Oh man, I LOVE Kelly Clarkson. Ever since she sang “Stuff like that there” on American Idol ten years ago. And her new album stronger showcases her voice beautifully. So, here is a little treat for Kelly lovers, two songs from her Unplugged special that will be airing on November 17. One of the songs, “I know you won’t” was originally recorder by another Idol champ, Carrie Underwood. Her voice soars on that song, so great. The second song is what has been said to be Kelly’s new single from her new album, “Stronger’, the title track “What doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”.
I Know You Won’t – Kelly Clarkson
What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)
Just a few months ago Scotty McCreery was crowned the American Idol. Today his first album, Clear as Day, was released and fans of Scotty will not be disappointed. Ever since his days on Idol I thought Scotty had the potential to be one of the strongest winners to come out of the show. His voice is unique, for an Idol winner, girls will find him cute and he seems like a down to earth humble kid. I even bought some of his songs while he was still on the show and I am not a country fan.
After the show, Scotty’s debut was the highest for a new artist on the Country charts in the SoundScan era, which can be a very good thing. His collection of hits from the show, sold only at Walmart, sold very well. Many people don’t like country music, but let’s not forget that one of the highest selling artists over the past few years has been Taylor Swift, a country darling. And one of American Idol’s biggest stars happens to be one of the most successful country acts, Carrie Underwood. So, country may keep shining on with Scotty.
Will Scotty be able to break the curse? For the past few years American Idol has crowned a guy as a winner, and sadly they have not been wildly successful. David Cook did well on sales, but Kris Allen and Lee Dewyze were outshined by their season’s finalists. Personally, I don’t see that happening here, since I believe Scotty has a greater appeal than Lauren Alaina. Her album will be coming out next week.
Scotty’s album, Clear as Day, it’s a country album, it’s fun, has a lot of twang and is currently showing well on iTunes. Not only does it have two of the most prominent promo spots on the iTunes store, it has propelled to number one on the albums chart.
Will Scotty be the next country superstar? Time will tell.
While most pop singers collaborate with other contemporary artists, there is something different about Lady Gaga. At times it’s hard for me to remember that Lady Gaga is just 25 years old. Not only is she a record breaking artist, named one of the most influential people in the world and a fashion icon, she also plays with the big guys.
On her latest album, Born This Way, she collaborated with Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen, and Brian May, guitar player for Queen. And yes, her hit Telephone was a duet with Beyoncé who is a contemporary, but that is not all Lady Gaga is about. Lately she is sought after for collaborations with artists who are legends in the music industry.
During the 2010 Grammy’s Gaga performed a fantastic duet with Elton John in which they meshed their songs Speechless and Your Song. She wrote a song, The Greatest Thing, which is expected to be released this year being sung by Cher and her. Last week, she performed with Sting and again this past weekend for his Birthday. And she also performed a duet with Tony Bennett on his new album, singing The Lady is a Tramp, which you can watch below.
There are many reasons why I love Lady Gaga as an artist, and this is one of them, she loves what she does. Yes, she loves shocking people with her performances and fashion, but at the core all that she does is based on her love for music and art. She is flashy and crazy because she loves it, but give her a piano and a mic and she will still blow you away. Thing that many artists with great success are unable to do. Actually, some of my favorite Gaga performances are when it’s just her and the piano. Add to that the fact that she is an amazing songwriter and that, for me, is what tells me that her career will be a very long and successful one.
But again, can you really believe she is just 25? Wow.
Florence + The Machine’s new album is coming out soon! This makes me very excited. I love Florence, hers is one of my favorite voices out there. Her voice and music are hauntingly beautiful and let’s just say that her first album was on constant rotation here for at least six months.
Well, the second song for her new album has been released and it is amazing. The first song, “What the water gave me” was good, I liked it but didn’t love it. But this new song, “Shake it Out” gets me going, I LOVE it.
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back, so shake him off.
Watch the video for Shake it Out below.
I’m usually not the one that starts dancing at places. And yes, I love dancing. I especially love when I go nuts and dance on my own. But I love when someone has the guts to not give a f… I mean, not care about anyone around and have a great time. The guy on this video did just that and madness ensued. Amazing. Flash mobs have nothing on this! Enjoy!
It seems that to a certain extent American Idol is learning from previous mistakes. I have always said that they miss out on striking while the iron is hot, letting the contestants’ names fade from people’s minds before any music or marketing is put out. This year, Pia Toscano, who was surprisingly eliminated early on the competition was signed to Interscope. In what has become a common event, the winner Scotty McCreery and the runner up, Lauren Alaina, where also signed. And a few weeks back it was announced that the famous growler, Haley Reinhart, also secured a recording contract with Interscope. Scotty and Lauren had their first singles as coronation songs, again, a normal move on Idol. But Pia, had a brand new single. We are still waiting for Haley’s first single, I, for one, am looking forward to it.
Not only did these three released singles but this week, videos for the singles were released. Watch them below! Who do you think has what it takes to make it in the long run?
Pia Toscano – This Time
Scotty McCreery – I Love You This Big
Lauren Alaina – Like My Mother Does