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.
Duets is a singing competition reality television show that premiered on May 24, 2012 on ABC. The show stars Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles as mentors who search for singers to duet with them as they perform in front of a live studio audience. Quddus serves as the host. The show is a production of Keep Calm and Carry On Productions. Robert Deaton and Charles Wachter are the executive producers.
On April 30, 2012, it was confirmed that John Legend had replaced Lionel Richie as a mentor on the show; Richie left the show citing "personal scheduling conflicts." Nettles' contestant J Rome went on to win the show on July 19, 2012 and as immediately signed to Hollywood Records.
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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.