with newly recorded tracks with producers Stargate, Kurstin, and Darkchild.

Since early September it was rumored that Clarkson would release her first compilation album and, on October 4, 2012, it was announced that Clarkson would be releasing a greatest hits album, called Greatest Hits – Chapter One. It was released on November 19, 2012. As with the release of Stronger, the album was accompanied by an acoustic EP, The Smoakstack Sessions Vol. 2. The first single off the album is called "Catch My Breath", which she wrote with her music director Jason Halbert and Eric Olson. The single was released on October 15, and as of December 6, had peaked at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100. The accompanying music video was released on November 11, 2012. On October 30, Clarkson released the soulful country duet with Vince Gill, "Don't Rush," as the second single from the album. On October 2, 2012, Blake Shelton's Christmas album, Cheers, It's Christmas, was released, featuring a duet with Clarkson on "There's a New Kid in Town." In December, she appeared on Shelton's holiday special, which aired nationally on NBC.

On December 5, 2012, it was announced that Clarkson was nominated for three categories for the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013, Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)". The song is also up for Song of the Year—though she is not a recipient since she is not a writer of the song. Clarkson will appear on Jewel's greatest hits album due out February 5, 2013. The two will duet on Jewel's song "Foolish Games".