First she was America’s favourite Idol then she was America’s favourite rebel, while simultaneously being Clive Davis’s least favourite person. But whatever Kelly Clarkson is to you, for the month of August she is the Artist of the Month (AOM) for Music Choice (MC).
After being signed to RCA upon winning the first series of American Idol, Kelly, the small town girl from Burleson, Texas, achieved superstar status when her first album Thankful went double platinum in the US. After a few stumbles — anyone remember that terrible film From Justin to Kelly co-starring Idol runner up Justin Guarini (blech)? — her career was on track with a second studio album in 2004 Breakaway this time going 5x platinum and cementing Clarkson in the American consciousness.
During her extensive European tour to support her newly acquired fan base, Clarkson began writing for her third studio album My December. The controversies started even before the official release of My December, with less-than-inspiring ticket sales leading to Clarkson dumping her management and signing with Starstruck Entertainment who canceled the planned arena tour opting instead for smaller, more intimate venues.
Then Clive Davis, head of Sony/BMG made it an open secret that he was deeply unhappy with Clarkson’s new album and demanded that she make significant changes to it before release. When Clarkson refused she reportedly said that Sony/BMG weren’t obliged to release the album. Clarkson recently apologised to Davis, saying that the feud had been “blown way out of proportion” by the press.
Now after the furor surrounding her third album My December, Clarkson talks candidly to MC. In several interviews she discusses her new musical direction, as well touching on celebrity status, love and work, and $1 beer. As always with MC’s AOM, Kelly will be answering her fans' questions in a candid and unedited Q&A as well as taking viewers on a unique journey through her video library. Blogcritics is pleased to bring you an exclusive one minute clip of what you can expect see as part of Kelly Clarkson’s Artist of the Month profile.