Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of the television series American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This", topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the country's best-selling single of 2002. It was followed by the release of her debut album, Thankful (2003), which debuted atop the US Billboard 200. Trying to reinvent her image, Clarkson decided to part ways with Idol management and shifted to pop rock music for her second album, Breakaway (2004). Fueled by top 40 radio number-one singles such as "Since U Been Gone" and "Because of You", the album sold over 12 million copies worldwide and earned Clarkson two Grammy Awards.
She took further creative control for her third album, My December (2007), by becoming the executive producer and co-writing the entire album. However, her label was dissatisfied with her darker, less commercial rock music and reluctantly promoted the album. Clarkson returned to the top of the charts with her more mainstream-oriented fourth album, All I Ever Wanted (2009). Its lead single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", holds the record for the biggest jump to number one on the Hot 100 chart. Her fifth studio album, Stronger (2011), made Clarkson the first artist to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album twice. It spawned her third Hot 100 number-one single "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)". She became the first American female artist to achieve the best-selling holiday album of the year with Wrapped in Red (2013). Following the release of her third number-one album Piece by Piece (2015), Clarkson concluded her contract with RCA Records and signed with Atlantic Records in 2016. Her soul-influenced eighth album, Meaning of Life (2017), debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.
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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"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.
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.