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PopWatch Confessional: The karaoke song that conquered you


10 years ago Sunday, RCA Records released “Since U Been Gone,” the lead single off of Kelly Clarkson’s album Breakaway. It wasn’t long before the song became one of America’s top belt-it-into-your-hairbrush anthems—and enterprising karaoke singers began attempting to put their own spin on it, only to discover a shocking truth: That ish is hard to sing.

In honor of Kelly’s big anniversary, we asked our staffers to ‘fess up about our experiences with the most surprisingly tough karaoke songs. Here are our answers—starting with the tune that inspired the question.

Lanford Beard, staff editor: I’m an alto, so a lot of Kelly Clarkson’s songs seem perfectly suited to my vocal sweet spot… until the chorus. “Since U Been Gone” is the most ear-piercing example of my former hubris. I don’t have a specific memory—maybe I’ve blacked it out?—but I still have a vivid sensation of getting to that earworm-y title phrase and sounding like a dying cat. At least with some other upper-register belters (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” for example), there’s wiggle room vocally—but when trying to emulate Kelly Clarkson’s crazy-good range, you will fail. Don’t be fooled by the American Idol’s beginnings on a glorified karaoke competition. Her original hits should pretty much all be filed under: “Don’t try this at home… and especially not at a karaoke bar.” READ FULL STORY

'Silent Night': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL

The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.

UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.

“Silent Night” has been around since 1818 (in its original German, at least), and one of our favorite versions was recorded just this year. (Are there any other early 19th-century jams on the charts today?)

Listen to our top six and vote in heavenly peace below for your favorite:

Kelly Clarkson's wedding video is straight out of Pinterest heaven -- VIDEO

From a wedding singer in her “Tie It Up” music video to a real-life bride in her own wedding video, Kelly Clarkson is conquering the wedding world one adorable video at a time.

The singer recently tweeted a video from Sunday’s top secret ceremony, in which Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farm, a resort in Walland, Tenn. In the video, we get a glimpse of the gorgeous fall setting, Clarkson’s intimate ceremony, and all things love. Between the colorful trees, the bridge, and the canoe, Clarkson’s wedding might as well have been straight out of Pinterest wedding heaven.

Weiss Eubanks Film made the video, which is set to Patty Griffin’s “Heavenly Day.” Like I said, Pinterest heaven (minus a mason jar or two). Watch Clarkson’s Blackstock’s  wedding video below:

Hey, Kelly Clarkson, it's time to release an album of cover songs

The time: More than a decade ago — 2002, to be specific — and it was Big Band Week on American Idol. Ugh, this week is going to suck, I said to myself, letting my distaste for the genre shine through. And I would have been correct in my assumption — had it not been for Kelly Clarkson’s rousing, fun-filled, and totally punchy performance of Betty Hutton’s “Stuff Like That There.” That was the first time I remember thinking, with 100 percent conviction, that Kelly Clarkson could sing anything — and it would be far from the last.

Fast forward to today, when I stumbled upon a two-week old YouTube video of her covering Mumford & Sons’s “I Will Wait,” which I’ve been rewinding Michael Scott-style on YouTube for the last four hours. READ FULL STORY

Grammys 2013: Kelly Clarkson (and her engagement ring) shine through stage fright

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Of all the performers called up during the first two marathon days of Grammy rehearsals, none arrived on stage as visibly nervous as Kelly Clarkson who made no secret that she worried about a one-woman train wreck at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. The 30-year-old isn’t fretting about her singing voice (which sounded amazing at Friday rehearsals) or her three Grammy nominations (which include record of the year, perhaps the most coveted trophy in all of music). So what had the American Idol alumnus moaning weakly into the microphone?

“I can’t believe you’re making me say all of this,” Clarkson said Friday as she faced a cruel teleprompter with a speech about two of this year’s Grammy lifetime achievement award winners, Carole King and Patti Page. The mighty stage singer, it turns out, turns to jelly as a public speaker. At one point, mocking herself, she let loose with some speed-talking gibberish that sounded like an alien auctioneer.

All of it was very endearing, actually, and the small audience at Staples Center that witnessed her practice session (the crew, some press, industry types, and a few hundred contest-winning fans, guests and industry types) gave her a lot of loud support for good humor and pained candor. She was a trouper, in fact, just for letting the fans watch her struggle through – with a word she could have cleared the entire venue as country peer Taylor Swift did later in the evening.

Those fans were especially excited to be in the arena when Clarkson let loose with her singing voice, which showed no signs of hitch or hesitation. Clarkson, standing on a small pedestal stage that sits in the center of the floor audience, delivered a crystalline version of “The Tennessee Waltz,” one of Page’s signature hits, and then an absolutely incandescent version of “Natural Woman,” the song written by King and most famously interpreted by Aretha Franklin. And yes, that’s right Idol fans, that song would be familiar if you were tuning in during the show’s earliest days…



Kelly Clarkson covers Eminem, Coldplay, and Foo Fighters -- VIDEO

Remember how much fun we had watching every single one of Kelly Clarkson’s covers from her Stronger tour?

Well, now that ABC’s singing competition Duets has (mercifully) wrapped, the original American Idol is back on the road for a summer tour with The Fray, and when she’s not recording theme songs for the Dallas Cowboys, she’s serving up more nightly fan-requested covers. Guess what? They’re as jaw-droppingly gorgeous as ever.

Over the last three weeks, Clarkson has brought her powerhouse pipes to songs like “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry, “We Are Young” by Fun., and “Not Over You” by Gavin DeGraw. On Friday, she even donned a zip-up hoodie and rapped “Lose Yourself” by Eminem.

Basically, you need to see these 14 performances, and because we care about you faithful readers so much, we’ve compiled them all below. Enjoy! READ FULL STORY

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