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How Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift are causing a seismic shift in the music industry

The biggest debut of 2012 doesn’t belong to a glossy pop act like One Direction or Justin Bieber.

Sure, those boys have hordes of teenage girls ready to download their music at the drop of a tweet, but they’ve got nothing on the scruffy gents of Mumford & Sons, whose new disc, Babel sold 600,000 copies in its first seven days. (The next-best opening? Bieber’s Believe, with 374,000 in week 1.)

Babel‘s success (it has now led the chart for three weeks and sold 865,000 copies total) is indicative of a larger shift within the music industry. As pop music morphs into a glow-stick dance party, country acts have adopted the traditional pop sound. That leaves Mumford and the burgeoning Americana and folk genres (think acoustic guitars, banjos, and innumerable fitted tweed vests) to fill the country void. Did you get all that? Allow us to break it down. READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson releases new single 'Catch My Breath': Hear it here

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Don’t worry, Kelly Clarkson fans: the premier American Idol winner has resolved her respiratory issues.

After getting her breath taken from her via the music of Berlin, Clarkson has regained said breath, as evidenced by “Catch My Breath,” the new song she debuted to Ryan Seacrest this morning. Breath.

As Clarkson wrote on her site last week, “This song represents who I’ve been, what I’ve felt, and where I’m headed as not only an artist but as a 30-year-old that is now smart enough to know that it’s time to stop, catch my breath, and be proud of not only what has been accomplished but of all the people that have helped me become the woman I am today.”

The track, which she co-wrote with longtime friend Jason Halbert and Eric Olson, serves as the first single from her upcoming Greatest Hits — Chapter 1 compilation, which hits streets Nov. 16.

Give it a listen below and let us know what you think:

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Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson and more to perform at CMA Awards

ABC has announced the first crop of performers for the 46th Annual CMA Awards and it’s shaping up to be a powerhouse show.

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson, and Little Big Town will all take the stage on Nov. 1. Aldean currently holds the title for CMA Album of the Year and shared the prize for Musical Event of the Year with Clarkson for their duet “Don’t You Want to Stay.” Meanwhile, Clarkson has received a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, though she faces some tough competition from Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood. Bentley is up for three awards — Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year — while Little Big Town has also received a trio of nods for Single of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year.

Tickets for the CMA Awards will go on sale on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. CT. You can purchase them here.

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CMA Awards 2012: Snubs and surprises
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'American Idol' roundup: Kelly Clarkson's latest goes platinum, Kris Allen splits with RCA

Over the past 11 years American Idol has played host to 133 different finalists vying for a shot at belting out a coronation anthem at the Nokia.

As such, keeping track of all the goings-on of American Idol alumni can be a daunting task — but hey, it’s a whole lot more fun than speculating about the judging panel lineup.

Here’s what’s going on with your favorite American Idol stars:

KELLY CLARKSON: The best news of the week is for the original Idol, whose fifth album Stronger was certified platinum for shipments of 1 million copies. Driven by the success of “Mr. Know It All” and the album’s smash hit title track — not to mention Clarkson’s always-viral concert covers (Watch some HERE and HERE) — Stronger reached a sales level that Clarkson couldn’t achieve with her 2009 disc All I Ever Wanted, which included the hit “My Life Would Suck Without You” and sold just under 950,000 copies total.

While Stronger has, at this point, sold less than that (929,000 copies), it’s tally will overtake All I Ever‘s sales total in a few weeks. Not many artists can say they’re selling better in 2012 than they were in 2009, so it’s a testament to Clarkson’s widespread appeal and true talent that she’s remained a viable pop (and increasingly country) commodity. READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards 2012: Snubs and surprises

The 46th Annual CMA award nominations were announced yesterday. Here are a few thoughts on who made the cut — and who was sorely left out:

SURPRISE! Kelly Clarkson: I don’t know that anyone in the country community dislikes Kelly Clarkson. Heck, I don’t know if anyone in any community dislikes Kelly Clarkson. But it rings rather false that she scored a Female Vocalist of the Year nomination. Though the original American Idol did have a country remix of her single “Mr. Know It All” out to radio last year, and though she did appear on Jason Aldean’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” two songs does not a country singer make — even if she is dating Reba McEntire’s stepson. Should Lady Gaga have gotten a nomination after putting out a country remix of “Born This Way”? READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards: Eric Church leads noms (and Snoop Dogg's in the house!)

Nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards (airing live on Nov. 1 on ABC) were announced this morning on Good Morning America. Eric Church led the way with five nods, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, along with Song, Single, and Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.” (Not a country music fan? Give that one listen and get back to us.)

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert scored four noms a piece while Taylor Swift, who earned three noms, was the lone female to make the Entertainer of the Year category. Kelly Clarkson’s nom for Female Vocalist of the Year is slightly less of a surprise than Snoop Dogg popping up in Musical Event of the Year (listen to Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Snoop, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson). The full nominees list: READ FULL STORY

On the Charts: Maroon 5 takes over, Taylor Swift hits No. 1, Kelly Clarkson stuck on the 'Dark Side'

Maroon 5 have officially accomplished the rare feat of having not one but two singles in the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot 100 this week.

Although their smash “Payphone” is on its way down after peaking at No. 2 (this week it dropped from No. 5 to No. 7), their followup “One More Night” has wasted no time ascending the upper tiers of the chart. This week “Night” jumps 15-9, following major gains at radio and 170,000 additional downloads.

The two hit singles are driving album sales for the band’s fourth album Overexposed, which grew 59 percent to 36,000 copies this week — a $3.99 sale on Amazon also boosted sales substantially — and moved from No. 11 to No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The disc has moved 450,000 copies after eight weeks on the chart.

We’ll find out if “One More Night” can climb one spot higher than “Payphone” in the weeks to come, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers below:

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2012 Billboard Music Awards: 20 essential takeaways from the show

Like most music awards shows, the Billboard Music Awards are so not about the statuettes that are doled out. The show — which aired live last night on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel, with hosts, Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — is typically more about everything but the awards: performances, tributes, collaborations, and other sundry craziness.

Hell, even the fashion — hello to Miley Cyrus’ barely-there suit jacket — is more important than the prizes! And that was no different this year. Just a handful of the 46 awards were actually given out during the show (LMFAO dominated), which was jolted to life with performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Linkin Park; tributes to Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, and Stevie Wonder; a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys; and a heartfelt speech by Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Here are 20 essential takeaways from the evening:

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Every Kelly Clarkson cover from her 'Stronger' tour, compiled for your viewing pleasure

This weekend, Kelly Clarkson will wrap up her Stronger tour after three months on the road, and we have to admit, we’re pretty sad about it.

The end of her tour means the end of the fan-requested covers, which have become YouTube highlights — and EW office favorites — over the past few months.

Throughout the duration of the tour, Clarkson has let fans submit song suggestions online, from Cee Lo Green to Britney Spears to Bonnie Raitt to Radiohead, for her to perform onstage.

Thus, because we love you so much (and because we need a playlist to get us through this slow Monday), Music Mix decided to put together a playlist of every single cover that Ms. Clarkson has performed during her tour. We’ll start with the two covers she delivered every show, and then move into the nightly specials. Enjoy! (And let us know your favorite in the comments below.)

“I Know You Won’t” by Carrie Underwood

“Heavy in Your Arms” Florence and the Machine

January 13 (MGM Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT)
“F**k You” by Cee Lo Green

January 17 (Times Union Center, Albany, NY)
“Fix You” by Coldplay

January 21, (Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY)
“My Man” by Barbra Streisand

Kelly Clarkson says she's headed for country radio with a retooled 'Mr. Know It All' -- listen here

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Kelly Clarkson has never been afraid to flirt with her country side.

In 2008, the Texas native sang in an episode of CMT Crossroads with her idol Reba McEntire. In 2010, she collaborated with Jason Aldean for the crossover smash “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” And just this weekend, Clarkson joined her pal Miranda Lambert on stage for a performance of “Gunpowder and Lead.”

Now, though, the original American Idol is officially stepping into the country world with a countrified remix of her single “Mr. Know It All.” Clarkson announced the news on Twitter this morning, writing, “I had a lot of fun recutting the song and getting the opportunity to work with Dann [Huff]!” The song will be available on iTunes on April 3.

Some radio stations have already been spinning the country remix, which I wouldn’t say is actually all that country. Sure it’s got some added twang, but it mostly just feels like a pop song dressed up with mandolins and pedal steel. Still, as country radio continues to embrace a pop sound (and pop radio continues to embrace a dance sound), this could be a wise move. Check out the song below (FYI: It’s unclear if this is the final version of the song):

What do you think of Kelly’s move into country? Are you surprised she’s branching into the country world right after achieving total pop domination with her latest single “Stronger”? Let us know in the comments below.

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