Kelly Clarkson has sold over 20 million albums and over 30 million singles worldwide. Yet back in November when she performed at the American Music Awards, it wasn’t one of her three number one hits that people were buzzing about during her medley, nor was it her handful of platinum singles. Rather, it seemed everyone in the “Twitterverse” and who approached Clarkson afterward just wanted to talk about the 2003 song, “Miss Independent.” And this wasn’t the first time this has happened – thus the reason a live rendition of the track is included on her Greatest Hits: Chapter 1 album.
“Isn’t that funny?” remarked Clarkson when it was brought up during a November interview on “The Ralphie Show.” The audio aired for its first time on Thursday. “Everybody that has been talking to me has been like, ‘Oh my God, I totally forgot about ‘Miss Independent.’ That was my jam in high school!’”
Of course then Clarkson is not-so-subtly reminded that the song was released almost 10 years ago. But the times are-a-changin’. Perhaps she is still “Miss self-sufficient,” but Clarkson will also soon be “Mrs. Brandon Blackstock,” as she and her manager’s son were engaged just a few days before Christmas.
Kelly’s iTunes Session EP drops a couple days after Christmas. I’d imagine she chose this song because as she mentioned on “The Ralphie Show,” she’ll be in a new home this Christmas, and for the first time in a while, not spending the holiday single. Clarkson and boyfriend Brandon Blackstock just moved in to a new house and got engaged in time for Christmas.
Kelly Clarkson recently told The Associated Press that the only pop artist that has ever said “yes” to collaborating with her is Chris Daughtry. When asked about this on “The Ralphie Show,” the singer revealed two of her failed attempts.
“Either Bruno Mars or Lil Wayne, I had different songs for both of them,” Clarkson said in an interview that aired Thursday night on 95.5 PLJ’s “The Ralphie Show.” “It was just kind of a cool, random thing.”
Clarkson has no hard feelings for either artist as both were in the midst of touring at the time. The original “Idol” winner admitted that the road schedule for pop music stars is the biggest reason why she hasn’t been able to link up with any.
“So I know a lot of people are busy,” she said. “But, everyone can’t be busy right?”
The singer has better luck linking up with country artists; she duets with Vince Gill on her new Greatest Hits: Chapter 1 album.
“When the (record) label brought (the idea of the compilation) up to me, I was like, ‘Seriously? I’m not over,’” Clarkson recalled. “Usually, like a ‘Greatest Hits’ would be like someone older that’s like, ‘And this is what we’re doing because we can’t do anything else.’”
Clarkson’s perspective on the project is what prompted the “Chapter 1” in the album title.
“The past decade is going to be so different from the next decade for me,” Clarkson also said. “Your 20’s are just so difficult, and like very much a roller coaster ride. There’s some awesome things in there, but there’s also some like, ‘Oh God, please let me get to my 30’s.’”
The artist won “American Idol” when she was 20, and spent the next 10 years selling over 25 million albums across the world. The success came with its downfalls: a relatively public feud with RCA Records head Clive Davis and an empty search for love. As the 30 year-old Clarkson looks ahead, both seem to be in the rear-view mirror. The singer is currently dating Brandon Blackstock, her manager’s son and Reba McEntire’s stepson.
“We have a new house together, so it’s our first Christmas together, like in the new house, and we’re pretty excited,” said Clarkson. “We’re trying to do some first Christmas traditions.”
As for a possible engagement, Clarkson told Ellen DeGeneres that she and Blackstock “were totally going to get married.” In hindsight, she admitted to me that the fleeting moment of gushing about her beau led to a bit of embarrassment.
“I had such a girl moment!” Clarkson said, also noting that she didn’t think that she would be talking about her personal life on the show. “It’s awesome to be the youngest in my family and everyone’s married with children, and I’m like the black sheep that travels the world alone.”
Life & Style Weekly reports in the magazine’s latest edition about the loss of weight and gain of love that Kelly Clarkson recently experienced in her life. Events Editor Juliet Izon also dished on why Kendra Wilkinson doesn’t want any more kids and what Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are planning for their wedding this summer.
I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I talked about Kim Kardashian’s divorce, including exclusive reaction from Dana Carvey. Plus, Kelly Clarkson’s latest album Stronger sold well, but could not top a great first week of sales from Coldplay’s new LP, Mylo Xyloto, on the charts.
I appear every Thursday on “PA Live!” – a new, daily show on WBRE that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. The show is co-hosted by Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja.
A pair of German computer hackers were apprehended by authorities after allegedly gaining access to the personal computers of over 50 pop stars – including Justin Timberlake and Lady GaGa.
Exactly what and how much information was stolen is unknown, but German police say that by using Trojan Viruses, the two obtained unreleased music, credit card information, e-mails, and photographs. The grand scheme was to steal the material and then blackmail the artists in order not to release it, or to sell the music outright – which did happen in a couple of cases. Prosecutors say the blackmail attempt happened in at least one instance – when the computer gurus obtained x-rated photos of singer Ke$ha. However, no money exchanged hands.
It is believed that at least a couple of artists were forced to push up the release date of their forthcoming album due to the hackers’ efforts.
The Telegraph – a publication in the U.K. – also reports that federal agents were tipped off by none other than Kelly Clarkson, who first learned about unreleased demos leaking on to the Internet from her fans. The hackers, aged 17 and 23, have yet to be formally charged.