Kelly Clarkson‘s dry spell is over!
Single since 2006, the first-ever American Idol winner, 29, revealed to a Toronto radio station March 6 that she’s been off the market since late last year. “I have a new boyfriend!” Clarkson gushed.
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Sources tell the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands Friday) the lucky guy is 35-year-old Nashville-based talent manager Brandon Blackstock, the son of Clarkson’s own manager, Narvel Blackstock (and stepson of Reba McEntire).
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“Before Brandon, Kelly had a really tough time with love,” an insider says of the Grammy winner, who split from singer Graham Colton six years ago. “[Brandon] is just what she needed.”
For more on Clarkson’s hot new romance — including what Blackstock’s two children from a previous marriage think of her — pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands Friday!
AP Photo/Jeff BottariACM Awards 2012: Hunter Hayes, a New Artist of the Year Nominee, has written a song called “Here’s Hope” to fight childhood hunger. the Academy of Country Music awards airs at 8 tonight on CBS-TV.
Are you looking forward to the ACM Awards 2012?
Hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire (8 tonight, CBS), the Academy of Country Music awards will once again provide a great night of live entertainment, presentations by the stars and more, all live from Las Vegas.
One moment newcomer Hunter Hayes (“Storm Warning”) is looking forward to is not a potential award (he is a New Artist of the Year nominee) or even performance.
He is excited about the debut of a song he was asked to write for the ACM’s “Lifting Lives” segment. it will be performed by Little Big Town and the Clark County Children’s Choir on tonight’s show. And he will make a presentation.
It’s a segment for ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends here campaign.
“I was really nervous about writing the song,” Hunter told TheBoot.com. “I write songs because I love to write; I don’t write for a purpose.
“Plus I was nervous about something that is such a big topic and issue. quite frankly I didn’t know much about it, and once they started telling me about (child hunger) in the United States, the thing that struck me the most is one in five kids in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal is coming from.”
The song is called “Here’s Hope,” and it has been recorded by Jewel, who does the country version; Owl City, who recorded a pop/rock version; and Jay Sean, responsible for an R&B/hip-hop version.
According to organizers, the purpose of the campaign is to get consumers to donate 5 million meals this school year to Feeding America.
More details at ChildHungerEndsHere.com.
Here is Hunter Hayes and co-writers Luke Laird and Barry Dean talking about the song:
A snippet of Jewel’s version of “Here’s Hope”:
Jay Sean version of “Here’s Hope”:
Owl City’s version of “Here’s Hope”:
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