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Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. Her celebrity began after she won the inaugural season of the television series American Idol in 2002 and came second in the 2003 World Idol television special. She also appeared in other televised singing competitions such as The X Factor, The Voice and Duets.

Immediately after winning American Idol, Clarkson was signed to a US$1 million recording deal with RCA Records and made her chart debut in September 2002 with the number-one double A-side single "Before Your Love" / "A Moment Like This". Her debut album, Thankful, was released in 2003 and included the hit single "Miss Independent". Her second album, Breakaway, appeared the following year and featured a more pop rock-oriented sound. Its hit singles were "Breakaway", "Since U Been Gone", "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Because of You". Breakaway has become her most successful album to date.

Clarkson's third album My December, released in 2007, presented a more purely rock-oriented sounded. It was moderately successful and produced the hit single "Never Again". A return to a more pop-rock sound in her fourth album All I Ever Wanted (2009) was more successful and spawned the international hit singles "My Life Would Suck Without You" and "Already Gone". Her fifth album Stronger, released in 2011, featured a dance-pop sound and the hit singles "Mr. Know It All", "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and "Dark Side". "Stronger" has become her most successful single to date.

In 2012, Clarkson's first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits: Chapter One, was released along with the singles "Catch My Breath", "Don't Rush" and "People Like Us".

Aside from her renown as the "Original American Idol", Clarkson is also known for her personality and vocal versatility. Her music has gained her numerous accolades, including three Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and a Women's World Award. To date, she has sold over 12 million albums in the United States and more than 23 million albums worldwide, making her the most successful national Idol.

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World Idol was the title of an international television special based on the television singing competition Pop Idol, featuring winners of the various national Idol series around the world competing against each other.

The performance show was held on December 25, 2003, with the results show held on January 1, 2004. It was filmed in the London, using the stage from the recently completed second series of Pop Idol. After presenting the competitors, viewers from the 11 participating nations were allowed to vote by telephone, but not for the participant from their home country. The Norwegian Idol Kurt Nilsen went on to win the special, with American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson becoming the runner-up.

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Clarkson at 2009 American Music Awards


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"Because of You" is a song performed by American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson. It was written by Clarkson, David Hodges and Ben Moody while the production was handled by Hodges and Moody. The song was released on August 16, 2005, as the fourth single (third in Europe) from Clarkson's second studio album, Breakaway. Clarkson originally wrote the first version of "Because of You" when she was 16 years old in order to cope with her parents' divorce. She wanted to include the song on her first album, Thankful, but her request was not accepted by her label. She had to polish the song with Hodges and Moody before successfully convincing her label to include it in Breakaway.

Lyrically, "Because of You" explores emotional pain from a damaging relationship and critics deemed it is a fiery ode to Clarkson's father. The song begins with a piano-led melody and as it launches into the chorus, a roaring guitar is evident. Critically, "Because of You" garnered positive reviews by most music critics who generally praised Clarkson's vocals. The song became Clarkson's most successful single around the world; in the United States, it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 1.5 million digital downloads. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Internationally, the song topped the charts in the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland as well as reaching the top ten in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It also became the only song by Clarkson to chart in France until "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" entered the French chart in 2012.

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Breakaway is the second studio album by American recording artist Kelly Clarkson, released on November 30, 2004 through RCA Records. Breakaway received two awards at the 48th Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the hit single "Since U Been Gone".

The twelve-song set features Clarkson departing from her previous R&B/pop sound in Thankful (Kelly Clarkson album) and began developing a pop-rock sound by collaborating with pop producers Max Martin, Luke Gottwald; pop rock artist Avril Lavigne; and rock musicians David Hodges, Ben Moody, both of whom were part of the award-winning rock band Evanescence. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 for selling 250,000 copies. It was eventually certified sextuple Platinum by the RIAA. It remains Clarkson's most-successful album to date, with sales of 6.2 million copies sold in the United States and over 12 million worldwide.


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