Kelly Clarkson

Songwriters Wrote An Open Letter Asking For More Fairness

By Alyson Camus | April 2, 2021

‘The most successful songwriters in the world can’t pay their rent’

L.A. BURNING, WEST COAST CONCERT PICKS, JANUARY 21ST TO 27TH

By Alyson Camus | January 20, 2019

Fidlar have 3 shows this week

L.A. BURNING, WEST COAST CONCERT PICKS, JANUARY 7TH TO 13TH

By Alyson Camus | January 6, 2019

Jen Awad starts her residency at The Echo

Be Here Now: New Albums Reviewed 10-27-17 – 11-2-17

By Iman Lababedi | October 30, 2017

a smooth implacable brilliance

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 10-20-17 – 10-26-17

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2017

shallow and exciting forms of Xmas come to life

The Early Bird: The Biggest Releases Of The Week reviewed 10-20-17 – 10-26-17

By Iman Lababedi | October 20, 2017

an update of Phil Spector, and with Christmas Bells ringing

US Top 10 Singles 3-19-16

By Iman Lababedi | March 7, 2016

It might not be the ickiest song ever written but it is sure not the least one either.

Kelly Clarkson Speaks Up About Her Experience With Dr. Luke

By Alyson Camus | March 7, 2016

‘Obviously he’s a talented dude but he’s lied a lot. Musically it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people and it makes the artist look bad.’

10 Songs: Thursday, September 24th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | September 24, 2015

Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson – This is a tsunami of a song, Max Martin AND Dr. Luke wrote and produced it together and it is as smart and as cynical and as essentially brilliant as hook ladled pop can get: They build in explosion after explosion and Clarkson, who is a real singer, is a powerhouse here. This is the litmus test for modern pop music – A+

US Top 10 Albums 3-21-15

By Iman Lababedi | March 12, 2015

Impressed by Kelly? Really? She moved 83K units, or if you prefer, she completely blew it and it is a miracle she got to the top, a miracle or good planning, depending on your take. For sure, it ain’t great. Plus, where, exactly, is Kid Rock? I think the heart of the charts is stuck in place: 50, Tay, Drake, Maroon 5, Sam and Meghan., and the other four in flux. A little different than last year when the chart was much more volatile.

Not With The Band: Which Band Of Today Will Be Relevant In 10 Or 20 Years?

By Alyson Camus | January 5, 2015

Today, there is certainly a lot of mediocrity, any American Idol, X Factor product is an example for me! But at the same time, there is a lot of excellent music, it is just harder to find it because of the enormous amount of bands formed every year and songs released each day!

Not With The Band: Why So Many Famous Scientists In Pop Songs?

By Alyson Camus | December 30, 2014

Albert Einstein is truly part of our pop culture and figures in many songs as expected: They Might Be Giants’ ‘The World’s Address’, Landscape‘s ‘Einstein A Go-Go’, Counting Crows’ ‘Einstein on the Beach’, Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Einstein was a Surfer’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Desolation Row’, and even Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Einstein’… so weird!

Kelly Clarkson Sings Sam Smith

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2014

Recorded at Symphony Park on October 18th, 2014, Kelly gets every ounce of the song and shares it right back with her audience, as if their voices are raised together in a hopefulness not actual written in at all. This isn’t actually Clarkson’s gift, she is another torch singer stomping the country side of love, but here with a song that doesn’t belong to her, Clarkson invites us all in.

Not With The Band: Why Are Pop Stars Afraid Of The Word Feminism?

By Alyson Camus | June 11, 2014

‘For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept. . . Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested. I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities.’

US Top 10 Albums w-o 1-4-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 28, 2013

I really love it when an artistic success is a popular success and looking at my list of fave albums, well, even Yeezus didn’t sell that much. Beyonce is a beacon of artistic integrity and musical kismet. A complete triumph to end 2013.

US Top 10 Albums 12-28-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 19, 2013

Beyonce is head and shoulders above the rest with a ridiculous 750K + units moved at fifteen bucks a pop and no overhead, no publicity, all digital. Brooks is quite impressive with his non-digital release. It might be more last hurrah than new paradigm but as hurrahs go, I’m impressed.

US Top 10 Albums 12-21-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 12, 2013

Here comes Christmas and the proof is Pentatonix viral hit version of “Little Drummer Boy”, a capella and none the worse for it with a pretty good human beatbox. Meanwhile, Britney has the lowest sales of her career. Miley is gone, Gaga is gone and Katy is next.

US Top 10 Albums 12-8-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 28, 2013

That Cities thing is from a Minneapolis radio station KTCZ, it is for charity and it takes the best live performances from the past year, guys like Passenger and fun., and it sells the albums at Target. They sold out their entire 40,000 production run in a week

US Top 10 Albums 11-16-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 7, 2013

Hell, even Kelly is sucker punching us with a seasonal album and it may be ok, at least a coupla songs perked my interest, it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet!