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Kellyoke Takes on Toni Braxton

On Monday, January 11th’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Kelly took it back to the ’90s  with a “Kellyoke” cover of Toni Braxton’s classic single “Another Sad Love Song.”

“It’s just another sad love song/ Rackin’ my brain like crazy/ Guess I’m all torn up/ Be it fast or slow/ It doesn’t let go/ Or shake me/ And it’s all because of/ Here comes the strings/ Then somebody sings/ It’s just another lonely love song,” she wailed on the chorus before going for the key change on the final note of the track’s forlorn bridge.

With her initials spelled out in purple lights on the floor, the talk show host slightly updated the new jack swing of the song’s original arrangement with some help from her house band, Y’All.

The track was written and produced by Daryl Simmons and Babyface, featuring additional production from L.A. Reid, it was released as the lead single from Braxton’s self-titled debut album on June 29, 1993. The song fused R&B, pop, and new jack swing music with flourishes of downtempo and hip hop music. Lyrically, “Another Sad Love Song” talks about Braxton complaining that every song played on the radio is a reminder of her ex-boyfriend.

Listen to the performance here.


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Learn the Lyrics to Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac

“Rhiannon” is a song written by Stevie Nicks and originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac on their eponymous album in 1975; it was subsequently issued as a single the following year.

“Rhiannon” was voted #488 in The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. Its US chart peak was in June 1976, when it hit #11. It peaked at #46 in the UK singles chart for three weeks after re-release in February 1978.

“All your life you’ve never seen
Woman taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven?
Will you ever win?”

The song is referred to as simply “Rhiannon” on Fleetwood Mac albums, except on the 2003 and 2016 remasters of Fleetwood Mac and the 2018 compilation Don’t Stop – 50 Years, on which the title “Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)” is used. The single version also used this title when it was originally released to the European and American markets.

“Dreams unwind
Love’s a state of mind”

Live performances of the song were sometimes prefaced with Nicks saying, “This song’s about an old Welsh witch.” During 1975–1980, Fleetwood Mac’s live performances of “Rhiannon” took on a theatrical intensity not present on the FM-radio single. The song built to a climax in which Nicks’ vocals were so impassioned that, as drummer and band co-founder Mick Fleetwood recalled, “her Rhiannon in those days was like an exorcism.”

Listen to the track here.


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Kelly Clarkson’s latest Kellyoke segment Featured Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Rainbow’

On Friday, January 8th, Kelly Clarkson finished off the first week of The Kelly Clarkson Show with a tender cover of Kacey Musgraves’ hit single “Rainbow.” Released as the fifth and final single from her 2018 studio album Golden Hour, Musgraves performed the track live at the 2019 Grammy Awards, where she also took home the trophies for album of the year, best country album, best country song and best country solo performance.

“Well the sky has finally opened/ The rain and wind stopped blowin’/ But you’re stuck out in the same old storm again/ You hold tight to your umbrella/ Darlin’, I’m just tryin’ to tell ya/ That there’s always been a rainbow hangin’ over your head,” she belted out on the chorus, before transitioning into the track’s bridge. Wearing a sheer black and floral-print dress and studded belt, a seated Clarkson was joined by only her pianist for an acoustic take on the hopeful country ballad.

Other Kellyoke covers by the original American Idol winner throughout the week ranged from recent hits like Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and Selena Gomez’s “Rare” to classics like Madonna’s 1983 hit “Borderline,” and Chicago’s 1982 single “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.”

Watch Clarkson’s interpretation of “Rainbow” here.


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The Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Kicks off Early with The Weeknd

The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is one of the most talked about moments in music and entertainment in the United States. With more than 100 million viewers tuning in for the spectacle and millions of fans abuzz on social in recent years, a performance this powerful cannot be contained to just one night. With boundary-bending artist and international phenom The Weeknd set to take the stage next month, Pepsi is going all-in on the Super Bowl LV Halftime Show starting now.

Pepsi is elevating the moment with its first Super Bowl Halftime Show TV spot featuring the year’s headlining artist. The spot debuted during the NFL Super Wild Card games this past weekend and will continue to air throughout the NFL Playoffs and on PepsiHalftime.com – a digital fan portal providing custom AR filters, an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and more.

“Over the past decade, the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show has become one of the most anticipated, viewed, and talked about moments in music and entertainment. So, this year, instead of buying a traditional 30-second in-game Super Bowl ad, we decided to double down on the 12 minutes Pepsi already has in the middle of the game – the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show,” said Todd Kaplan, VP of Marketing – Pepsi. “Coming off of a year that was mostly void of live music, we are reimagining the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show to ensure fans can experience The Weeknd’s performance in new ways that have never been done before, with tons of exclusive access and content leading up to the show.”


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Learn the Lyrics to Bad Habits by Usher

“Bad Habits” is a song by American singer Usher. It was released as a single on September 10, 2020. The song was written by Usher, Pierre Medor, Theron Thomas, and Keith Thomas. It was produced by Lxrd Rossi and Medor. A music video for the song, directed by Chris Robinson, was released simultaneously with the single.

I love, love, I’m just bad at it
I just can’t escape all of these bad habits
I had way too many one nights, yeah
I keep messin’ up my love life, yeah
I love, love, I’m just bad at it
I just can’t escape all of these bad habits
I had way too many one nights, yeah
I keep messin’ up my love life, yeah

“Bad Habits” is Usher’s fourth song release of 2020, following the singles “I Cry”, “SexBeat”, and “Don’t Waste My Time” featuring Ella Mai, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.

Listen to the song here.


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