Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer and songwriter.Kelly  won the first season of American Idol in 2002 which earned her a record deal with RCA records.On September 17, 2002, her debut double-A-side single,”A Moment Like This” was released.After debuting at number 60 on the  Billboard  Hot 100 chart the single subsequently rose to number one .It eventually went on to become the best-selling single of 2002 in the United States.

Clarkson’s debut album, Thankful, was released on April 15, 2003. Thankful was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell over 4.5 million copies worldwide ,debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell over 4.5 million copies worldwide.It was later certified double platinum by the RIAA, platinum in Canada, and gold in Japan and Australia. Its lead single”Miss Independent”released on November 18, 2003 became her first international hit which charted top ten in five countries including the US It earned Clarkson her first Grammy Award  nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” at the 46th Grammy Awards.

Kelly wanted to try something different and did not want people to perceive  only from her American Idol image .So she decided to part ways with Fuller and 19 Management. On November 30, 2004, Breakaway was released and became Clarkson’s most commercially successful album.It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and the third-best-selling album of 2005 in the US and was certified sextuple platinum by the RIAA The album also enjoyed success throughout the world; it topped the charts in the Netherlands and Ireland and became the world’s seventh-best-selling album of 2005 and went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide.

“Since You Been Gone”was released as the album’s lead single in November 2004 and became Clarkson most successful single on the Hot 100, despite peaking at number two.The second and third singles, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Because Of You”, also followed suit—peaking at number six and number seven on the Hot 100. On the European Hot Singles chart “Because of You”  became Clarkson’s first number-one single . It also topped the charts in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Switzerland.According to Mediabase, Clarkson was the most-played artist of 2006 in the U.S.

Clarkson’s third studio album, My December , was released on June 22, 2007.My December debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA and sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. It featured only one major hit single, “Never Again”, which debuted and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100—her highest debut on the chart ever.

Clarkson’s fourth album, “All I Ever Wanted”, was released on March 10, 2009.The album was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and staying there for two weeks and sold 960,000 copies in the U.S. and garnered Clarkson a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 52 Grammy Awards. Its first single “My Life Would Suck Without You”became an international hit. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 1 and rose to the top position for the following week. The release of “Already Gone” became a subject of another dispute between Clarkson and RCA, after she realized its similarities with Beyonce’s song “Halo”, both of which were produced by Tedder.

Clarkson recorded a country duet with Jason Aldean  entitled “Dont You Wanna Stay” for his 2010 album.became her first number-one song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and has sold over two million digital downloads, making it the best-selling country collaboration in history.

In her fifth studio album “Stronger” Kelly incorporated country vibes, released on October 21, 2011. Stronger debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified was certified platinum by the RIAA. Strongers lead single, “Mr. Know It All”, was released in September 2011. It reached number one in Australia and South Korea and attained a top-ten position in seven countries, including the U.S., where it became her ninth top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“Stronger(What Doesnt Kill You” served as the second single in January 2012, and topped sixteen Billboard charts, becoming her third number one on the Hot 100 and makes Clarkson best-selling single, with 4.7 million copies sold in the U.S. alone. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of her career in music industry, Clarkson released her first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits-Chapter One   on November 19, 2012.”Catch My Breath” was released as the lead single in October 2012 and peaked at number 19 on the Hot 100.

In January 2013, Clarkson performed “My Country,Tis Of Thee” at the second inauguration of the U.S. President Barack Obama .Clarkson’s sixth studio album and first Christmast record was released on October 25, 2013 titled “Wrapped In Red” the album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Holidays Albums and at number three on the Billboard 200 chart.

In February 2015, Clarkson released Piece By Piece, her seventh and final studio album under her recording contract with RCA Records. Piece by Piece had  three singles :”Heartbeat Song” “Invincible” and the final single  “Piece By Piece” debuted at at number eight on the Hot 100 chart.

On June 24, 2016, Clarkson announced she had signed a long-term worldwide deal with Atlantic Records with the intentions of releasing a soul-influenced album in 2017.

Breakaway earned Clarkson many accolades, including two trophies at the 48th Grammy Awards—the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance  for “Since U Been Gone” and the Best Pop Vocal Performance. She also won Best Female Video two years in a row, each for “Since U Been Gone” and “Because of You”, at the MTV Video Music Awards.The song Stronger(What Doesnt Kill You) was nominated for three Grammy Awards—Record Of The Year , Song Of The Year, and Best Solo Performance.Clarkson earned more nominations from country music industry, including Best County Duo/Group Performance for “Don’t Rush” at the 56th Grammy Annual Awards  and Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2012 Country Music Association Awards. At the 58th Annual Grammy Awards , the album and “Heartbeat Song” was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance, respectively. The following year, the title track also received nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

In February 2016, it was announced that Clarkson had signed a book deal with HarperCollins . Her first children’s book, entitled, River Rose And Magical Lullaby was released on October 4, 2016. The book features an original Lullaby written and performed by Clarkson.

Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock married on October 20, 2013, at Blackberry Farm in Walland,Tennessee. Clarkson became a stepmother to Blackstock’s daughter and son from his previous marriage. Their first child, a daughter, was born in June 2014, and their second child, a son, in April 2016.

Net Worth : $28 Million.

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