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 »
You better break out your copy of Wrapped In Red, because Kelly Clarkson is getting into the Christmas spirit again.
The powerhouse vocalist has just announced her first-ever annual Christmas benefit concert called Miracle on Broadway in Nashville on Saturday, December 20 — and she’s bringing quite a few friends along for the ride.
The Christmas-themed concert will feature original performances of holiday classics, as well as performances of Wrapped In Red hits, from Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Charles Esten and Meghan Trainor. And, in keeping with the Christmas spirit, all proceeds from the event will be donated to four Nashville charities. More »
Kelly Clarkson and Republic Records EVP Charlie Walk will be honored at the 15th anniversary celebration of Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization dedicated to organizing live performances and providing recordings to hospital patients across the country.
“Being involved with Musicians On Call has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I consider it a great gift to be able to share music and bring smiles to these brave children and their loved ones. It is healing for us all and I can’t wait to do it again!” Kelly said in an official statement.
The event will take place at Escape in New York City on November 18. In addition to the award ceremony, major pop stars including Jessie J, Nick Jonas and Shawn Mendes will also be performing in celebration of the organization, as well as “additional surprise performances” to be announced in coming weeks. Hmm!
You can now buy tickets for the event. Now this is the kind of news that should be happening more often in pop. Kudos to all the artists supporting this great program!
What the world needs now is new music from Kelly Clarkson. I know the inaugural American Idol winner released Wrapped In Red last year but it’s hard to rock out to “Run Run Rudolph” in September. (I’ve tried). Unfortunately, we’re going to have to hold tight a little bit longer. She jumped on Twitter over the weekend and shared a couple of tidbits about her much-anticipated 7th LP — including the fact that it won’t be out until 2015.
“The high road can be a lonely place but I’d rather talk to my shadow than a mirage,” the new mom mysteriously tweeted on Friday (September 19). Fans got concerned but Kelly set them straight. “Okay haha my last tweet was referring 2 a song that’s going on my next album.” If that’s a lyric, it looks like wedded bliss hasn’t satiated her appetite for angry pop/rock anthems.
She then tweeted a fan this nugget of information: “I’m so proud of my next album! Might have a special guest on the album…. maybe :) Doesn’t come out until early next year.” This is torture. Who is going to appear on Kelly’s next LP? She’s expressed admiration for Beyonce and Selena Gomez previously but my money is another high-profile country duet. She is the crossover queen, after all! See her tweets after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Pop influencers ranging from Pitbull to Nicole Scherzinger took to Twitter to remember G.R.L.‘s Simone Battle (above, far right), who was found dead on September 5. “The world has lost a true talent,” producer Dr. Luke said. [Billboard]
:: Usher has revealed that Drake will appear on his forthcoming album. “He really understands how to analyze a beat and then recognize a cadence,” Usher says. [MTV]
:: Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and The Vamps will perform at BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards on October 19. Rita Ora and Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw will co-host the event. [Popjustice]
:: Carrie Underwood‘s 2012 hit “Two Black Cadillacs” has inspired a FOX “event series.” Underwood and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Pirates of the Carribean) will oversee its making. [Cosmopolitan]
:: Kelly Clarkson brought her newborn daughter River Rose Blackstock to her concert with country superstar Trisha Yearwood. River Rose wore bedazzled pink headphones to the event. [Twitter]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
2004: The year of socialite and future pop legend Paris Hilton
, ripping songs off Limewire, rocking Juicy Couture sweatsuits, fangirling over The O.C.
, the Napoleon Dynamite
and Mean Girls
fan craze, Myspace Top 8 and of course – some of the biggest and best music ever! of It’s hard to believe that ten years has passed since one of the greatest eras of pop music, which is all thanks to artists like Britney Spears
, Amy Winehouse
and many more.
In honor of this unforgettable year, we’ve curated a list (in no particular order) of the ten best pop jams from 2004 that we still can’t get enough of in 2014. Relive your nostalgia below! More »