Kelly Clarkson Is Releasing A CD/DVD Edition Of ‘Wrapped In Red’ This Christmas

Kelly Clarkson seriously loves her some Christmas, y’all.

From her seasonal smash record Wrapped In Red to her upcoming Christmas benefit concert down in Nashville, the Idol alum is showing no signs of ceasing the festivity any time soon.

To keep the spirit going strong as she records her forthcoming original studio album, Kelly’s dropping a re-release of her 2013 Christmas album at Walmart, which will also be bundled with a DVD of her Christmas special, Kelly’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, which aired last year on NBC and saw special guest appearances from a ton of stars, including Reba, Trisha Yearwood and Blake Shelton. Will this lead to another #1 on the Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart this year? It’s quite likely. Check out the tracklisting for the CD/DVD after the jump. More »

Jessie Ware Is The First Big Pop Act Announced For SXSW 2015

This year’s summer festival season is still fresh in our minds, but organizers are already prepping for 2015! Today, the promoters behind South by Southwest have revealed the initial lineup for the music portion of their showcases. The performers on the roster so far aren’t as well known, but the biggest act out of them all is Jessie Ware.

The soulful chanteuse will make an appearance on the Texas stage next year! She is currently promoting her sophomore LP, Tough Love (released on October 21). Ware also plans to tour the UK and Europe next year.

South by Southwest (or SXSW for short) will take place from March 13-22nd in Austin, TX. The music showcases are set from March 17 through the 22nd. Badges to attend the festival are now on sale here. View the initial lineup in its entirety below, and keep your eyes out as we post additional performers throughout the upcoming months. More »

Taylor Swift Pokes Fun At Herself In New Promo For ‘The Voice’: Watch

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Dancing Queen!

Back in early September, there were rumors swirling around Taylor Swift possibly joining The Voice as an advisor. Well guys, the news has now been confirmed! The “Welcome To New York” singer will be saying welcome to Hollywood when she appears on the singing competition show next week.

In a new promotional clip, Swift is shown interacting with the contestants and the judges — and she even pokes fun at herself! She calls her craziness “assumed and understood,” and shows off a few dance moves. Beginning on Monday, October 27 (the release date of her 1989 album, by the way) she will be in three episodes for the show’s “Knockout” rounds. More »

Sia Sings “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” For ‘Annie’ Soundtrack: Listen

In case you haven’t already watched the trailer or seen the new cast (Quvenzhané Wallis! Cameron Diaz!), the classic Annie is getting a massive 2014 reboot in time for Christmas. And, to coincide with the big budget remake of the original 1982 film adaptation, the movie’s also getting a newly rejuvenated soundtrack with updated lyrics and melodies, all thanks to producer Greg Kurstin and the pop industry’s most in-demand songwriter, Sia.

The ever-elusive 1000 Forms Of Fear belter delivers not one, not two but three new tracks on the soundtrack including a duet with Beck. And now, we’ve got a first listen of one of those new songs: “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.”

True to Sia and Greg’s collaborative style, the song’s been given a punchy, poppy update, full of Sia’s soaring vocals and epic, crashing production from Kurstin. Really, aside from Sia’s more chipper and optimistic delivery, this production could have certainly been served up on her fantastic studio album. Listen to “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift Previews New ’1989′ Song In Target Commercial: Watch

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She's A New Yorker, Y'all!

That Taylor Swift promo just won’t let up! The “Out Of The Woods” singer has previewed yet another track off her upcoming LP 1989. Instead of revealing the lyrics via Pinterest-friendly Instagram posts, she’s now using Target as her marketing tool.

In a new extended commercial for the popular department store, Swift discusses her love for New York City (she recently moved here, FYI). The clip is set to “Style,” a breezy cut off her new album. 1989 officially comes out on October 27, and if you buy the album at Target then you will get three bonus songs and three songwriting voice memos on the deluxe version. Oh joy! More »

S Club 7 Reuniting For UK Children In Need Charity Show

Maybe it was the fact that we here at Idolator included Rachel Stevens‘ 2005 solo LP Come And Get It in our recent 13 Great Pop Albums That Were Overlooked & Underrated In Their Time roundup that lured the singer back to the spotlight? Whatever the case may be, she and her onetime bandmates Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearritt — aka S Club 7 — are reuniting for the first time in 12 years for a live performance on the annual BBC Children In Need charity show.

Here in the States the group was mostly famous for their late-’90s Fox series S Club 7 In Miami and 2000 single “Never Had A Dream Come True.” But in their home country of the UK, S Club 7 racked up 11 Top 10 singles during their five-year run, with four of those going to #1. More »

Kiesza Performs “Hideaway” On ‘Live With Kelly & Michael’: Watch

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You Can't Hide

As part of the promotional rounds for her debut album, Sound of a WomanKiesza stopped by Live With Kelly & Michael yesterday (October 21) to perform her smash hit “Hideaway.” Per usual, she brought her strong vocals and lively dance moves to the talk show’s stage. After the performance, Kiesza taught Kelly and Michael how to do the popular “Jerk” dance.

There are a handful of gems on Sound of A Woman, but “Hideaway” is the song that captured us all. So it’s natural that the flame-haired songstress will continue to promote it worldwide. The album was officially released on October 21 via Island Records. More »

‘The Voice’: Beth Spangler & Mia Pfirrman Cover Christina Aguilera’s “I Turn To You”

Did The Ladies Do Xtina Justice?

As The Voice transitions from the Battles to the Knockouts, it’s time for celebration: get ready for a wardrobe change! Here’s hoping the coaches step it up in the ridiculous department, though, because this season’s fashion choices have been a little too safe. Sure, Adam Levine donned a bowling shirt, but his hair has stayed the same normal color, and there have been no Hawaiian shirts to speak of. Pharrell’s hat sizes have been beyond reasonable, and Gwen Stefani’s pilgrim socks from the Blind Auditions were nowhere near as ridiculous as the silk pajamas — or really anything — that Cee Lo wore on the show.

Come on, team; you can do better than this. A saucer fascinator topping Blake Shelton’s jeans-and-blazer uniform would do the trick, or even a wacky novelty tie with Carson Daly’s suit. Don’t make the audience wait until Christina Aguilera returns next season to bring out the outlandish.

On to the talent: Tuesday (October 21) night, The Voice wrapped up the Battle Round. Only Gwen entered the night with a steal remaining, but struggled with how to use it. The few televised Battles, after all, were surprisingly mellow — and that just ain’t her style. More »

Taylor Swift May Be The Only Artist To Go Platinum With An Album In 2014: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: There’s no doubt that 2014 was a lackluster year for music, and to make matters worse, no albums reached Platinum status…yet. America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, may be music’s saving grace. The singer’s forthcoming LP 1989 may be the first album to go platinum. All hope is gone, people! (But the Foo Fighters may have a chance.) [The Guardian]

:: Cara Delevingne (a.k.a. Rihanna‘s BFF) has reportedly been in the studio working on a new single with Pharrell. Music is a completely different field than modeling, so let’s see how this will pan out. [Hollywood Reporter]

:: Annie Lennox is pretty outspoken when it comes to feminist rights, and the legendary singer has now come forward to denounce twerking. In a recent interview with NPR, she stated: “Twerking is not feminism. Thats what I’m referring to. It’s not — it’s not liberating, it’s not empowering. It’s a sexual thing that you’re doing on a stage; it doesn’t empower you. That’s my feeling about it.” [Billboard]

:: The Beatles‘ Ringo Starr is now a model! Well, kind of. The musician will be the face of sneaker brand Skechers‘ “Relaxed Fit footwear” line. Look out for the ad campaign in Spring 2015. [SPIN]

:: Sad news for die-hard Brooklyn concert-goers. Glasslands, a DIY venue in Williamsburg, will close its doors next year. In a statement, they announced that New Year’s Eve will be their last night of music. The place first opened in 2006, and booked acts like TV On The Radio, Disclosure and MGMT. [Brooklyn Vegan]

:: Remember when all those diva rumors popped up about Ariana Grande? Well the singer isn’t too happy about it. In fact, she allegedly turned to Miley Cyrus for advice. The Instagram-loving singer apparently told Grande: “Girl, don’t even look at it. Just be happy that you’re blessed. You have family and friends love you, you have fans that love you who know what’s true and what’s not. …It will blow over and tomorrow they’ll be talking about something else.” [Gawker]

Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Sheppard Make Their US TV Debut On ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’: Watch Them Perform “Geronimo”

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Apache Pop

To quote myself, there’s catchy and then there’s “Geronimo”Sheppard first topped the charts in their native Australia with the unstoppable anthem and now have their sights set on US chart domination. The indie-pop band took an important step towards that goal today (October 21) by performing the song of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It also marked their US TV debut.

The quirky collective, who were recently nominated for seven ARIA Awards, delivered a typically charming performance with tight musicianship and perky harmonies. And it already seems to be paying dividends. “Geronimo” made a huge leap on the iTunes download chart today and should make an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 in the not-too-distant future. Watch up top. More »