Kelly Clarkson

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Legal name: Kelly Brianne Clarkson


Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, author, and occasional actress. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of American Idol, and has since been referred to as the "Original American Idol" and the "Queen of Covers". Her debut single, "Before Your Love"/"A Moment Like This", topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the best-selling single of 2002 in the United States. She became the runner-up of World Idol the following year. Clarkson's debut studio album, Thankful (2003), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) while selling over 4.5 million copies worldwide. Its lead single, "Miss Independent", reached the top ten in various nations.

Trying to reinvent her own image, Clarkson decided to part ways with American Idol management and developed a rock-oriented sound for her second album, Breakaway (2004). It sold over 15 million copies worldwide and earned Clarkson two Grammy Awards. Taking creative control of her third album, My December (2007), she served as the executive producer and co-wrote the entire album's material. However, she fought with her label, in particular Clive Davis, who was dissatisfied with her musical direction. The feud resulted the reluctance of her label to promote the album. Clarkson's fourth album, All I Ever Wanted (2009), became her second album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Its lead single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", holds the record for the biggest jump to number one on the Hot 100.

Clarkson's fifth studio album, Stronger (2011), won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, making her the only act to receive the award twice. The album scored her third number-one song on the Hot 100, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)". Clarkson's sixth album and first Christmas music release, Wrapped in Red (2013), became the best-selling holiday album of the year, making her the first American female artist to achieve this goal. In 2015, Clarkson released her seventh studio album, Piece by Piece, which was her third album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Its title track became her eleventh top-ten entry on the Hot 100.

Apart from her work in music, Clarkson has also ventured into television and film, beginning with her leading role in the romantic musical From Justin to Kelly (2003). She is known for her vocal versatility and range. Her music has mainly dealt with themes of heartbreak, independence, and self-empowerment for women and young teens. Her musical work has also gained her numerous accolades, including three Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, and two Academy of Country Music Awards. In a career spanning over a decade, Clarkson has accumulated 100 Billboard number-one hits and sold over 25 million albums worldwide. In 2012, she was ranked nineteenth on VH1's list of "100 Greatest Women in Music." Billboard also ranked Clarkson as the 14th-best-selling artist of the 2000s.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Thankful Kelly Clarkson 4
2004 Breakaway Kelly Clarkson 4 9
2007 My December Kelly Clarkson 3.35 5
2009 All I Ever Wanted Kelly Clarkson 3.35 6
2011 Stronger Kelly Clarkson 4 5
2013 Wrapped in Red Kelly Clarkson 5 7
2015 Piece by Piece Kelly Clarkson 10

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Greatest Hits, Chapter One Kelly Clarkson 5

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 iTunes Session Kelly Clarkson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 American Idol Kelly Clarkson 1
2003 Miss Independent Kelly Clarkson 1
2003 Low / The Trouble With Love Is Kelly Clarkson 1
2003 Low Kelly Clarkson 1
2003 Miss Independent Kelly Clarkson 1
2003 The Trouble With Love Is Kelly Clarkson 1
2004 Breakaway Kelly Clarkson 2
2004 Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson 7
2005 Behind These Hazel Eyes Kelly Clarkson 3
2005 Because of You Kelly Clarkson 3
2006 Walk Away Kelly Clarkson 4
2007 Never Again Kelly Clarkson 3
2007 Don't Waste Your Time Kelly Clarkson 1
2009 My Life Would Suck Without You Kelly Clarkson 3
2009 I Do Not Hook Up Kelly Clarkson 1
2011 Mr. Know It All Kelly Clarkson 2
2011 I'll Be Home for Christmas Kelly Clarkson 1
2012 Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) Kelly Clarkson 1
2012 Mr. Know It All (Country Version) Kelly Clarkson 1
2012 Catch My Breath Kelly Clarkson 2
2012 Don't Rush Kelly Clarkson 1
2013 People Like Us Kelly Clarkson 1
2013 Tie It Up Kelly Clarkson 1
2013 Underneath the Tree Kelly Clarkson 1
2014 Wrapped in Red Kelly Clarkson 1
2015 Heartbeat Song Kelly Clarkson 2
2015 Second Hand Heart Ben Haenow feat. Kelly Clarkson 1
2015 Piece by Piece (radio mix) Kelly Clarkson 1
2016 Piece by Piece (Idol Version) Kelly Clarkson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Smoakstack Sessions Kelly Clarkson 1
2012 The Smoakstack Sessions Vol. 2 Kelly Clarkson 1

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