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Ryan Tedder: Creating a Hit Single Is Like Making Chicken Parmesan for a Million People

Interscope RecordsWhen it comes to crafting hit singles, Ryan Tedder‘s got a pretty great track record, creating hits by Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, Adele, Leona Lewis and, of course, his own band, OneRepublic. What’s his secret? Ryan thinks that coming up with a single isn’t just like writing any old song: he compares it to throwing a dinner party…for a million people.

Ryan tells the BBC, “Singles are like making a meal for your 40 closest friends, if not a million more. You’ve invited a million of your closest friends to come dine at your table and have your chicken Parmesan.”

He adds, “Every detail has to be right. And wipe the plates — you’re preparing a meal for a million people!”

“Album tracks can be beautiful, too, but don’t confuse the categories,” Ryan continues. “Don’t get upset when your six-minute song doesn’t work as a first single.”

Ryan and OneRepublic are currently gearing up to release a brand-new, non-album single called “Love Runs Out.” Let’s hope it’s delicious.

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Booted "American Idol" Contestant Reveals Advice from a Past Champ that Came Too Late to Save Her

Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol continues Wednesday night on Fox as the remaining 12 contestants perform songs with the theme of “Home.” But the woman who actually went home last week — Wild Card contestant Kristen O’Connor — wonders what would have happened if last week, she hadn’t been talked out of doing the song she really wanted to do.

Kristen and contestants Malaya Watson and MK Nobilette ended up in the bottom three last week, but Kristen says she thinks both she and Malaya suffered because of their song choices. “We both took advice from [the] production [team] on our song choices, and she felt like she didn’t really connect with her song…and me too,” reveals Kristen. “Because the connection with the song is so important and when it’s not authentic, I think America can see that.”

Kristen explains that she initially didn’t consider singing the Kelly Clarkson tune “Beautiful Disaster” — it was actually suggested to her by the production team.

“I had three songs in mind that I had planned on singing; the one I ended up singing wasn’t one of those songs,” Kristen says, referring to “Beautiful Disaster.” …read more

"American Idol" Recap: The Top 13 Perform "This Is Me" Songs

FOXWednesday night on American Idol, the top 13 performed for the viewers and for judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. For the first time, fans were able to vote immediately after the performances.

The theme of the night was “This Is Me.” Contestants were asked to perform songs that best defined them.

Dexter Roberts kicked things off by playing “Aw Naw,” by country artist Chris Young, on his guitar. Keith and Jennifer both thought it was a fine cover, but wished Dexter had put his own spin on it. Harry suggested that Dexter show off more of his personality.

The bespectacled Malaya Watson took on Bruno Mars‘ “Runaway Baby.” J-Lo graded Malaya’s performance skills as an “A-plus,” though she added it wasn’t the teen’s best vocals. Harry invoked his favorite word, “intonation,” and sensed she was a little nervous.

Kristen O’Connor performed “Beautiful Disaster,” a track off former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson‘s debut album, Thankful. Harry called her a strong pop singer, but he questioned whether she properly conveyed the meaning of the lyrics, about a woman accepting a man despite his faults. Kristen replied that she intended for the …read more

Kelly Clarkson Edges Out "Duck Dynasty" Clan for 2013's Best-Selling Christmas Album

RCA RecordsLeave it to Kelly Clarkson: she decides to release her first-ever Christmas album, and it makes history.

According to Yahoo! Chart Watch, Kelly’s holiday collection, Wrapped in Red, is now officially the year’s best-selling Christmas collection, narrowly edging out Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, from the Duck Dynasty clan. As such, this marks the first time in the Soundscan era — that’s since 1991, when Nielsen Soundscan started tracking digital sales — that an American female artist has had the year’s top Christmas album.

Kelly’s album sold 763,000 copies, while the Robertsons’ …read more

Kelly Clarkson Makes History with "Wrapped in Red"

RCA RecordsLeave it to Kelly Clarkson: she decides to release her first-ever Christmas album, and it makes history.

According to Yahoo! Chart Watch, Kelly’s holiday collection, Wrapped in Red, is now officially the year’s best-selling Christmas collection, narrowly edging out Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, from the Duck Dynasty clan. As such, this marks the first time in the Soundscan era — that’s since 1991, when Nielsen Soundscan started tracking digital sales — that an American female artist has had the year’s top Christmas album.

Kelly’s album sold 763,000 copies, while the Robertsons’ disc …read more

Can Kelly Clarkson Beat "Duck Dynasty" Clan to a Christmas Chart Record?

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson‘s first holiday album, Wrapped in Red, has been a top seller all season, but if it ends up being THE top Christmas album of the year, she’ll have done something no other female singer has ever done before.

Yahoo! Chart Watch reports that Wrapped in Red is locked in a fierce sales battle with Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, which features Duck Dynasty‘s Robertson clan performing Christmas songs with a little help from George Strait and Luke Bryan. Right now, Kelly’s album has sold about 702,000 copies, while the Robertsons’ …read more

The Year in Country 2013 -- Marriages, Engagements, Babies & Breakups

Republic NashvilleWhen it came to country stars’ personal lives, 2013 was quite a busy year. Here’s a roundup of the celebrity marriages, engagements, breakups and babies in the country music world in 2013:

Marriages & Engagements
Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry, of “If I Die Young” fame, got engaged to Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia September 30.

Gloriana‘s Tom Gossin married his fiancĂ©e, Jamie, in an October ceremony in Nashville. They’ve been together more than a decade.

Kelly Clarkson canceled plans for a big wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock and instead quietly married him October 20, in a ceremony …read more

Kelly Clarkson Distracting Herself from Pregnancy Woes by Making New Music

Jeremy Cowart/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson has been very open about all the physical ailments she’s had as a result of her pregnancy, including non-stop nausea. But the singer has found a good way to distract herself: by making new music.

Kelly, who obviously doesn’t believe in taking Christmas week off, tweeted on Thursday, “Recorded a soulful song with @martinamcbride and I have to say, it’s pretty bad ass :) A nice distraction from being pregnant! Thanks girl!”

Country star Martina McBride is releasing an album of cover songs in March called Everlasting, and she’s already recorded a …read more

Kelly Clarkson Distracting Herself from Pregnancy Woes by Hitting the Studio with Martina McBride

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson has been very open about all the physical ailments she’s had as a result of her pregnancy, including non-stop nausea. But the singer has found a good way to distract herself: by making new music with her pal Martina McBride.

Kelly, who obviously doesn’t believe in taking Christmas week off, tweeted on Thursday, “Recorded a soulful song with @martinamcbride and I have to say, it’s pretty bad ass :) A nice distraction from being pregnant! Thanks girl!”

Martina is releasing an album of cover songs in March called Everlasting, and she’s …read more

The Year in Music 2013 -- Marriages, Engagements, Babies & Breakups

Courtesy ArchetypeStudioInc.com/Kelly Clarkson via TwitterWhen it came to musicians’ personal lives, 2013 was quite a busy year. Here’s a roundup of the celebrity marriages, engagements, breakups and babies in the music world over the past year:

MARRIAGES & ENGAGEMENTS
Adam Levine
got engaged to 24-year-old Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo in July, just months after they reportedly split up. A source told US Weekly magazine that Adam “couldn’t stop thinking about ” Behati after he broke it off with her, and realized he “really loved her.” The two have yet to set a wedding date.

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Kelly Clarkson Recalls the Christmas Gift that Kick-Started Her Songwriting

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson can afford to buy anything she wants this Christmas, but she knows what it’s like to wake up to find nothing under the tree.

“We didn’t really do presents a lot,” Kelly says of her childhood Christmases back in Texas. “They would say it was because of religion, but we were really just poor. It was always, like, ‘Well, it’s about Jesus.’ And I’m like, OK, really you just don’t have money, and that’s cool.”

Kelly didn’t go without, though. Her best friend’s mother would always buy her a few gifts, but one …read more