Kelly Clarkson was born on April 24, 1982 in Burleson, Texas. In 2002, she was the winner of the first season of “American Idol,” the prize for which was a million-dollar RCA record contract. Her first single “A Moment Like This,” jumped from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and her first album earned two Grammy Awards. Clarkson continues to record and perform.
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Singer, songwriter. Born Kelly Brianne Clarkson on April 24, 1982 in Burleson, Texas. Clarkson graduated from Burleson High School in 2000, where she sang in the school choir. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career.
Supporting herself with numerous odd jobs, Clarkson made a few television appearances and eventually landed a job working as a female vocalist with songwriter Gerry Goffin. Unfortunately, a bout of bad luck discouraged her and she returned to Texas shortly thereafter. In 2002, a friend told her about a new talent search show on Fox called American Idol, and Clarkson became one of 10,000 contestants. Now playing on Tablet TV: Kelly Clarkson – Dark Side
Rock superstar Lenny Kravitz has performed at venues all over the globe but on Feb. 26 he’ll stand before more that 100,000 when he plays a pre-race concert before the Daytona 500.
Kravitz, a four-time Grammy Award winner, will perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, the pre-race extravaganza — shown by FOX — leading up to the start of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway.
“Lenny Kravitz is an iconic performer and multi-talented musician – he will deliver a rousing performance prior to the start of the 54th Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Race fans will experience a first-class, heart-pounding pre-race show that will serve as the perfect prelude to what will be an historic and thrilling afternoon of NASCAR racing on the high banks of Daytona.”
He has sold more than 35 million albums and is the only musician in history to win the Grammy for best male vocals in rock music four times consecutively.
The world-renown musician will perform three songs prior to the start of the 54th annual Daytona 500 – the season-opening event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Kravitz’s ninth album, Black and White America, was released in 2011 and features a mixture of funk and hard rock hits like “Stand,” “Rock Star City Life” and his new single “Push.”
After a European tour, Kravitz recently kicked off his first American outing in five years in January. The 20-city tour will wrap up in Miami on Feb. 25.
Kravitz joins a long list of stars names that have performed in the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show that includes Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Brad Paisley.
Nancy And Ann Wilson Of Heart, Snooki Added To “VH1 Divas Salute The Troops” Line-Up. “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” is going to have even more Heart. The special, which sees female-fronted acts performing for the troops, has added Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart to the line-up, plus appearances by Brandy and Snooki. Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart are set to perform with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, who will perform at San Diego’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. They’ll join previously announced performers Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Sugarland, and Nicki Minaj. Paramore, fronted by “Airplanes” singer Hayley Williams, will head to an undisclosed military base in the Middle East to visit with the Marines, soldiers, airmen, and more. Comedian Jeffrey Ross has been added to the line-up as well, while Brandy, supermodel Marisa Miller, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from “Jersey Shore” will present. For the first time, VH1 has partnered with the USO to bring the iconic event, which has boasted performances from Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and Celine Dion in the past, and the girls to the troops and their families. “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops,” hosted by Kathy Griffin, will premiere Sunday, December 5th at 9pm ET/PT on VH1.
Adele Returns With Second Album “21″ In 2011. Grammy Award winner Adele is back with her sophomore album, “21.” The follow-up to the acclaimed “19,” “21” marks London native’s return to the music scene after nearly three years. Like “19,” “21” is named after Adele’s age at the time the songs were written. The now 22-year-old is getting ready to release her next set on Tuesday, February 22nd. The album will be led by first single “Rolling in the Deep.” The album features production from Ryan Tedder (Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson), Rick Rubin (Weezer, Shakira), Paul Epworth (Florence and the Machine, Plan B), Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks), and Fraser T. Smith (Taio Cruz). She also re-teamed with producers Jim Abbiss and Francis “Eg” White, who co-wrote her hit “Chasing Pavements.” “I discovered lots of artists I’d never heard of, particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with,” said Adele about some of the artists who influenced her sound on “21.” “Then I delved in to more from artists I’ve loved forever – Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor,” she said. “There’s something in every single one of these artists that have really really inspired ’21.’” First single “Rolling in the Deep” hits radio this month, while the video, directed by Sam Brown (Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Doves), will premiere in December. Adele will perform “Rolling in the Deep” live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.
Kelly Clarkson To Duet With Jason Aldean On CMA Awards. Country music sensation Jason Aldean is set to perform with “American Idol” champ and Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson on the 44th Annual CMA Awards, it has been announced. This will mark Clarkson’s first performance on the show. Also announced Monday is the addition of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” host Ty Pennington to the list of celebrity presenters. Actress Joanna Garcia and five-time CMA awardee Martina McBride, who is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, are also added as presenters. Chart-topper Rodney Atkins will be presenting awards in categories announced during the pre-telecast ceremonies. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is also set to have her live Country Music singing debut with Vince Gill. For the third time in a row, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the show, which will air love November 10 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Katy Perry, Paramore To Salute The Troops On “VH1 Divas” Special. This year’s “VH1 Divas” is going military style. Katy Perry, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj, and Paramore have all signed on for “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.”
For the first time, VH1 has partnered with the USO to bring the iconic event, which has boasted performances from Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and Celine Dion in the past, and the girls to the troops and their families. Katy Perry, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, and Nicki Minaj will all perform for the troops at San Diego’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Paramore, fronted by “Airplanes” singer Hayley Williams, will head to an undisclosed military base in the Middle East to visit with the Marines, soldiers, airmen, and more. “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” will also be broadcast internationally for the service men and women and their families stationed outside the U.S., courtesy of the Armed Forces Network. “The USO is thrilled to be partnering with VH1 and honored to be a part of delivering such an uplifting event to our nation’s troops,” said Sloan Gibson, USO President. “The holidays are especially tough for our men and women in uniform and their families, and having the opportunity to touch so many troops stationed around the world at a time of year that matters most lets them know that America still cares about their welfare,” Gibson continued. “There is no better time to celebrate our armed forces and support their efforts than now.” “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” will premiere Sunday, December 5th at 9pm ET/PT on VH1
Nelly Furtado Debuts New Songs At Concert. Nelly Furtado is getting ready to make her comeback to the music scene with her upcoming English language album. She surprised fans by performing two new tracks at a recent concert. Furtado headlined the Orange Warsaw Festival in Poland where she debuted the new tracks, but some fans might have already recognized them. The two songs, “Free” and “Girlfriend In the City,” had recently leaked online and are set to be featured on her new album “Lifestyle,” Furtado’s fourth English language album and fifth studio album overall. “Lifestyle” follows the release of her first Spanish language album last year, “Mi Plan.” “Lifestyle” is her first English album since 2006′s “Loose,” which yielded the #1 hits “Say It Right” and “Promiscuous.” On “Free,” Furtado aims at a pulsating dance sound on the Salaam Remi-produced track, only hinted at on previous singles like “Maneater” off “Loose.” On “Girlfriend in the City,” Furtado uses a more organic, string-based production for a song more reminiscent of her underrated “Folklore” album. For the new album, she also hooked up Timbaland, who produced most of “Loose.” She’s also rumored to be working with Ryan Tedder, who produced Beyonce’s “Halo” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone.” The album was originally set for release back in May, but is now expected to drop before year’s end.
“Idol” Winner Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox Sign Record Deals. The music business moves fast. Less than 24 hours after being crowned the new “American Idol,” Lee DeWyze has already signed his record deal. Runner-up Crystal Bowersox already inked her deal too. DeWyze has already been signed to 19 Recordings Limited and RCA Records, Billboard reports. Bowersox was signed to 19 Recordings Limited and Jive Records. DeWyze will share the same label as “Idol” stars Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, while Bowersox’s labelmates include Kris Allen and Jordin Sparks. First up for the two leading “Idols,” after plenty of press, is the “American Idol” tour, which kicks off July 1st in Auburn Hills, MI and wraps up September 14th. While on the road, they’ll likely start crafting their major label debut albums, which should debut in time for the holiday shopping season. Last year’s Top 2, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, had their releases ready by November. Meanwhile, DeWyze’s cover of U2′s “Beautiful Day” is currently #3 on the iTunes chart, while his cover of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” is at #10. A duet with Bowersox, “Falling Slowly,” is in the Top 20 as well. The last season of “American Idol,” its ninth, had the lowest-rated finale since Kelly Clarkson was crowned winner during the show’s first season.
Th 5/6: Samuel L. Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Jason Derulo on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. Kara DioGuardi is a born and raised New Yorker, but she is of Albanian and Italian descent. DioGuardi attended Duke University and completed a degree in political science. However, she decided on a career path far away from her degree – she applied for a job on the marketing and publishing departments of Billboard Magazine. During her desk job at Billboard, Kara started writing her own songs. By 1995, DioGuardi successfully secured a record deal with MCA. However, Kara DioGuardi’s lyrical career only began when her friend Paula Abdul gave Kylie Minogue a copy of Kara’s album. Minogue used the song “Spinning Around” on her album and became a top-charting single worldwide. Since then, Kara DioGuardi’s lyrics are unstoppable. DioGuardi is an outstanding songwriter – a fact proven by artists that made her songs reach the top of the charts repeatedly. Such artists include big American names like Faith Hill, Pink, Santana, Backstreet Boys, Pussycat Dolls, Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, Hilary Duff and Britney Spears, among others. Kara DioGuardi has also helped international artists like Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Belinda, Thalia, Anastacia and Diego. American Idol stars, including Katharine McPhee, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, Clay Aiken and David Archuleta have also sought the help of Kara DioGuardi. From all the artists Kara has helped, her songs have sold over 100 million copies altogether. From 1995 to 2008, Kara DioGuardi has successfully written over 40 international-charting singles, helping 45 albums reach the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. In 2003, Kara won a BMI Cable Award for co-writing and performing the theme song “Somethin’ to Say” for “For The People” – a Lifetime TV series starring Cecilia Suarez, Debbi Morgan, Lea Thompson and A. Martinez. The Grammy-nominated songwriter has also won the 2007 SOCAN Award and the 2007 “BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year,” after having been given 10 BMI Pop Awards for the “most-performed song on the radio” for four consecutive years. One of Kara DioGuardi’s recent achievements is a nomination for the Latin Grammys for “Best Song” after co-writing Belinda’s single “Bella Tracion” with Ben Moody, Mitch Allan, Nacho Peregrin and Belinda. Aside from songwriting, Kara DioGuardi also co-owns the Arthouse Entertainment, a publishing company that helps record companies, artists, songwriters and other music entities that need compositions, artists, productions and other music-related services. She also works with the non-profit substance abuse service organization, Phoenix House, which helps educate teens in operating recording studio equipments.
Rihanna, Selena Gomez Added To Lilith Fair Line-Up. The full list of tour dates has been revealed for the 2010 Lilith Fair, while performers and line-up details are still being announced. Rihanna is the latest star added to the mix of female performers, taking a break from her “Last Girl on Earth” tour for a stop at Lilith. The Lilith Fair hits 36 cities across the country this summer, kicking off in Calgary on June 27th and wrapping up in Dallas, TX on August 16th. Rihanna is set to perform at the Salt Lake City date on Monday, July 12th. Also recently added to the bill is teen Disney star Selena Gomez. Gomez, who scored a hit with her single “Naturally,” will be performing other cuts from her album “Kiss and Tell.” Gomez joins other female artists headlining dates at the event, like Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Sia, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Mary J. Blige. Each show will also feature a performance from Lilith co-founder Sarah McLachlan. She’s also releasing her new album, “The Laws of Illusion,” just weeks before the tour kick-off. Tickets for some of the dates are already on sale, with others going on sale Saturday, April 17th. A special Ladies Night 4-ticket package will be offered at participating venues for $99.
The Lilith Fair 2010 Tour Schedule:
•Sun, Jun 27 Calgary, AB McMahon Stadium
•Mon, Jun 28 Edmonton, AB Northlands Spectrum
•Thur, Jul 1 Vancouver, BC Pitt Meadows Airport
•Fri, Jul 2 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheater
•Sat, Jul 3 Seattle, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
•Mon, Jul 5 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
•Wed, Jul 7 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
•Thur, Jul 8 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
•Fri, Jul 9 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
•Sat, Jul 10 Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
•Mon, Jul 12 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
•Tue, Jul 13 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
•Thur, Jul 15 Kansas City, MO Capitol Federal Park @ Sandstone
•Fri, Jul 16 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis
•Sat, Jul 17 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
•Sun, Jul 18 Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
•Tues, July 20 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
•Wed, Jul 21 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
•Fri, Jul 23 Montreal, QC Parc Jean-Drapeau
•Sat, Jul 24 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
•Tues, July 27 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
•Wed, Jul 28 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
•Fri, Jul 30 Boston, MA Comcast Center
•Sat, Jul 31 New York, NY PNC Bank Arts Center
•Sun, Aug 1 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
•Tues, Aug 3 Washington, DC Venue TBA
•Wed, Aug 4 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
•Fri, Aug 6 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
•Sat, Aug 7 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
•Sun, Aug 8 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre
•Tues, Aug 10 W. Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
•Wed, Aug 11 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
•Thur, Aug 12 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham
•Sat, Aug 14 Austin, TX Venue TBA
•Sun, Aug 15 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
•Mon, Aug 16 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Kelly Clarkson Lashes Out At Taylor Swift’s Label Head. ”American Idol” first ever champ Kelly Clarkson is not happy about how Taylor Swift’s record label head targeted the Fox reality show when he was defending the young singer. Even though Swift, 20, took home four trophies at last week’s Grammy Awards, her live duet with Stevie Nicks was still panned by critics and music fans, with other media outlet calling “painfully out of tune.” The backlash prompted Big Machine Records honcho Scott Borchetta to defend Taylor, saying the critics are missing the big picture. He was quoted as saying among other things, “This is not American Idol. This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note.” Needless to say, the first winner of “American Idol” was not pleased with the comparison. She wrote on her blog, “I understand defending your artist obviously because I have done the same in the past for artists I like, including Taylor, so you might see why it’s upsetting to read you attacking American Idol for producing simply vocalists that hit ‘the high notes.’ Thank you for that ‘Captain Obvious’ sense of humor because you know what, we not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the ‘right’ notes as well.” She went on to say that it’s understandable for an artist to have a bad performance or two, but throwing blame will not make the situation better. “I bring this up because you should take a lesson from these people and instead of lashing out at other artists (that in your ‘humble’ opinion lack true artistry), you should simply take a breath and realize that sometimes things won’t go according to plan or work out and that’s okay.” Clarkson ended her message with, “Sincerely, One of the contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes.”
“To play until the end of time,” drummer Stella Mozgawa continues. “Until the end of the universe.” These days it seems rock can move at a snail’s pace … what with bands marching to corporate schedules and marketing strategies, over-thinking everything along the way, it can take a couple of years just to get an album released. But MINK is seizing the moment … and intends to hold on tightly.
The band has clearly hit the ground running. Formed just a blink ago in Spring 2006, MINK has already written more than 60 songs (30 of them in one intense three-week stretch), recorded its debut album in just four weeks (with noted producer Sylvia Massy of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool fame), shot one of the most fun videos of recent times for its infectious song “Talk to Me” with director Christian Lamb (Madonna, Korn, Kelly Clarkson, Incubus Madonna), had another song “Pressure Pressure” featured nightly in ESPN’s 2006 Major League baseball playoffs coverage and has established itself as one of the most exciting new live acts on the scene both in its own club shows and opening big-venue concerts by Angels & Airwaves among others. And all that while going back and forth between New York (from where Carlson hails) and Australia (home to drummer Mozgawa, lead guitarist Nick Maybury, rhythm guitarist David Lowy and bassist
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