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Kelly Clarkson says her next single might be 'Dark Side' -- what do you think?

Kelly Clarkson’s been on the sunny side of a hot streak lately — her “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” currently sits atop the Billboard Hot 100. b

But it looks like her next one will be crossing back over to a “Dark”-er place.

The “Mr. Know It All” singer talked with Z100 recently to discuss her Super Bowl performance (“I never want to do it again!”), her coping mechanisms (“When I get really nervous, I just want to hurt people”), and what she wants her next single to be.

“I like ‘Dark Side’ because it’s still got a beat to it,” Clarkson said. “It’s a sweet-sounding song but with a dark lyric, and I like that.”

Kelly fans, what do you think about the choice? Is there another cut off the album — perhaps the bouncier “I Forgive You” — that you think would make a better single? To help refresh your memory, give “Dark Side” a listen in the video below:

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'We Are Young' band fun. leap to No. 3 on the Hot 100, Whitney Houston re-enters at No. 7

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In early December, EW’s own Tim Stack predicted that New York rock trio fun. was about to have a major moment, thanks to a special episode-ending performance on Glee of their relatively unknown song “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae.

And our psychic friend was right! The song instantly topped the iTunes chart and bubbled around in the lower half of the Hot 100 for a few weeks. But few prognosticators could have predicted that the band would have a week like this.

In the first full frame since the Super Bowl, during which Chevrolet premiered a well-received Sonic commercial (watch it below) that prominently uses “We Are Young,” the song jumped from No. 41 all the way to No. 3 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. The youth anthem led the digital sales chart with 296,000 downloads (a 338 percent increase) — the best week-long tally of any song this year.

Between this and Kelly Clarkson’s Camry ad boost, it seems like car commercials are the new secret to Hot 100 domination: READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' hits No. 1 following her Super Bowl anthem, ubiquitous Camry ad

Following a well-received national anthem at the most-watched Super Bowl in television history, Kelly Clarkson’s career is “Stronger” than ever.

The title track of her latest album climbed atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 today, forcing Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” into second place, and became the original American Idol’s third number one single. (She formerly reached the Hot 100 summit in 2002 with “A Moment Like This” and in 2009 with “My Life Would Suck Without You.”)

Kelly’s not the first diva to get a big Super Bowl boost. READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson covers Madonna's 'Crazy for You' in concert: Watch here!

Everyone’s getting in on the latest frenzy around Madonna — even Kelly Clarkson.

The night before Clarkson performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl where Her Madgesty performed the halftime show, American Idol‘s original winner  got into the spirit of the weekend and performed a lovely, lilting, guitar-riffing cover of Madonna’s No. 1 hit from 1984, “Crazy for You.”

It was actually a fan request: Before each tour date, Clarkson has been soliciting her concertgoers for songs that she should cover. On this particular Saturday night stop in Bossier City, La., Clarkson did a cover of her own choice first — Florence and the Machine’s “Heavy in Your Arms” — before segueing into “Crazy for You.” (It’s all fitting, considering how Clarkson got into the business, right?)

Rather delightfully, she put her connection to the song into context for us. “This is like a couples-skate song!” Clarkson says in the middle of “Crazy for You.” At the end of her performance, she explained, “You know how when you hear a song and it brings you to a moment?” she says. “I was totally at the skating rink thinking of Michael Webb — whatever! So…anyway, I hated junior high and high school. I was that kid that never fit in. Wat wat!” Awwww.

Clarkson has recently covered such favorites as Heart’s “What About Love” and Coldplay’s “Fix You” in concert, but for now, enjoy her take on classic Madge:

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Kelly Clarkson keeps it quick and simple for her Super Bowl performance of the national anthem

There were no flubbed lyrics, and no screeching, when Kelly Clarkson sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday. In fact, Clarkson kept things simple and straightforward, sporting a simple black dress, a nice mane of new on-trend bangs, and a swiftly paced rendition of the melodically demanding song that usually invites stretched-out bombast from the big-voiced divas invited to sing it for a national audience. Backed by a children’s choir — because what isn’t more meaningful when backed by a children’s choir? — Clarkson also seemed to be singing live, rather than merely lip-syncing.  READ FULL STORY

On the scene: Kelly Clarkson at Radio City Music Hall

Kelly Clarkson is the kind of girl you want to root for.

It was interesting that she chose to begin her Radio City Music Hall concert last night by flashing headlines telling the story of her career (and life) lowlights: “Album Leaks Again,” “29 & Still Single,” “Losing Sponsors,” “Failure,” “Fat.” This graphical re-telling of some of the digs she’s faced since winning American Idol 10 years ago was not a plea for pity. It was a call to arms, a reminder — we’ve all been there, and Kelly has gotten us out of it.

Moments later, when the drums dropped and Clarkson’s dynamic voice fired up on her “I am who am, we are who we are, and we’re worth it!” anthem “Dark Side,” she immediately had everyone in the 6,000-seat venue on her side. (As if they weren’t there already.) Indeed, it seems like the writers of those smear stories and the boys who inexplicably keep breaking up with Clarkson are in the vast minority as people who aren’t full-tilt Team Kelly — at least inside Radio City this Saturday night. READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson pulls off national-anthem hat trick with slated Super Bowl appearance

Last year, she sang it at the NBA Finals. The year before that, she sang it at the World Series.

And this year, Kelly Clarkson will get to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

While it hasn’t been officially announced yet — and her publicist told EW that she is unable to confirm it yet — it’s been reported that the inaugural American Idol winner will be on “Star-Spangled Banner” duty at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5th. The broadcast will also feature Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A. during the halftime show.

This will make Clarkson only the third Idol winner (after Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood) to belt the Francis Scott Key tune on Super Sunday, despite the fact that her widely praised vocal talents have always made her a natural candidate for the job.

Then again, Super Bowl organizers might be going the Idol route as a way of playing it safe this year, given Christina Aguilera’s much-criticized blunder last year.

What about you guys? Are you happy with the selection, or are there artists out there who you think deserve it more — or would simply be more interesting — than Clarkson?

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Today in Kelly Clarkson: Yes, she’s ditching ‘Idol’ for the ‘Voice'; no, Ron Paul didn’t actually affect her sales

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters and more join Grammy performance slate

Yes, they will be handing out some gold statuettes at this year’s Grammys, coming up on Feb. 12. But for many, the real draw is the performances — a veritable parade of music-industry stars-slash-nominees.

Taylor Swift, whose album Speak Now is up for Best Country Album and whose single “Mean” is nominated for two more prizes, will join the growing list of artists who will bring their A-game to music’s biggest night. Nicki Minaj, whose second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is set to hit stores two days after the show airs, will make her debut on the Grammy stage (she is also nominated for three prizes, including Best New Artist).

The current announced performance slate also includes the likes of Kelly Clarkson (who will have an awful lot of national TV exposure in February, as she will also be singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl), Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, and Jason Aldean (who will presumably duet with Clarkson on their smash hit “Don’t You Wanna Stay”).

That’s only a fraction of the performers who will end up rolling out songs on the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12. Last year, there were a grand total of 17 performance segments involving three dozen artists.

Since the focus over the past few years has been put on on-stage collaborations, and since the ads for this year’s show focus on past tag-teams like Prince and Beyoncé, the biggest question remains who will link up with who for a memorable performance this time around.

Of all the people already announced, it’d be most satisfying to see Minaj involved in some sort of salute to women in hip-hop (Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill, and Eve could all make guest appearances, culminating in a climactic beef-burying appearance from Lil Kim).

We would also love to see Dave Grohl open up his Rolodex and invite some of the rock icons he has jammed with just over the past 12 months (including Lemmy Kilmister, Bob Mould, and former bandmate Krist Novoselic).

Who are you hoping will come together at the 54th Grammy Awards? Cast your votes in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:
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Today in Kelly Clarkson: Yes, she’s ditching ‘Idol’ for the ‘Voice'; no, Ron Paul didn’t actually affect her sales

Kelly Clarkson sees sales pick up following Ron Paul endorsement

When former American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson threw her support behind Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul last week, she did it out of genuine enthusiasm for Paul’s Libertarian-leaning ideas.

Strangely, the shout-out, which sparked a minor but intense flame war amongst her Twitter followers, may have ended up actually being lucrative for her.

In the wake of the Paul dust-up, Clarkson appears to have gotten a sales bump. Her 2011 album Stronger crept up to number 11 on the iTunes albums chart, and it is currently clocking in at number 14 on Amazon after spending most of the past month in the 40s. While we won’t have hard numbers until the SoundScan figures are released on Wednesday, it’s safe to say that Clarkson has sold more copies of Stronger than she did last week.

But before everybody jumps to the conclusion that there’s some sort of grassroots campaign by Paul’s followers to elevate Clarkson’s chart status, there are a number of issues that could be at play here. As stated before, it’s uncertain exactly how much of a sales increase is necessary to make the jumps that Stronger did, so the actual figures could be relatively insignificant all told.

And those sales might not be from Paul supporters looking to hitch their wagons to a star; rather, it could simply be people cashing in the gift cards in their Christmas stockings or finding replacement albums for all the duplicate copies of Adele’s 21 that their aunts gave them.

Besides, if Paul’s supporters were really mobilizing to throw their weight behind musicians who endorse their boy, then shouldn’t Michelle Branch‘s latest album rank higher than 3,854 on Amazon?

Clarkson certainly got some headlines, which maybe led to some awareness and thus increased sales, but it’s hard to judge on such limited information. Just in case, maybe Adam Lambert should give Newt Gingrich a shout-out to test our theory? Your move, Glambert.

Read more on EW.com:
Kelly Clarkson gets into extended Twitter war over endorsement of Ron Paul
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Kelly Clarkson gets into extended Twitter war over endorsement of Ron Paul

Last night, Kelly Clarkson got an impromptu lesson on the impact of Twitter and the secret past of Ron Paul. The “Stronger” singer’s evening took a pretty intense left-hand turn when, only an hour after letting the world know that she was enjoying making cinnamon rolls with her niece, she decided to sound off on her love for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance,” she wrote of the oft-lampooned Libertarian. “If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”

That particular expression of appreciation did not sit well with Clarkson’s 925,000 followers, many of whom began to take Clarkson to task for her endorsement. It began with relative civility, but as most things on the Internet (and especially on Twitter) tend to do, it got out of hand with alarming speed. READ FULL STORY

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