Portal:Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of the television series American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This", topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the country's best-selling single of 2002. It was followed by the release of her debut album, Thankful (2003), which debuted atop the US Billboard 200. Trying to reinvent her image, Clarkson decided to part ways with Idol management and shifted to pop rock music for her second album, Breakaway (2004). Fueled by top 40 radio number-one singles such as "Since U Been Gone" and "Because of You", the album sold over 12 million copies worldwide and earned Clarkson two Grammy Awards.

She took further creative control for her third album, My December (2007), by becoming the executive producer and co-writing the entire album. However, her label was dissatisfied with her darker, less commercial rock music and reluctantly promoted the album. Clarkson returned to the top of the charts with her more mainstream-oriented fourth album, All I Ever Wanted (2009). Its lead single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", holds the record for the biggest jump to number one on the Hot 100 chart. Her fifth studio album, Stronger (2011), made Clarkson the first artist to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album twice. It spawned her third Hot 100 number-one single "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)". She became the first American female artist to achieve the best-selling holiday album of the year with Wrapped in Red (2013). Following the release of her third number-one album Piece by Piece (2015), Clarkson concluded her contract with RCA Records and signed with Atlantic Records in 2016. Her soul-influenced eighth album, Meaning of Life (2017), debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.

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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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"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", sometimes referred to as just "Stronger", and originally known as "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)", is a song by American pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson. It was written by Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, and Greg Kurstin; with Kurstin handling the production. It was sent to mainstream radio on January 17, 2012, by RCA Records as the second single from Clarkson's fifth album, Stronger (2011). The track is an uptempo pop rock song that uses a vibrant beat pulsating with synth and electric guitar. According to Clarkson, the song was inspired by a Friedrich Nietzsche quote, translated to "That which does not kill us makes us stronger", and its lyrics contain the theme of empowerment. The song has been received as an anthem for empowerment and recovery.

The song was met with positive reviews from music critics and became a commercial success worldwide. In the United States, it became Clarkson's third song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three non-consecutive weeks, surpassing "A Moment Like This" and "My Life Would Suck Without You" as her longest-running number one single in the US. The song also topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs, Adult Pop Songs, Pop Songs, and Adult Contemporary charts, making her the first artist ever to have topped the Hot 100 and each of Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs, Country Songs, Adult Contemporary, Pop Songs, and Adult Pop Songs charts. Internationally, the song topped the charts in Poland and Slovakia and attained a top-ten position in over fifteen countries around the world. The song became Clarkson's first song to chart in Finland, and her second song to chart in France, following "Because of You". The song is currently her most commercially successful single in the United States, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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My December is the third studio album by American pop-rock singer Kelly Clarkson. The album was released on June 22, 2007 throughout through RCA Records.

Clarkson confirmed the name of the album in her journal on her fan club website on February 27, 2007. The thirteen-song set features Clarkson developing a more rock-oriented sound and image by collaborating with her tour members and rock producer David Kahne. It was released amid conflict with RCA Records, particularly with its chairman at the time, music mogul Clive Davis, who produced her first two albums and was dissatisfied by the third album's lack of professional record producer input—referring to Clarkson's refusal to collaborate with former pop producers Max Martin and Luke Gottwald from her second studio album, Breakaway. The conflict affected the album's commercial performance, causing Clarkson to cancel some of its promotion. It was eventually certified Platinum by the RIAA but remains Clarkson's least successful album to date.


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