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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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Duets is a singing competition reality television show that premiered on May 24, 2012 on ABC. The show stars Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles as mentors who search for singers to duet with them as they perform in front of a live studio audience. Quddus serves as the host. The show is a production of Keep Calm and Carry On Productions. Robert Deaton and Charles Wachter are the executive producers.

On April 30, 2012, it was confirmed that John Legend had replaced Lionel Richie as a mentor on the show; Richie left the show citing "personal scheduling conflicts." Nettles' contestant J Rome went on to win the show on July 19, 2012 and as immediately signed to Hollywood Records.

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Clarkson at the 2009 Women's World Awards


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"Since U Been Gone" is a song by American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson from her second album, Breakaway (2004). The song, which was written and produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke, was released on November 16, 2004 by RCA Records as the second single from the album. It is an uptempo pop song that infuses electronic sound with a mixture of soft and loud alternative-rock sound. Martin originally wrote "Since U Been Gone" with Pink in mind but the singer turned it down. It was then given to Hilary Duff but she rejected the song because she could not reach its higher notes. The song was finally given to Clarkson after Clive Davis convinced the writers to give it to her. Clarkson decided to add heavier guitars and harder drums to the song after noticing that the demo has an obvious pop sound. "Since U Been Gone" is the last track that Clarkson recorded for Breakaway. Lyrically, the song is written from a woman's point of view where she expresses her sense of relief with the end of her troubled relationship.

"Since U Been Gone" garnered positive reviews from music critics who considered the song to be the highlight of Breakaway. Critics also felt that it was one of the best pop songs in the last decade. "Since U Been Gone" was a commercial success. In the United States, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It topped the US Pop 100 for six consecutive weeks and the US Pop Songs for seven consecutive weeks respectively. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over one million copies sold. "Since U Been Gone" was also a worldwide success, peaking in the top five in Austria, Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. It also peaked in the top ten in Norway, Germany and Switzerland.

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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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