Kelly Clarkson is back. Again. After disappearing from the pop-music scene following her massive hit album Breakaway, then returning with the Clive Davis-hated project My December, then returning again with "My Life Would Suck Without You," Kelly Clarkson makes another comeback with her new single, "Mr. Know It All." Thank the pop gods for Kelly's love-gone-wrong relationships, without which she'd never release another pop song.
Is it good? Yes. Is it Kelly Clarkson-esque? Yes. It's a man-hating mid-tempo track that will have soccer moms and their daughters singing along at the top of their lungs. It sits well with the current Top 40, but it doesn't have the same dance-through-the-pain feel of other songs on the radio right now.
The song is more Bruno Mars than David Guetta -- and that's why it's such a breath of fresh air in pop. It's original enough to sound unique, but it still sounds similar to "Just the Way You Are." For the first time in a KC album campaign, though, it doesn't have that power pop-rawk blast that made "Since U Been Gone" the finest song to appear on a Kidz Bop album, and "Mr. Know It All" doesn't allow Kelly to show off her vocal chops that made her so successful in the first place.
Nevertheless, we like her more as a pop singer than a country one. Expect sales of this track to surge, and don't be surprised if you see it appear in the lower echelons of the Billboard Hot 100 come this Friday. Although it hasn't really impacted radio yet, sales from her fans alone will be enough to propel it forward (in the same way that a Britney song notches a top-ten position without much promo). Clarkson's fifth album, Stronger, drops on October 25.
Movers and shakers: Katy Perry falls from the top spot this week. It looks like her Friday night has finally come to an end, dropping 1-5 and losing out to this week's number one, "Moves Like Jagger." Likewise, "Super Bass," by Nicki Minaj, falls 5-6. New to the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 this week is Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts," with none other than Adam Levine. The man is inescapable right now, but he still ain't got nothing on Mick.
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"Pumped Up Kicks" goes 7-3, and "Yoü and I," by Lady Gaga, continues its ascent to number one as it jumps 35-16 thanks to her, umm, interesting performance on the MTV VMAs last Sunday. Oddly, Beyoncé's performance on the show didn't benefit sales of "Love on Top," whereas LMFAO didn't perform at the VMAs -- nor did they present -- but "Party Rock" holds strong at number two.
Over on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the Game's newest, The R.E.D. Album, dethrones Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne, despite a poor showing by his single "Martians Vs Goblins," number 100 on the singles chart this week. Still on albums, Muppets: The Green Album notches a number-eight debut after a big push from OK Go.
Set Fire to the Reign: Adele still commands the charts this week, as 21 falls just one spot on the Billboard 200, 2-3. On the singles chart, "Rolling in the Deep" falls one spot as well, to number 14, but "Set Fire to the Rain" re-enters the chart at 92, and "Someone Like You" continues moving upward, 34-19, thanks to a stripped-down performance on the VMAs.