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Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood to Return for 'Idol' Finale!

Cool news – Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood will both be performing on the series finale of American Idol next month!

The ladies, who are without a doubt the two most successful winners of the longtime singing competition series, will give one last performance on the Idol stage on Thursday, April 7 on Fox.

Nearly every winner from the past 14 seasons are confirmed to return for the grand finale and tons of memorable finalists will appear as well.

The American Idol finale will kick off on Tuesday, April 5 with a 90-minute retrospective looking back on great memories from over the years. Then on Wednesday night, the final contestants will compete in a one-hour episode before the last episode ever on Thursday.

ARE YOU EXCITED for the series finale of American Idol?

Kelly Clarkson, Lea Michele & More Team Up For Michelle Obama's 'This Is For My Girls'

Michelle Obama and legendary songwriter Diane Warren teamed up to create the ultimate girl power anthem “This Is For My Girls” and got some pretty famous ladies to join up for the vocals.

Singers including Missy Elliott, Kelly Clarkson, Zendaya, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele, Janelle Monae, Jadagrace and Chloe & Halle all lent their voices to the inspiring song.

The track is inspired by Michelle‘s Let Girls Learn initiative and the 62 million girls around the world who do not have access to education. Proceeds from the song will go to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, thanks to the featured artists all waiving royalties and fees.

Listen to Missy Elliot‘s entire verse here…


Missy Elliot’s “This is For My Girls” Verse

Kelly Clarkson Clarifies Dr. Luke 'Blackmail' Comment, He Responds

Kelly Clarkson has taken to her Twitter account to clarify her comment about being blackmailed by her label into working with Dr. Luke.

“Want to clarify that my current regime at @RCARecords is not the same one who forced me to work w/ Dr. Luke. Peter Edge is rad & a good dude!” the 33-year-old singer tweeted.

Dr. Luke‘s team was contacted by Digital Spy to ask for a comment on Kelly‘s statement. His spokesperson responded by sending an excerpt from Sony Music exec Clive Davis‘ book.

In the book, Clive wrote about how Kelly did not have a good experience working on “Since U Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes” with Luke, though the songs turned out to be big hits.

Click inside to read the excerpt from Clive Davis’ book… More Here! »

Kelly Clarkson Debuts in Billboard Hot 100's Top 10, Rihanna Holds Number One Slot

Kelly Clarkson has rocketed into the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 with her new single “Piece By Piece” following her emotional performance on American Idol.

The song debuted at number eight on the chart and it reached number one on the Digital Songs chart, her third time topping that list. The track sold 210,000 copies this past week.

After the Idol performance went viral, Kelly re-recorded the song as a piano ballad and both versions of the track are being counted towards the chart ranking.

Rihanna stays at number one for the third week in a row with her hit song “Work” while Justin Bieber‘s “Love Yourself” holds at number two.

Another milestone on the chart this week is Fifth Harmony‘s debut at number 12 with “Work From Home,” tying the girl group’s previously peak on the chart.

Kelly Clarkson Says She Was Blackmailed Into Working with Dr. Luke

Kelly Clarkson is opening up about her experience working with producer Dr. Luke and she doesn’t really have good things to say about him.

“He’s not a good person to me. We’ve clashed, but I can’t really say anything other than that,” the 33-year-old singer said on Australia’s Kyle and Jackie O radio show.

Some of Kesha‘s fans have criticized Kelly for not sticking up for the singer during her legal battle with the producer.

“Her fans are like, ‘Oh, why don’t you stand up for her?’ I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened specifically in their situation. Obviously I wasn’t in the room. But I can remark on his character,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately when you have that poor of character, like so many artists don’t like you and don’t like working with you. You know, that’s not normal. I get along with everybody I work with. He’s just not a good guy for me.”

“Obviously he’s a talented dude, but he’s lied a lot. I’ve run into a couple of really bad situations, musically. It’s really hard for me because he’ll just lie to people, and it makes the artist look bad,” Kelly continued. “He’s kind of difficult to work with and kind of demeaning. It’s just kind of unfortunate.”

Some of the songs that Kelly has worked on with Luke include “Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” and most recently, “My Life Would Suck Without You” in 2009.

“The last time I worked with him, I only worked with him because literally I got blackmailed by my label,” Kelly said. “They were like, ‘We will not put your album out if you don’t do this.’ It was a really hard time for me. And I tried to make the best of the situation.”

Listen to Kelly talk about the situation starting at the 1:23:40 mark below!

Kelly Clarkson Releases 'Piece By Piece' Remix Album - Listen To 'Tightrope' Tour Version Here!

Kelly Clarkson has released a newly recorded tour version of her Piece By Piece song “Tightrope” and you can listen to it right here!

The new version of the song is featured on her Piece By Piece Remix album, which is available now and celebrates the anniversary of the Grammy nominated album.

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“The remixes of the songs on Piece By Piece have given a fresh spin on the tracks; they give the lyrics such a fun, new life,” Kelly told EW in a statement. “I’m so excited for fans to hear our live version of ‘Tightrope’ as well. It is one of the most personal on the album and, by far, my favorite to sing on tour!”


Kelly Clarkson ‘Tightrope’ (Tour Version) Audio

Kelly Clarkson Performs 'Piece by Piece' on 'Ellen' - Watch Now!

Kelly Clarkson performs her emotional song “Piece By Piece” on The Ellen Show, airing later today.

The 33-year-old pregnant entertainer performed the song last week on American Idol and had everyone in tears!

“The song is incredibly sad…It’s just incredibly…it’s sad, but hopeful.. cause a lot of us we didn’t have a bar to set as far as finding love and relationships. Or friendships in any form. So my sister and I had a conversation afterwards I ended up writing this song about how lucky we are because we both found incredible fathers and just lovers and men and just partners. I feel really lucky because I feel like a lot of girls with daddy issues don’t end up that way, we end up going the same,” Kelly told Ellen.

Watch her performance below…

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