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Kelly Clarkson announces release dates for new album and a new single, 'Mr. Know It All'

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Two years after dropping her last project, American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson is set to release her fifth album. She just announced that the set, entitled Stronger, will hit stores Oct. 25.

Its lead single, “Mr. Know It All,” is set to premiere Sept. 5 after she hosts a live webcast on her revamped site KellyClarkson.com. The two-time Grammy winner has sold millions of records in the U.S. and is no stranger to hit records.

Are you excited to get a taste of her next album? What do you expect of it? Let us know.

Read more at EW.com:
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'CMA Music Festival' did actually rock, plus Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina remain adorable

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ABC touted its three-hour CMA Music Festival concert as “Country’s Night to Rock,” and because this special had better sound than other televised music award shows do combined, it actually did. Most everyone was there, from Reba McEntire, who sang “Turn On the Radio”; to Taylor Swift, who worked a sparkly gold fringed dress for “Sparks Fly”; to Jason Aldean, who brought Kelly Clarkson onstage for their duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” My favorite crowd reaction shot of the night was the guy rapping along with Aldean during “Dirt Road Anthem.” My favorite artist interview was Lady Antebellum, who revealed they sign a lot of “stinky cowboy boots” and that Dave Haywood sleeps in black crew socks. (“This interview is really awful for my rep, by the way,” he joked.)

It was admittedly tough to watch Sugarland’s performance in light of their stage collapse in Indiana over the weekend. ABC made sure viewers knew the performances of “Find the Beat Again” and “Stuck Like Glue” were recorded on June 10, 2011, but being reminded of how much joy that duo and their fans are capable of made your heart ache because you know they’re feeling the complete opposite now. READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood passes Kelly Clarkson as most successful 'Idol' winner as two country stars square off in finals

While this season’s final contestents, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, battle it out for the metaphorical championship belt on American Idol, marking the first time in the history of the show that two country-based artists will be squaring off in the finals.

That could prove to be a boon for whoever walks away the victor, because season four winner Carrie Underwood just became the top-earning contestant in the history of Idol.

She just passed first season winner Kelly Clarkson on Billboard magazine’s tally, selling over 12 million albums and 18 million digital tracks since she picked up the duke in 2005. Clarkson slips to number two on the list, having sold 10 million albums and nearly 16 million downloads.

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Kelly Clarkson tears through a medley of hits on 'Ellen': Watch it here

Can you believe it’s been almost a decade since Kelly Clarkson beat out Justin Guarini to become the first American Idol? And can you believe there was a time when “Kelly or Justin?” was actually a valid question?

Still the all-time reigning Idol in terms of worldwide sales and vocal prowess, Clarkson performed a knockout medley of her hits yesterday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Although her upcoming fifth album has been held back until September, the Texas powerhouse wasn’t holding herself back when she ran through “Miss Independent,” “Walk Away,” and “Since U Been Gone” for a lucky Florida crowd. Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson's new album delayed

If you’re a fan of Kelly Clarkson, friend her on Facebook. It’s worthwhile, because she posts frequently, humorously and honestly. Earlier today, she alerted her legions that her much-anticipated fifth album has been delayed till September. (There had been earlier buzz that it would drop in the first or second quarter of the year.) Explains Clarkson: “I recently found out that my album won’t be coming out until September. The album has been recorded, but I can’t release it until then. I realize that is a long time, but that’s the best time to release it apparently so I’m sorry for the wait, but I promise you it sounds great!”

Details of the album are vague-ish, but Clarkson has provided some clues as she’s been recording. She revealed that it contains a cover of Eric Hutchinson’s “Why Don’t You Try” (her favorite cut, she says) and is “influenced by Prince, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead and there’s a little bit of a Country vibe/influence on a couple of songs.” Oh, and the album is definitely not called “May” as previously rumored. (“That’s the worst title ever,” according to Clarkson.)

What do you think Kelly fans? Are you excited to hear the album? Are you bummed out by the delay? At least we have her excellent duet with Jason Aldean (“Don’t You Wanna Stay”) to hold us over for a while.

'American Idol' to release Greatest Hits album. It's predictable. It shouldn't have been.

Kelly-Clarkson-UnderwoodImage Credit: Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic.com; Bob Charlotte/PRThe good folks at American Idol just announced they are releasing a compilation album to mark the show’s 10th anniversary this year. Fittingly, it’s called “American Idol 10th Anniversary — The Hits” and drops March 15.

Here’s the set list: READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson says new album 'supposedly' coming in March

Kelly-ClarksonImage Credit: Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic.comOn her Facebook page yesterday, Kelly Clarkson revealed when her latest album, May, is “supposedly” going to see the light of day. She replied to a fan’s question, “Kelly when does the new album drop?” with this response: “Supposedly March but who the heck knows haha! Just know that I am trying to get it to y’all asap!”

The exchange doesn’t currently appear on her Facebook page, but screen grabs of the banter are posted around the internet. The fact that there’s been little promotion for an album that would supposedly be out in as little as six weeks points to the fact that March is probably a little on the hopeful side, but weirder things have happened in the music industry. What’s even weirder? Why an album titled May wouldn’t be held until, you know, May in the first place. Right?

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CMA Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

cma-lambert-nettlesImage Credit: Katherine Bomboy/ABCThe real winners were announced last night at the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Entrance: I’m going to give this to Alan Jackson, who got applause after he walked through a curtain just in time to sing his part on the Zac Brown Band tune “As She’s Walking Away” — even though (or maybe because?) we were all expecting him to walk through the curtain. He looked a bit awkward not holding his guitar, which could be why George Strait had his strapped on for his performance of “The Breath You Take” even though he didn’t actually need it.

Worst Entrance: I love Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, but the optical-illusion tutu and music-box figure motions during their performance of “Stuck Like Glue” came off kinda… well, crazy. The woman is fearless — see those white leggings she was rockin’ when she stepped out from behind said tutu — but every now and then, she needs to be reined in.

Best confused face: The cut to Gwyneth Paltrow, politely clapping after cohost Brad Paisley brought out Little Jimmy Dickens to inform us that Nashville’s new flood warning system is Dickens yelling when the water reaches his neck.

Worst confused face: At the end of Taylor Swift’s mesmerizing piano-set performance of “Back to December” (some gorgeous snow effects, plus a lower setting on the smoke machine than Dierks Bentley and a great shade of red lipstick), she was shown mouthing “What?” before the curtain came down. It ruined the mood, even if it shouldn’t have: Her rep tells EW she was just excited about the standing ovation (so it was a “What?!”). READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards: You really should watch this year

cma-awards-walk-upImage Credit: Scott Garfield; Simon Webber; Mike RuizThis year’s CMA Awards are shaping up to be a must-watch. The Country Music Association has just confirmed the rumor that Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson will perform their duet “Don’t You Want to Stay” off of his new album, My Kinda Party, in stores tomorrow, during the live broadcast Nov. 10 on ABC. (Listen to the track below.) One thing this awards show does right is pack the three-hour ceremony with performances. Aldean and Clarkson are the latest additions to the all-star line-up that includes: both returning cohosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, and Reba McEntire, as well as Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow (with Lambert, in a tribute to Loretta Lynn’s 50 years in the business), and Gwyneth Paltrow, who’ll make her “live country music singing debut” performing the title song from her upcoming movie Country Song with Vince Gill.

You get all this, plus the usual thrills: Finding out which stars on the network are country music fans (Better With You‘s JoAnna Garcia and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s Ty Pennington have been added to the list of presenters), hearing what comes out of presenter Kellie Pickler’s mouth, and (fingers crossed!), seeing a shot of presenter Tim McGraw’s butt.  READ FULL STORY

Jason Aldean talks Kelly Clarkson duet (listen!) and rapping on his new album

jason-aldean-clarksonCountry singer Jason Aldean’s fourth studio album, My Kinda Party, doesn’t drop until Nov. 2, but you can hear what could be its second single, a power ballad duet with Kelly Clarkson called “Don’t You Want to Stay,” on EW.com today. Listen to the full track below. Rumor has it Aldean and Clarkson will perform the song at Nov. 10’s 44th Annual CMA Awards on ABC. We asked Aldean about it when he phoned us this afternoon, and all we got out of him was a coy “maybe….” (Update: The Country Music Association has now confirmed the duet will happen.) Aldean did say he’s loved Clarkson’s voice ever since he watched her win American Idol. He’d never met her before, even though she’s no stranger to Nashville. (She’s dueted with Reba McEntire, with whom she filmed an episode of the concert series CMT Crossroads, and she surprised the audience at the 2006 ACM Awards by joining Rascal Flatts onstage to sing their hit “What Hurts the Most.”) “When I was listening to this song, it was a pretty short list of who I thought could pull it off and who I wanted, and she was on top of it. We went in to cut her stuff, and I come into the studio with my wife and my two girls,” he recalls, laughing. “She’s a sweetheart. She wasn’t a pop star who was there to handle her business and leave. She was very cool, very personable, and very grateful that we had thought of her to do the song.” READ FULL STORY

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