Single Review: Kelly Clarkson, ‘Invincible’

kelly-clarksonKelly Clarkson has teamed up with Sia for the latest single off her upcoming album Piece by Piece. The track is titled ‘Invincible’ and it’s not as bubbly as ‘Heartbeat Song’ (click HERE for that review).

This track speaks to once being broken, but now being stronger than ever. The broken part of life was really nonexistent and now that it’s realized there’s nothing you can’t face. The concept of the track is one that is produced over and over, but its the artists execution that will make the track stand out. I enjoyed Kelly’s vocals on this one, but it was the music that I had an issue with.

The music was really loud compared to the vocals of Kelly. She wasn’t completely drowned out, but during the hook she nearly was. Lyrically I wanted more being that it was written by Sia. It was  bit too repetitive for me, but then again that’s how tracks get embedded into the brain and become catchy. This track is interesting as it would fit perfectly on Sia’s upcoming album, This Is Acting, but could also fit as a release from Sia herself. Sia also wrote another song for Kelly’s album titled, ‘Let The Tears Fall,’ which I can’t wait to hear.

The track is nice, but again the music was a bit too loud for me in certain spots. It’s like boom and then it quiets down again. Piece by Piece is available for purchase in stores/online tomorrow, March 3rd.

Listen to the track below:

Single Review: Kelly Clarkson, ‘Heartbeat Song’

heartbeat_song_singleKelly Clarkson surely caught my ear with her new single ‘Heartbeat Song.’ It’s been nearly 13 years since her claim to fame on American Idol and she’s steadily stayed in the spotlight on the charts during that time. She’s racked up 3 Grammy’s, 12 Billboard Awards, 4 American Music Awards, and has sold over 20 million albums.

I first heard the snippet online from a video she posted of the track with her adorable daughter River kicking her feat to it in the studio. When I first listened I must admit that I was not all that impressed, but then again I didn’t listen to the song all the way through.

I like the wordplay in this one as its not the generic approach of an upbeat love song. She sings about forgetting love and that those feelings were still there. She uses the metaphor of a song and how it’s been off for song long yet someone comes along and turns the music back up. With her marriage and her beautiful baby all in the past 2 years or so, no wonder she’s singing about love. I’m all for it.

Vocally it’s the typical Kelly. She has a noted raspy pitch in her voice, but it works. I know that the studio can do wonders to a voice, but I still think this is a song she could comfortably perform live. The music doesn’t overpower her voice and it adjusts well to the changes in tempo from verse to hook.

Speaking of tempo, musically, this track is signature Kelly to me. She likes that Pop/Rock vibe and the way that the song glides between two different beats is pretty nice. I didn’t think I would like it, but the music is catchy and I could just listen to that alone.

Kelly hasn’t released an album since 2011, Stronger, not counting her Christmas album and greatest hits compilation. In my opinion this is how you make a comeback. It’s a nice upbeat song that is radio friendly. I’m interested in hearing what else she has to offer.

During her interview with Elvis Duran and The Morning Show to promote the single she announced her new album will be titled Piece by PieceIt set to be released the first week in March and she plans to hit the road this summer. I’m ready for new Kelly Clarkson music.

Listen to the track below:

J. Hud Artwork + Release Date

jhudJennifer Hudson revealed last month (early July) that her third studio album would be tiled J. Hud. Her previous works include Jennifer Hudson and I Remember Me. The album will be released September 23rd. The track list thus far includes:

  • ‘I Can’t Describe’
  • ‘Walk It Out’
  • ‘It’s Your World’ (feat. R. Kelly)
  • ‘Dangerous’
  • ‘He Ain’t Going Nowhere’

Take a listen to the album sample below (via IAmJHud Soudcloud):

 

 

Then & Now Thursday (V.8) — American Idol

upfronts2013_american_idolThe American Idol phenomenon began back in _ as a solo talent show that would invite all to audition ages 16-24 for a shot at a record deal with Clive Davis. This was not like anything to have been done in the United States. The closest thing to it was Star Search, but anyone could audition for that show regardless of age and they did not have to be a solo act. The judges for American Idol would be music producer/manager, Randy Jackson, singer/choreographer, Paula Abdul and music executive/manager, Simon Cowell.

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The signature of the show has been the outlandish audition phase. That was the gimmick and great marketing from the beginning to get people watching. There are many phases people have to go though just to get to the judges, but of course for TV purposes even the non-singers got through.

Throughout the course of the show viewers were taken on a journey from the audition phase to Hollywood to the main stage where they would be narrowed down, via fan voting, from the final 16.

There have been a lot of alterations in the show since it’s beginnings such as change in format by adding a Vegas round, change in age (18-28 since season 4), and most noticeably the change in judges. Paul Abdul left at the conclusion of season 7 and was replaced by Kara DioGuardi until her departure after season 9. DioGuardi was then replaced by Ellen DeGeneres and then another main drop in the original judge panel with Simon Cowell’s departure.

The downfall of American Idol happened right around the time Paula Abdul left. There was nothing new about the show, people really didn’t watch past the auditions, and it looked like Simon, especially, was bored. He left and went on to launch the U.S. Version of the UK show, X Factor.

The initial concept and production if the show was great, but now it seems boring. I do not think that people outside of the music business should have ever been judges. I know it’s a different perspective, but how can you really judge if you’re not in music. I feel Ellen DeGeneres only lasted a season based on that.

AMERICAN IDOL EXPERIENCE ATTRACTION OPENS AT DISNEY WORLDAs for the contestants there has been MAJOR success from Idol. It has catapulted the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jennifer Hudson, and Chris Daughtry. Although Hudson and Daughtry were not winners their success has surpassed the success of their competition in various seasons.

Record sales wise, the album sales have slot descended since Taylor Hicks of season 6. I guess it all depends on the genre you’re going into.