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.
The first season of American Idol: The Search for a Superstar premiered on June 11, 2002 and continued until September 4, 2002. It was won by Kelly Clarkson. It was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman.
The winner, Kelly Clarkson, signed with RCA Records, the label in partnership with American Idol's 19 Entertainment. Immediately post-finale, Clarkson released a double-A side single, including the coronation song, "Before Your Love"/"A Moment Like This". "Before Your Love"/"A Moment Like This" went on to break a thirty-eight year old record held by The Beatles for a song's biggest leap to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It jumped up from number fifty-two to number one in just one week. She held that record for five years. Clarkson later reclaimed that record back in 2009 with her hit single "My Life Would Suck Without You" when it jumped up from number ninety-seven to number one. Clarkson has enjoyed a successful recording career since winning, with multiple-platinum albums, three number-one Hot 100 singles and two Grammy Awards. Runner-up Justin Guarini also signed with RCA Records, eventually debuting an album in 2003 after the conclusion of season 2. RCA dropped him shortly after its debut. In addition to Clarkson and Guarini, also signed were Nikki McKibbin, Tamyra Gray, R. J. Helton, and Christina Christian.
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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.
Stronger is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson. The album was released on October 21, 2011 in Australia and October 24, 2011 in the United States and the United Kingdom through RCA Records. The thirteen-song set (seventeen on the deluxe edition) features Clarkson collaborating with new musicians Greg Kurstin, Steve Jordan, Rodney Jerkins, Toby Gad, Brian Kennedy and Ester Dean, as well as recording with longtime collaborator Howard Benson. Wanting to stray away sonically from her previous albums, Clarkson's main objective was to record her vocal performances as it is heard in her live sets, and used as little auto-tune processing as possible. The album also marked the first release by Clarkson that did not cause a conflict with RCA; her previous records, most notably My December, were released amidst conflict and controversy.
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