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Kelly Clarkson

The winner of Fox TV's first American Idol competition during the summer of 2002, Kelly Clarkson went from an anonymous talent to a nationally known singer in a matter of months, performing for an audience of millions. One of the show's most naturally gifted singers, the affable Texan then went on to enjoy a successful pop career, with only Carrie Underwood rivaling her as American Idol's most commercial export.

Clarkson was born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Texas, and her vocal talents were discovered in seventh grade, when a music teacher heard her voice and urged Clarkson to join the school choir. After high school, she opted to skip college and went to Hollywood to make her name; she appeared as an extra on an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, but no other opportunities materialized. Upon returning to Burleson, Clarkson worked at a movie theater, promoted Red Bull energy drinks, and ultimately worked as a cocktail waitress at a comedy club before entering the American Idol contest.

One of 10,000 aspiring singers, Clarkson distinguished herself not only with her big, surprisingly mature voice, but also with her down-to-earth charm and sense of humor; at one of her auditions, she switched places with judge Randy Jackson, who did an impromptu version of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." Over the course of the 13-week show, her consistently strong performances of songs like "Respect," "Natural Woman," "Stuff Like That There," and "Without You" earned Clarkson enough audience votes to claim one of the contest's two finalist positions. After singing "A Moment Like This" and "Before Your Love," both of which were written for the show, Clarkson won the American Idol contest with 58 percent of the audience's votes. In addition to the show's prize of one million dollars and a recording contract with RCA, Clarkson secured a deal with Creative Artists Agency and several bookings, including the national American Idol tour and a performance of the national anthem at the September 11 commemoration at Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial.

Despite her newfound fame, Clarkson opted to remain in Texas rather than move to New York or Los Angeles. Her first single, "A Moment Like This," was released just two weeks after she won the contest and quickly earned platinum sales. Clarkson's debut full-length, Thankful, was released in spring of 2003, just in time to coincide with the second season of American Idol (and right before the American Idol movie, From Justin to Kelly). Breakaway followed in late 2004 and was a huge success, selling over five million copies (making it the third best-selling album of 2005) and spawning the hit singles "Because of You," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," and the enormously popular "Since U Been Gone." That song and Breakaway earned Grammys for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, respectively, at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in early 2006. Clarkson continued her busy touring schedule into the summer and announced plans for her third album.

Clarkson released My December, the studio follow-up to Breakaway, in 2007. Notable as Clarkson's first foray into songwriting, My December featured a darker, more rock-oriented edge than its predecessor and even featured a guest appearance by punk icon and bassist Mike Watt. However, label exec Clive Davis openly disapproved of the album's direction, claiming that it lacked the commercial appeal of Breakaway. A public feud ensued, and Clarkson was dealt another blow when poor ticket sales resulted in the cancellation of her upcoming tour. The leadoff single "Never Again" nevertheless became a Top Ten pop hit, and My December climbed its way to platinum status by the year's end.

Clarkson returned to the top of the charts in early 2009, when the sugary single "My Life Would Suck Without You" set a record for the largest leap to number one. Composed by songwriting vets Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, and Claude Kelly, the song also set the stage for her fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, whose pop-minded material was mostly produced by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. While touring in support of All I Ever Wanted, Clarkson announced that she had begun work on material for her follow-up. Eventually, she collaborated with a handful of writers and producers, including Claude Kelly and Howard Benson, as well as Jason Halbert, Rodney Jerkins, and others. In 2011, Clarkson released the resulting album Stronger. Her fifth studio effort, the album featured the single "Mr. Know It All." A Greatest Hits package followed in 2012, and Clarkson's first holiday album, Wrapped in Red, was released in October of 2013. As well as the usual selection of festive favorites, it included a number of newly written songs, including several co-penned by Clarkson herself.

The year 2014 was relatively quiet, although she spent time recording her seventh album, Piece by Piece, with producer Greg Kurstin. The first single, "Heartbeat Song," appeared in January 2015, and the Billboard 200-topping album followed in March. It included songs from Sia Furler and Kara DioGuardi, as well as a feature for John Legend on "Run Run Run." ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Stronger

1. Mr. Know It All

2. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

3. Dark Side

4. Honestly

5. You Love Me

6. Einstein

7. Standing In Front Of You

8. I Forgive You

9. Hello

10. The War Is Over

11. Let Me Down

12. You Can't Win

13. Breaking Your Own Heart

15. Alone

16. Don't Be A Girl About It

17. The Sun Will Rise

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Track List: All I Ever Wanted

1. My Life Would Suck Without You

2. I Do Not Hook Up

3. Cry

4. Don't Let Me Stop You

5. All I Ever Wanted

6. Already Gone

7. If I Can't Have You

8. Save You

9. Whyyouwannabringmedown

10. Long Shot

11. Impossible

12. Ready

13. I Want You

14. If No One Will Listen

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Track List: My December

1. Never Again

2. One Minute

3. Hole

4. Sober

5. Don't Waste Your Time

6. Judas

7. Haunted

8. Be Still

9. Maybe

10. How I Feel

11. Yeah

12. Can I Have A Kiss

13. Irvine

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Track List: Breakaway

1. Breakaway

2. Since U Been Gone

3. Behind These Hazel Eyes

4. Because Of You

5. Gone

6. Addicted

7. Where Is Your Heart

8. Walk Away

9. You Found Me

10. I Hate Myself For Losing You

11. Hear Me

12. Beautiful Disaster (Live)

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Track List: Thankful

1. The Trouble With Love Is

2. Miss Independent

3. Low

4. Some Kind Of Miracle

5. What's Up Lonely

6. Just Missed The Train

7. Beautiful Disaster

8. You Thought Wrong (feat. Tamyra Gray)

9. Thankful

10. Anytime

11. A Moment Like This (New Mix)

12. Before Your Love (New Mix)

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Track List: Before Your Love / A Moment Like This

1. Before Your Love

2. A Moment Like This

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Track List: Catch My Breath (Cash Cash Remix) (Single)

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Track List: Don't Rush (Single)

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Track List: Get Up (A Cowboys Anthem) (Single)

1. Get Up (A Cowboys Anthem)

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Track List: Heartbeat Song (Didrick Remix) (Single)

1. Heartbeat Song (Didrick Remix)

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Track List: Heartbeat Song (Single)

1. Heartbeat Song

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Track List: Invincible (Single)

1. Invincible

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Track List: Never Again (Single)

1. Never Again

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Track List: Piece By Piece (Deluxe Version)

1. Heartbeat Song

2. Invincible

3. Someone

4. Take You High

5. Piece By Piece

6. Run Run Run (Feat. John Legend)

7. I Had A Dream

8. Let Your Tears Fall

9. Tightrope

10. War Paint

11. Dance With Me

12. Nostalgic

13. Good Goes The Bye

14. Bad Reputation

15. In The Blue

16. Second Wind

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Track List: Piece By Piece (Single)

1. Piece By Piece

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Track List: Piece By Piece Remixed

1. Piece By Piece (Idol Version)

2. Heartbeat Song (Lenno Remix)

3. Invincible (Vicetone Mix)

4. Someone (Frank Pole Remix)

5. Take You High (Rytmeklubben By Henrik The Artist & Torjus)

6. Let Your Tears Fall (Cutmore Remix)

7. Dance With Me (Young Bombs Remix)

8. Nostalgic (Mighty Mike & Teesa Aka Kolaj Remix)

9. Second Wind (Cheat Codes Remix)

10. Tightrope (Tour Version)

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Track List: Sober

1. Sober

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Track List: Tie It Up (Single)

1. Tie It Up

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Track List: Up To The Mountain

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Track List: Walk Away (Chris Fox Full On Club Mix) (Radio Single)

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School just fit out. The boy I like is leaving
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Your amazing singer
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Love you
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I. Have Get out. Form. The. School the e. The. Right now. Have. The the. Have the. Pizza
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You will be kissed by the love of your life by the nearest Friday. Post this on 15 songs in 143 minutes and press the space bar
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Hi
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Awesome
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Kiss your hand five times post this on two other stations then look under your pillow
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I ❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Piece by piece ✌✌✌✌✌✌✌✌✌✌
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I love you so much
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I love you so much ������������
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Heartbeat song
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soniagon33
Don't read this. He will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you started reading this don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you wiil have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works
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Heartbeat Song
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Say iPad 5 times and post this on one other song.pick a color and look under ur pillow
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IPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone purple
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iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone blue.
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My name is Kelly I really like it do you!!!������
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Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Post this on 3 other songs
Then look under your pillow
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One of my very best songs!!! Ever!! Girl rocks!!
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Because Of You
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Heartbeat Song
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My name is kellysalgado
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Just found this song and though might as well see what it's like. SO AWESOMES. I'm a big fan now! <3
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Kiss your hand 5times say you crushes name and he will ask you out
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I love your hair it looks so cute
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Say your name
pick a day of the week
Post on 5 other songs and ur crush will ask you out
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Kiss your hand five times and post this on two other songs and look under your pillow and will find a pink or blue I phone
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Alex07099 do not give out personal information like that you never know what will happen
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I love your hair and makeup. How are things going on with your life is it going well so far
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k ke kel kell kelly c cl cla clar clark clarks clarkso clarkson
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I ♡ u kelly
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Huh when it hear this I imagine my Fnaf OC Dragoness singing this to Springtrap.
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Yay this is one of my favs
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Say iPhone 5x
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I love you Kelly I love your songs and I'm sorry about your dad
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I love her new song piece by piece. It is great. It makes me cry somtimes
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Happy. Birthday dear the. You.
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Leveling Plymouth
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Happy. Mother's Day the. You in Plymouth North Plymouth
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Really don't care frat Cheer and. Have. ;;;; Going the. School. And. Have. Annie. In. Honover. In. Have. The. Hoping. Mommmys. House Plymouth north high school laerrrccssss e . The. Sam. Drive. A. Puppy. The. The. The. Right eddy the puppppu 6 week old
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Don't. Have. School happpy. Mothers.Day. Mapping. Boston chideinds. Hoppstail. Have. School on. The. Monday. Tom. On. Monday 9. Racheal Rachael Plttttan. My. Fight song.
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This is my f*rt poop song and I'm gonna play it been so long I have been doing it
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