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By Bryant Gilmore
Everyone knows by now that when you hit up a Kelly Clarkson show, it’s become a tradition for fans to tweet their requests for cover songs that they want the Grammy winner to perform at the show that night.
Recently, she gave us an amazing rendition of Katy Perry’s current chart-topper “Wide Awake” and now, she’s tackled No Doubt with an acoustic version of “Don’t Speak” – and for a few moments after she was finished, we couldn’t. Before she began, Clarkson took time to thank the lucky tweeter because “Don’t Speak” is “one of her favorite No Doubt songs.” She then effortlessly tackled the song with such raw emotion that we almost got confused as to whose song she was singing. Almost.
Check it out:
Clarkson is having quite a year. When she’s not killing it in concert, she’s slaying her fellow “American Idol” alums on the charts. Her song “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” was recently named the best-selling single by an “Idol” alum and spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year.
But there’s even more great news for Kelly. Last week, she received a 2012 MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Video With a Message for the video to “Dark Side,” which is currently working its way up the charts. Make sure you tune in to see if Kelly walks away with her fourth Moonman when the VMAs air live on September 6 at 8 p.m.
Check out the “Dark Side” video below.
Adam Lambert‘s latest album Trespassing debuted at #1 back in May, and now, nearly three months later, the former “American Idol” contestant is reassuring his dedicated fans that he does plan to hit the road in support of the set … but not until “the time is right.”
The glam-pop star hit Twitter last night (August 2) to tell the nation of Glamberts that a Trespassing tour will indeed happen but that they might have to wait a while longer. “Have no fear, a Trespassing Tour WILL come. When the time is right,” Lambert tweeted. “Trust me Glamberts! I won’t let you down.”
Lambert’s second album Trespassing topped the charts with 77,000 copies sold in its opening frame. The singer’s 2009 debut, For Your Entertainment, entered the chart at #3 and has gone on to sell more than 1 million copies.
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Are you excited for a “Trespassing” tour? Disappointed that you might have to wait a while, Glamberts? Sound of in the comments below!
By Bryant Gilmore
The first single, “Settle Down,” from their highly anticipated sixth album, Push and Shove, will be released on July 16 with the album dropping just two short months later, on September 25. To refresh your memory, it’s been almost 11 years since the band released their last studio album, Rock Steady, and in the time since, they’ve released a greatest hits album, lead singer Gwen Stefani was sweetly inescapable as she embarked on a massively successful solo career and bassist Tony Kanal produced hits for artists including Pink, Shontelle and even Gwen. Guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young settled down and had a couple of children, as did Gwen and Tony, but apparently there are only so many times a rocker can watch “The Wiggles” with the kids before the urge to hit the stage takes over.
Now that No Doubt, who first rose to prominence in the ’90s, is on the comeback trail, we at MTV News sat down and pondered what other artists and bands from that era we would like to grace us with sweet music once again.
Ace of Base
The Swedish powerhouse foursome ruled the early ’90s with hits like “The Sign,” “Don’t Turn Around” and “All That She Wants” from their smash debut. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry both claim to have been influenced by Ace of Base. They’ve released four albums since, but after the indefinite departures of sisters Malin and Jenny Berggren, it looks like a reunion may be hard to come by. Sadly, we will just have to settle for humming “Don’t Turn Around” when we hear it in the elevator.
The Southern California trio broke through with “Inside Out” from their self-titled platinum debut, and “Here’s to the Night” became a staple at proms and high school graduations. They played their last show with the original line-up in 2004 before bassist Jon Siebels left the band to concentrate on other side projects. Lead singer Max Collins and drummer Tony Fagenson took their hiatus to work with Puddle of Mudd and even became an experimental music duo known as Sugi Tap. But they may be next in line in line after No Doubt for a comeback as the original line-up has reunited and are due to release their first album in 8 years, Speak in Code, later this year.
Third Eye Blind
Who didn’t know a TEB song? There was the ever-catchy “Semi-Charged Life” and “Never Let You Go,” the ode to suicide prevention “Jumper” and the more somber yet still made you scream out loud “How’s It Going to Be?” Despite some messy legal business that led two members of the original line-up to split, the guys seem to be primed to rule the airwaves once again as they have reportedly began work on a new album in London.
Oh, dancing Bee Girl, you and your awkward tap-dancing will always have a place in our hearts. “No Rain” helped propel the band’s first album into multi-platinum status and showed us that whistling in song was cool way before Foster the People brought their pumped up kicks around.
“Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,” “Two Princes,” “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues,” need we to say anymore? After releasing the album Here Comes the Bride, lead singer Chris Barron almost lost his signing voice for good due to a case of acute vocal cord paralysis. Thankfully, he recovered and the band played a comeback show in 2001 at The Wetlands, a noted NYC venue that has since closed. They have stayed largely off the radar, touring here and there, but in 2011, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their mega-successful album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite, they released a special edition with bonus material and followed that with a tour through the U.S. and U.K.
“Runaway Train” was a top 5, Grammy-winning hit and its video shined a light on abused, missing and neglected children to such a powerful extent that the band was invited to play the inaugaration of President Bill Clinton in 1993 at the height of their success. Sadly, in 2006, the band lost founding member and bass guitarist Karl Mueller to throat cancer. Their latest album, Delayed Reaction, is scheduled for release on July 17.
To this day, “Sex and Candy” still inspires an impromptu sing-along. It reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, spent 15 weeks at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and pushed the band’s self-titled 1997 album to platinum status. The band is releasing a compilation album this year, titled Lunch, Recess, and Detention, and will embark on The Summerland 2012 Tour with other fellow ’90s rock bands Gin Blossoms, Lit, Sugar Ray and Everclear.
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