Life after ‘American Idol’: Kelly Clarkson, Colton Dixon, Daughtry, Ryan Seacrest, Adam Lambert

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - NOVEMBER 10: Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson performs Nov. 10, 2016 while taping for one of three ABC and Disney Channel holiday TV specials, "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration," "Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration," and "The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration" in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Thanksgiving and Christmas telecasts air nationwide on November 24, and December 25 on ABC-TV, and the Descendants holiday telecast airs November 25 on Disney Channel. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – NOVEMBER 10: Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson performs Nov. 10, 2016 while taping for one of three ABC and Disney Channel holiday TV specials, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration,” and “The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Thanksgiving and Christmas telecasts air nationwide on November 24, and December 25 on ABC-TV, and the Descendants holiday telecast airs November 25 on Disney Channel. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

This was posted Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Kelly Clarkson, freed from her original RCA deal going back to her “Idol” days, is super excited about her new album with Atlantic Records.

According to Billboard.com,  she said it’s “literally the record I’ve been wanting to make since I was a kid.” She says the album will feature a blend of soul, R&B and pop, a “fresh take on ’90s R&B urban pop” and is “by far my favorite album I’ve ever been a part of, definitely.”

She is psyched that her 13th Grammy nomination was her “Idol” live version of “Piece by Piece,” really the only viral moment that happened on “Idol” in its last season when she cracked near the end with emotion.

“This particular version wraps up all of that nostalgia in one song,” she said. “I feel very blessed.”

You can listen to Kelly talk about the Grammys and her album here.

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DALLAS, TX - JUNE 11: In this handout image provided by SPG, Four-Time Platinum Singer, Song Writer and Musician Chris Daughtry of DAUGHTRY attends a VIP after party as part of the On Tour With SPG: "Hear The Music, See The World"at Aloft Dallas Downtown on June 11, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by SPG via Getty Images)

DALLAS, TX – JUNE 11: In this handout image provided by SPG, Four-Time Platinum Singer, Song Writer and Musician Chris Daughtry of DAUGHTRY attends a VIP after party as part of the On Tour With SPG: “Hear The Music, See The World”at Aloft Dallas Downtown on June 11, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by SPG via Getty Images)

And you Nickelback haters, don’t laugh: Daughtry is touring with the band this summer.  He is coming to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre August 2. Tickets are on sale soon.

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Tuesday, July 4, 17 Virginia Beach, VA
Friday, July 7, 17 Bangor, ME
Saturday, July 8, 17 Mansfield, MA
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Wednesday, August 30, 17 Portland, OR
Sunday, September 3, 17 Mountain View, CA
Wednesday, September 6, 17 Wheatland, CA
Friday, September 8, 17 Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, September 9, 17 Phoenix, AZ
Tuesday, September 12, 17 Denver, CO
Thursday, September 14, 17 Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, September 16, 17 Salt Lake City, UT

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Keith Urban released a duet with Carrie Underwood “The Fighter.”

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FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE - APRIL 12: Recording Artist Colton Dixon and Annie Dixon arrive at the "This Is Winter Jam " Nashville Red Carpet Premiere on April 12, 2016 in Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)

FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE – APRIL 12: Recording Artist Colton Dixon and Annie Dixon arrive at the “This Is Winter Jam ” Nashville Red Carpet Premiere on April 12, 2016 in Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Winter Jam Tour Spectacular)

Colton Dixon, who finished seventh season 11, is doing well in the Christian pop-rock world, much like Danny Gokey.

He just released a single “All That Matters” in advance of his third album. According to Billboard.com, this is “a first glimpse at a new musical direction for the performer who, according to reps, has embraced the fusion of pop elements with his traditional alternative-rock sound. Think pop, dance and good times.”

Dixon, who got married last year, said his new album arrives March 24. His first two albums cracked the top 40 on the Billboard 200. He’s had a few hits on the Christian charts including “You Are” and “More of Me.”

He is touring with Winter Jam and performed at the Georgia Dome this past weekend.

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Chart update from Mediabase 24/7:

Lauren Alaina: “Road Less Traveled” No. 13 country airplay

Trent Harmon: “There’s a Girl” No. 23 country airplay

Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban: “The Fighter” No. 60 country airplay

Kelly Clarkson “It’s Quiet Upstairs” No. 31 Hot AC airplay

Fantasia “When I Met You” No. 28 Urban AC airplay

Danny Gokey “Rise” No. 3 Christian AC airplay

Colton Dixon “All That Matters” No. 34 Christian AC airplay

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Ryan Seacrest admitted he had no idea who Aaron Rodgers was when he met the Green Bay Packers quarterback out of uniform at Ellen DeGeneres’ birthday party.

This sports site claimed it was “embarrassing” but given that Seacrest is not a sports expert, I wouldn’t say that’s a fair statement. I certainly would not recognize Rodgers in person either.  I’d call it more awkward, than anything else.

He does date Olivia Munn. I’m sure Seacrest knows her:

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Football player Aaron Rodgers and actress Olivia Munn attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Football player Aaron Rodgers and actress Olivia Munn attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Adam Lambert last week challenged James Corden to a Queen sing off. Corden adored Queen growing up.

Obviously, it was a goof but a fun goof. And Queen songs are amazing. Period. They are touring this spring but much to my disappointment, there is no Atlanta date.

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Clay Aiken on social media has been relatively kind to Donald Trump. In fact, his latest Twitter missive is more tongue in check and shows he likes a certain NBC show:

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