Kelly Clarkson and Republic Records EVP Charlie Walk will be honored at the 15th anniversary celebration of Musician’s 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 »
Did You Hear?
:: Adele has reportedly finished her third album, with hopes of pulling off a Beyonce-style surprise release. “Theoretically it could be released tomorrow if she wanted,” a source said. [Daily Star]
:: Jessie J performed her part in DJ Cassidy‘s “Calling All Hearts,” which also features Robin Thicke, at this year’s Capital Summertime Ball. Instead of the Paula crooner, though, The Wanted‘s Nathan Sykes joined her on stage to help sing the song. [Popdust]
:: Kelly Clarkson has shared the first photo of her newborn girl, River Rose. “6lbs 6oz, 18 inches, and the greatest thing on the planet :)” she says. (River Rose is adorable.) [Instagram]
:: A homeless man who stalked Selena Gomez was ordered to undergo psychological treatment. He went to the Stars Dance star’s house twice, then was arrested for breaking into her guest house. Yikes. [AP]
:: As the world waits for Hillary Clinton to decide whether she will run for president in 2016, Katy Perry has already volunteered to write her a campaign song. Wouldn’t “Firework” suffice? [Instagram]
:: Lorde responded to Iggy Azalea‘s recent comments about her participation in an all-girl tribute to Nirvana, which was part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. “I had a good time. That’s all that mattered,” Lorde said. Meanwhile, Azalea re-focused her energies on criticizing the media. [Pitchfork]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
has given birth to her first child
. On June 14, she announced that her daughter with husband Brandon Blackstock
, River Rose Blackstock
, was born two days prior. “Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes!” she said on Twitter
. “Brandon and I are on cloud 9!! :)”
Clarkson married Blackstock, son of her manager Narvel Blackstock and stepson of country star Reba McEntire, in October 2013. Just as news of their wedding started surfacing, she announced that she was pregnant. Then in January, she told fans that she was expecting a baby girl, just as she suspected: “Only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting ha!” More »
The annoying thing about April Fool’s Day is the fact that it makes you question the veracity of everything that crosses your desk. For example, Avril Lavigne
‘s original “Breakaway”
demo (which Kelly Clarkson
later recorded and turned into a career-defining smash) finally surfaced online today but there is some debate as to whether it’s real.
The Canadian superstar’s army of fans certainly think so. They point out that Avril admitted her April Fool’s prank with Miley Cyrus (the divas pretended to beef) but kept quiet about “Breakaway”. It kind of sounds like her but the stripped back, country-tinged demo was recorded way back in 2001, so it’s hard to tell. Anyway, take a listen after the jump and decide for yourself. More »
You would be forgiven for thinking a Kelly Clarkson
and Martina McBride
duet would be a country-tinged affair. (After all, we know how much the inaugural American Idol
winner like to dabble in the genre
). Well, think again. The gals’ interpretation of Etta James
‘ “In The Basement” is actually a soaring soul anthem.
The song is part of Martina’s independently released Everlasting LP, which finds the enduring country diva tackling classic R&B tunes from artists like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. It sounds like a stretch in theory but if this excellent Don Was-produced collaboration is anything to go by, we’re in for a real treat. Listen to Kelly and Ms. McBride trade vocal blows after the jump. More »
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, not to mention Shakira
‘s touchy-feely “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
bed romp still fresh on our minds, we couldn’t help but think back to some of the great female pop pair-ups over the years. After all, we love ladies, and we love ladies who love to, er, duet
with other ladies.
For this particular roundup, we scoured the most recent crop of diva collabs (Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera), went a tiny bit old school (Beyonce and Shakira, Gaga and Bey), went really old school (Salt N Pepa and En Vogue, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston) and then threw in some straight-up classic female pairings (Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin). To round things out, we included a couple of tracks from female duos and a pair of separate songs by the same two female pop forces — one a rapstress-turned-actress, the other a tried and true Harajuku Girl enthusiast.
Head below and add a little sugar and spice to your life by hitting play on our special No Boys Allowed Valentine’s Day playlist! More »
Sure, it’s easy to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a pop music website. The entire pop industry is built on songs about falling in love sung by attractive, covetable
stars. Pop music gives couples “our song” and something to muffle the squeaky bed frame. But pop music is also a playground for the cold-hearted cynics scowling their way through this sappiest of holidays. And we’re here for them.
But instead of just doing another tired list of breakup songs, we’re highlighting professional breakups between artists and their producers (collaborations that, incidentally, are responsible for a fair share of breakup songs). Because an artistic relationship that results in pop music perfection is rare. When that ends, you can’t just take comfort in a pint of ice cream.
So below, we’ve eulogized 10 successful artist-producer teams that disintegrated because of diminishing returns, squabbles over creative control, alleged body-shaming or, in the case of Ke$ha and Dr. Luke, all three of those things. Happy Valentine’s Day! More »