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Celine Dion looks to Top 40 with new album

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Celine Dion, the Canadian diva, is attempting a make-over with her new album following a four-year run at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

New Celine Dion album offers some suprises

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Songstress Celine Dion seems to be adopting an edgier image now that her Las Vegas show, "A New Day," is set to end its 4 1/2 year run in December.

Clarkson kicks off My December tour in NY

VERONA , N.Y., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Former "American Idol" star Kelly Clarkson has kicked off her 26-city "My December" tour in Verona, N.Y.

Reba CD is new No. 1 album on U.S. charts

LOS ANGELES , Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Country music star Reba McEntire's new "Reba Duets" CD has knocked Kanye West's "Graduation" from the No. 1 spot atop the U.S. album charts.

Virgin America now offers music videos

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Passengers flying on Virgin America now have an on-demand music video library to entertain them during flights.

Kelly hires Reba's manager hubby

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- "American Idol" star Kelly Clarkson has hired the husband and manager of her real-life idol, Reba McEntire, to guide her career as well.

Kelly Clarkson announces 23-city tour

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- First-season "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson has announced plans to kick off a 23-city tour in New York next month.

Matchbox Twenty will perform benefit

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children benefit in Las Vegas will feature performances by Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson and Carlos Santana, among others.

Kelly Clarkson's new album, cookies edgy

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (UPI) -- Recovering from a tough year, American pop singer Kelly Clarkson is taking a chance on a gutsy new album -- and has divulged she once ate a pot-laden treat.

Kelly Clarkson tour put on hold

LOS ANGELES, June 14 (UPI) -- LiveNation, which was promoting Kelly Clarkson's summer tour, has admitted it bit off more than it could chew and has now put the tour on hold.

Jordin Sparks new 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 23 (UPI) -- Jordin Sparks fought through tears Wednesday to sing "This Is My Now" as her first song after being declared the "American Idol" for 2007 in Los Angeles.

Clarkson says third album is 'different'

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- Kelly Clarkson says her new CD will be something different, but then she told The Los Angeles Times she tries to come out with a different record every time.

No 'Idol' shown the door

HOLLYWOOD, April 26 (UPI) -- Charity began at home for "American Idol" as none of the six finalists in Hollywood were eliminated during the special "Idol Gives Back" charity event.

Sanjaya's luck runs out on 'Idol'

HOLLYWOOD, April 19 (UPI) -- "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar, the sweetheart of votefortheworst.com and Howard Stern, has been voted out of the Hollywood singing competition.

Patty Griffin feels the love

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- As her sixth album comes out, Texas singer Patty Griffin finds herself the choice of a new generation of singers.
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Kelly Clarkson walks through the halls of the stadium after singing the National Anthem before the New York Yankees play the Cleveland Indians in the first regular season game at the new Yankee Stadium in New York City on April 16, 2009. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo)
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Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop rock singer-songwriter and actress. Clarkson rose to fame after winning the inaugural season of the television series American Idol in 2002 and would later become the runner-up in the television special World Idol in 2003.

Clarkson has released four albums to date under RCA Records: her multi-platinum debut album Thankful (2003) (which was nominated for a Grammy Award and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide), her multi-platinum second album Breakaway (2004) (which won two Grammy Awards and sold more than 12 million copies worldwide), her platinum third album My December (2007), and her latest platinum album All I Ever Wanted (2009) (which was nominated for a Grammy Award and sold more than 7 million copies worldwide). Her albums have sold over 10.6 million copies in the United States. Clarkson is the only American Idol contestant to have reached number one in the UK. She claimed number one on March 1, 2009, when "My Life Would Suck Without You" debuted number one on downloads alone. Clarkson is also ranked on the top 200 album sellers of the Nielsen SoundScan era at number 187. Eleven of Clarkson's singles became Top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She has two number one singles in the Billboard Hot 100 to date.Her single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", advanced from No. 97 to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in its first week of release, breaking the record for the largest leap to the top position in chart history.

Clarkson has toured extensively worldwide as a solo act. She has performed in other versions of American Idol such as Pop Idol, Swedish Idol, Canadian Idol, Australian Idol, as well as other singing competitions such as The X Factor and Superstar K. After Clarkson's appearance on the CMT Crossroads and her duet version of "Because of You" (2007) with Reba McEntire, they co-headlined the 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour (2008). As of 2009, her solo version of "Because of You" (2005) is the biggest single from an American Idol album, with sales of seven million singles worldwide. In December 2009, Billboard ranked "Because of You" as the seventh most successful pop song of the decade. Billboard named Clarkson the "most successful American Idol of all time", factoring in album sales, singles sales, and radio plays. Billboard ranked Clarkson the #14 artist of the 2000-10 decade. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Clarkson is the highest-selling Idol winner worldwide, with around 36 million singles and 25 million albums sold around the world.

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