With its February 2015 issue, GQ is presenting readers with The Legacy Project, which the publication describes as “a Hall of Fame portfolio of music makers who made the most noise over the past twelve months.” And there’s certainly no doubt that Grammy nominee Pharrell Williams has made some noise of his own — if not the most noise — in the past year, so it makes sense that the mag would slap the “Happy” hit-maker on its cover.
Photographer Pari Dukovic shot all 18 musician portraits for The Legacy Project, and included along with Pharrell are St. Vincent, Sam Smith, Future, Mark Ronson, Stevie Wonder, Diplo, Kim Gordon, Rick Ross, FKA Twigs, James Blake, Drake, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Karen O, Spoon, Nas and Iggy Azalea. More »
Kelly Clarkson is back, and she’s taking it up, up, up, up all night long.
After teasing the title, release date and a brief teaser of her comeback song last week, the original American Idol superstar has returned with her first non-Christmas album (Wrapped In Red) related single since 2013′s country-tinged marriage jam “Tie It Up.”
The anthemic, arena rock-leaning lead single from her forthcoming album Piece By Piece, which is due out in March according to a new interview, sees Kelly’s pulse raising while falling in love above kicky drums, guitars and hints of ’80′s synths: “I got pins and needles on my tongue anticipating what’s to come/Like a finger on a loaded gun,” she belts. The production is both Top 40 radio-friendly and somewhat unexpected (and vaguely reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World‘s “The Middle”), as the tempo suddenly slows for the song’s sing-along chorus, yet the pop-rock anthem still feels undeniably, classically Kelly Clarkson.
What do you think of “Heartbeat Song”? Listen to the song after the jump, and let us know in the comments below. More »
The return of Kelly Clarkson edges closer still today, thanks to a newly released snippet of her forthcoming comeback single, “Heartbeat Song” — and all thanks to her absolutely adorable baby girl, River Rose.
After announcing the song’s title and release date two days ago and unveiling the song’s cover art, the Stronger siren has unveiled a brief snippet of the new song for fans to hear today via her official website’s countdown.
After River Rose dances it out in her adorably oversized headphones, the song comes kicking in. “This is my heartbeat song and I’m gonna play it/Turned it on, but I know you can take it up-up-up-up all night long,” Kelly declares across a slow-marching, arena-sized beat. Sounds pretty promising…and River certainly agrees!
What do you think of “Heartbeat Song” so far? Listen to the snippet after the jump, and sound off in the comments below. More »
Get ready: Kelly Clarkson is coming back, stronger than ever.
The “Since U Been Gone” Idol alum will return with the lead single from her forthcoming seventh studio LP called “Heartbeat Song,” due out on January 12. The singer announced the song’s release with a teaser tweet this afternoon, courtesy of her team. “Kelly is back… #HeartbeatSong 1.12.15 Visit http://www.KellyClarkson.com to learn more!” And to get your pulse racing, the songstress has uploaded a 15 second clip of…what else? A heartbeat!
But the superstar needs your help to unlock the single: Head on over to her official website, and you’ll find a massive hot pink boom box, complete with a task to share the news in order to unlock the single cover. Get to it, Clarkstans!
Are you excited for Kelly Clarkson’s return to the pop scene? Let us know in the comments below.
Last night (January 3), Kelly Clarkson took to Twitter to set the record straight on her forthcoming seventh album. While she has called her new music “empowering” and said that it incorporates several genres, this time she got more specific. Clarkson talked about the record’s sound, a few songs in particular and several potential release dates.
“People keep asking. My next album is pop,” Clarkson says. “But I am always influenced by music I love, which is pop-rock/country/r&b/dance #whoknowswhatsnext”
She also gave two hints, albeit puzzling ones, on what to expect of the LP’s first single, arriving next month: Proof Of Life, as in the 2000 crime thriller starring Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan; and Dr. Dre‘s “The Next Episode,” his West Coast posse cut featuring Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Nate Dogg from the same year. And she mentioned that a duet, one she’s talked about already, features an artist with whom she’s collaborated before: “this wasn’t our first time to sing together.” More »
Mariah Carey will always be the Queen of Christmas — and all other holidays, to be honest — but Kelly Clarkson is definitely next in line to the throne! The lovely American Idol alum recently dropped a video for “Wrapped In Red,” the title track of her platinum-selling seasonal opus, and now follows it up with a wonderfully camp dance remix, courtesy of British producer Ruff Loaderz (real name Julian Napolitano).
He transforms Kelly’s poignant mid-tempo ballad into a cheerful bop that is sure to get your drunk relatives moving at Christmas. This is actually the “Mr. Know It All” diva’s second festive floorfiller. She dropped an equally cute club remix of “Underneath The Tree” last year, so you might want to add that to your yuletide playlist too. Listen to Ruff Loaderz’s frothy house overhaul of “Wrapped In Red” after the jump. More »
It’s that time of year! Time to break out your copy of Kelly Clarkson‘s Wrapped In Red, that is.
Our original American Idol is giving us a little bit more to love this Christmas season with her brand new video for “Wrapped In Red,” the title track from her critically acclaimed 2013 holiday record, which was recently re-issued as a CD/DVD for this year.
The vintage-looking clip, which was shot earlier this year, combines grainy footage from Clarkson Christmases past with shots of the powerhouse singer crooning behind old-timey microphones, looking like the classic diva she is. The Christmas lights and snowflakes twinkling ’round her also help to serve up the holiday spirit. Check out the video over at Amazon, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
“This is a church song. This is a soulful song. This is one of my favorite songs out right now, and you think you know it, but you don’t. It’s not Sam Smith,” Kelly Clarkson said, during her recent Buffalo N.Y., concert. The endearing pop star was referring to how she covered Smith’s hit “Stay with Me” last week in Chicago, trading in the original’s choir for electric guitar melodies. Instead, she transitioned into another song that had the crowd shrieking, partially because of how unexpected it was – Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off.”
“Shake It Off” is a modern-day version of Toni Basil‘s cheerleading anthem “Mickey.” The words that Clarkson used, “church” and “soulful,” aren’t exactly the first that come to mind. That said, the Wrapped In Red star made her case, singing the first few verses slowly and with added verve. She actually managed to bring “Shake It Off” to church, only to joke of how doing so may be blasphemy: “I might be going to hell, but it ain’t for that.”
Preach, Kelly. Watch her cover Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” below. More »
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 »
It seems like everyone is jumping on the Sam Smith fan bandwagon, with the latest artist being Kelly Clarkson! The singer and new mother covered the “Restart” crooner’s smash hit, “Stay With Me,” during her concert performance in Chicago last weekend. Her vocals are already stunning, but the soulful ballad highlighted them even more.
Clarkson isn’t the first (and probably not the last) to cover Smith’s tune. Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and FKA Twigs both tried their hands at it, while Mary J. Blige joined him for a duet version. Listen to Kelly Clarkson’s rendition after the jump. More »