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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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"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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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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