When Claude Kelly started playing the piano at the age of 2, little did he know that he would grow up to be one of today's go-to pop songwriters. After finishing up a degree at the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts, he returned to New York to become a bona fide artist, instead landing gigs writing for other people like writing 'Daddy's Little Girl' for Frank J's 'Priceless' in 2006. Not long after, Akon enlisted Kelly to write songs for him and his career took off. The New York-based songwriter was soon the mastermind behind chart toppers including Kelly Clarkson's 'My Life Would Suck Without You,' Jason Derulo's 'In My Head' and Adam Lambert's 'For Your Entertainment.' Kelly also co-wrote one of 2009's summer hits, 'Party in the U.S.A.' with UK pop and R&B breakout Jessie J.
His most recent work includes writing 'Gasoline,' which will be on Britney Spears' latest record, 'Femme Fatale,' out today as well as Jessie J's 'Price Tag,' featuring B.o.B. AOL Music recently had the chance to talk to Kelly about his work with Spears, Akon and R Kelly, what makes the perfect song and what would have happened if he knew Michael Jackson was going to sing on 'Hold My Hand.'
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'X Factor' auditions already started over the weekend
. But with former Def Jam Music exec L.A. Reid and the show's creator Simon Cowell
as the show's only confirmed judges, there are still a few more spots to fill. And Jessica Simpson
is up for the job upcoming American version of the UK singing competition.
"They have definitely talked to me about 'X Factor'," the 30-year-old singer told WWD via Hollyscoop.com
. "I think it would be a lot of fun."
Simpson also thinks that she's perfect for the role. "It's definitely my life," she said. " To be a mentor for up-and-coming artists is right up my alley. I would have loved to have a mentor. I love watching people's dreams come true."
Simpson is among one of the many artists who Cowell and show producers have approached to join the panel. Katy Perry
, Nicki Minaj
and Mariah Carey
were also rumored to have been candidates
for the judging gig. Reid resigned from his post as chairman and CEO of Def Jam Music earlier this month to join Cowell on the panel
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While Lady Gaga sold bracelets
and Simple Plan designed a t-shirt
has decided to dig into their closets and auction off pieces from their own wardrobes
"We are auctioning old clothes and such in our very own online yard sale!" frontwoman Hayley Williams announced on Twitter
today. "Proceeds go to #REDCORSSJAPAN..."
Fans of the pop-punk band will be able to bid 29 items ranging from their favorite t-shirts to a sparkly acoustic guitar by Daisy Rock until April 2. Hosted on eBay
, Williams has included the floral Levi's Williams wore on the band's first photoshoot with Nylon and a sailor top that she wore "at our first SummerSonic show in Japan. One of my favorite stage outfits ever!" she wrote on the auction page.
"Elizabeth Taylor was an impactful person in this industry and on society as a whole. I specifically admire her charitable efforts including bringing early awareness to HIV/AIDS. Most memorable is her steadfast loyalty and unwavering friendship to my late brother Michael Jackson. Liz provided a sense of relief and comfort to my brother at various difficult times in his life, and I appreciate that, may she rest in peace."
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- Tito Jackson
After finding out about Elizabeth Taylor
's death, Singer Tito Jackson
expressed his gratitude for her friendship with his late brother, Michael Jackson
. He also noted his admiration for her mission to push HIV/AIDS awareness.
"I say Rebecca Black is a genius and anyone that's telling her she's cheesy is full of s---."
-- Lady Gaga
gives props to YouTube sensation
Rebecca Black about the 13-year-old singer's rise to fame during an interview with Google
. Along with Lady Gaga, Simon Cowell shares the same sentiments
. So even though she may have a good amount of the public against Black, at least she's got a huge popstar and music exec in her corner.
The New Directions
may have beaten the Warblers at regionals, but the Dalton Academy a capella group will soon be competing with the McKinley High kids with their own album, Columbia Records
'Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers,' out on April 19, will feature 11 of the Warblers' popular covers including Destiny Child
's 'Bills, Bills, Bills,' Train
's 'Hey Soul Sister' and Katy Perry
's 'Teenage Dream,' which claimed the highest first-week sales for 'Glee
.' Chris Colfer's, who plays Kurt Hummel, version of 'Blackbird' by the Beatles
will also be on the 13-track record. It will also include the group's version of Rod Stewart
's 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?' as well as a 'What Kid of Fool' by Barbra Streisand
Sounds Like: Dionne Warwick
, Dusty Springfield
, Carole King
About the Video:
"[The record label] wanted to do something in Paris, so we went. Actually it was my first time in Paris. I find it hilarious because being someone from London, it's ridiculous I've never been to Paris, you know? I always thought I was saving it for a very special man, or I was saving it for something. And as it turns out the first time I went to Paris, and I did every cliché that you could possibly imagine -- one after the other and in the most ridiculous style. I was driving around in this fabulous car in full makeup, styled and n the style of Barbara Streisand
. It was kind of funny." -- Singer-songwriter Rumer