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Welcome to another addition of Popstar Versus A Vegetable, the ultra-scientific segment where the humble popstar goes head-to-head with the mighty veggie in the biggest battle of singer versus food staple that we’ve ever encountered.
This week, we’re pitting the British staple of kale (like cabbage but sweeter, don’tcha know) against Kelly Clarkson, all-American songstress and all-round good girl in a battle of American veterans versus British vegetables. Here’s the results, dear viewers:
American Idol winner and all-round amazing popstar Kelly Clarkson has covered a vintage Mariah Carey hit in concert!
During her gig in Canandaigua (apparently a real place, who knew?!), Kelly treated her audience to a rendition of the classic 1990s pop ballad ‘Always Be My Baby’, also disclosing that she wished Mariah, who is the latest addition to the Idol panel, had been judging the show when she was an auditionee!
We just love this song no matter who sings it.
The long-titled ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ has been compared to Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne and we can see why as we can’t stop humming it!
While you wait for the official video, have a singalong to the lyric video!
Do you know the words yet?
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ may have only peaked at No.8 at the beginning of 2012, but the fact it has stuck around for so long has made it her biggest-selling single ever in the UK. Yep, more than ‘Since U Been Gone’, more than ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’… even more than ‘Low/The Trouble With Love Is’. Up to midnight on Saturday it had sold 365,272 downloads on these shores, only 500 copies behind her 2009 No. 1 ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’ – a gap it will have comfortably closed either yesterday or today. The album Stronger has also just overtaken her last opus, All I Ever Wanted, as it cruises over the 200,000 sales mark, but is unlikely to ever reach the 1.5 million total managed by 2004′s Breakaway. Over in the US, ‘Stronger’ is the 4th best-selling single of the year so far, having shifted an amazing 3 million copies. Great to see that Kelly’s still got her mojo ten years after winning American Idol, and almost enough to make us forgive the British public for only getting ‘Dark Side’ as far as No.40. ALMOST.
The Lawson boys have said they would definitely be up for recording a duet with Kelly Clarkson. The ‘When She Was Mine’ pop-rockers came faces-to-face with the ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’ hitmaker at the Capital FM Summertime Ball, and revealed that “she is the nicest women ever”. They added: “To be fair, we’ve got a few tunes where Kelly would be great on!” That is indeed fair. In further good news, Clarko has kicked off production on her sixth album. She told a Hampshire radio station that we can expect it at some point in 2013. In the meantime her flippin’ amazing new tune ‘Dark Side’ is out now.
Oi you impatient lot. Here are the 3 people who’ve won a pair of tickets to this year’s biggest pop gig. Jess Stickley, David Rewes, Stephen Buckingham. We’ve sent you an email with details for claiming your tickets. Everyone else, another Comp of the Day coming up soon…
In just 11 days some of Planet Pop’s biggest names are heading to London’s Wembley Stadium for the pop gig of the year. Coldplay, Conor Maynard, Cover Drive, Example, Ed Sheeran, Flo Rida, Jessie J, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Lawson, Pitbull, Rita Ora, Usher and The Wanted will be performing at London’s SOLD OUT Summertime Ball. And we’ve got 3 pairs of tickets up for grabs. For your chance to win these money-can’t-buy tickets for you and a VERY lucky mate simply.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
The video for Single Of The Century, aka ‘Dark Side’ by Kelly Clarkson, premièred yesterday. Scenes showing the first lady of American Idol having a sing-song are mixed with shots of people standing around looking like they need a hug… then actually getting a hug from the big-lunged belter herself. OK, so as a video it’s not quite as epic and life-defining as it was built up to be, but it’s an affecting touch that the extras aren’t actors but people who are real-life ex-lovers, former self-harmers etc etc. Check it out below – we hope it’s a big hit.
Last night’s Billboard Music Awards dealt up a bum-numbing amount of performances from the biggest and best names in pop. So, to save you rifling through them all, allow us to break down which ones were good and which should be forgotten.
Katy Perry – ‘Wide Awake’
The 94th single from Katy’s Teenage Dream album was performed for the first time, and though the whole production of it was quite ambitious, it didn’t quite catch on the way we thought it would. Firstly, Katy probably learned the important lesson that mid-air acrobatics don’t make life easy when it comes to singing live, and secondly once you’ve seen them spin around once or twice, you’re kind of over it. Great song, not a great performance. Miss
Kelly Clarkson fans, your prayers have been answered. The one-woman anthem factory will be heading over to the UK later this year for five arena shows in support of her fifth album Stronger. Tickets are on sale at 9am on Friday (May 18), and the jaunt will call in at Manchester Arena (October 12), Birmingam’s LG Arena (October 14), Glasgow’s Braehead Arena (October 16), Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena (October 18) and London’s Wembley Arena (October 20). There is an 87.3% chance that it will be amazing.