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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".

Selena Gomez Biography

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992)[2] is an American actress and singer best known for portraying Alex Russo in the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place. She subsequently ventured into feature films and has starred in the television movies Another Cinderella Story, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, and Princess Protection Program. She made her starring theatrical film debut in Ramona and Beezus.
Her career has expanded into the music industry; Gomez is the lead singer and founder of the pop band Selena Gomez & the Scene, which has released three RIAA Gold certified studio albums, Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain, and When the Sun Goes Down, spawned three RIAA Platinum certified singles, "Naturally", "Who Says" and "Love You Like a Love Song" and charted four No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. Gomez has also contributed to the soundtracks of Tinker Bell, Another Cinderella Story, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Shake It Up after signing a record deal with Hollywood Records. In 2008, Gomez was designated a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
 1992–2008: Early life and career breakthrough

Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is the daughter of former stage actress Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Teefey (née Cornett) and Ricardo Joel Gomez. Her father is of Mexican ancestry; her mother, who was adopted, is of part Italian descent. Regarding her Hispanic heritage, Gomez has stated: "My family does have Quinceañeras, and we go to the communion church. We do everything that's Catholic, but we don't really have anything traditional except [that we] go to the park and have barbecues on Sundays after church." Her birth parents divorced when she was five years old, and she was raised as an only child by her working mother. In 2006, Mandy remarried, Brian Teefey. She was named after Tejano singer Selena, who died almost three years after Gomez was born. In a 2009 interview with People, Gomez mentioned that she developed an early interest in acting from watching her mother prepare for and act in theater productions. She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling in May 2010. Gomez began her acting career at age seven, playing Gianna on Barney & Friends. She later had minor roles in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the TV film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire. Gomez also starred in the television movie Brain Zapped.
wallpaper,images and photo bikini selena gomezwallpaper,images and photo bikini selena gomezIn 2004, Gomez was discovered by the Disney Channel in a USA-wide scouting. Gomez appeared as a guest star on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and had a guest appearance – that later turned into a recurring role – on Hannah Montana from seasons two to three. Gomez previously taped two different pilots that were spin-offs to two previous Disney series. The first one, What's Stevie Thinking?, was the spin-off to Lizzie McGuire. Gomez played Stevie Sanchez, Miranda Sanchez's little sister. The other show was titled Arwin!, the spin-off to The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, in which she played Alexa. Neither series was picked up.
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Selena Gomez

In early 2007, Gomez was cast in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place as one of the three main characters, Alex Russo. The show premiered to an audience of 5.9 million, becoming a hit. Many news outlets began dubbing Gomez the next 'Miley Cyrus' causing some controversy and a reported 'feud'. Gomez clarified that there was no feud and that she was flattered by the comparison, saying: "It's a little overwhelming, but I think really, it's a compliment. She's obviously extremely successful, and I think she's a wonderful performer ... So being compared to her, I was very, very flattered." Gomez recorded four songs, one of which was a cover, for the Wizards of Waverly Place soundtrack, only one single ("Magic") from the album was released. In 2008, Gomez recorded a cover of "Cruella de Vil"—which included a music video—for the compilation album DisneyMania 6. Gomez also recorded "Fly to Your Heart" for the 2008 animated film Tinker Bell. In July 2008,
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Selena Gomez
before Gomez' sixteenth birthday, she signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records, a music label owned by Disney.[20] In May, of the same year, Gomez was featured, with Forever the Sickest Kids, on a duet version of the non-album song "Whoa Oh!". The same year Gomez appeared in Another Cinderella Story, the direct-to-DVD sequel to the 2004 Hilary Duff film, opposite Drew Seeley. She also had a minor voiceover role as one the Mayor's ninety-six daughters in Horton Hears a Who! which released in March of that year. In April, Lacey Rose, of Forbes ranked Gomez as being fifth on their "Eight Hot Kid Stars To Watch" list; and Rose described Gomez as having been "a multi-talented teen".

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