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Kelly Clarkson Performs Powerful Cover Of Billie Eilish's 'Happier Than Ever'

Kelly Clarkson Performs Powerful Cover Of Billie Eilish's 'Happier Than Ever'

Kelly Clarkson performed a powerful cover of Billie Eilish's "Happier Than Ever" for the "Kellyoke" segment of her namesake talk show, "The Kelly Clarkson Show."

"You ruined everything good/ Always said you were misunderstood/ Made all my moments your own/ Just f**king leave me alone," Clarkson belted out emotionally and closed the song with a high note.

"Happier Than Ever" was released as the sixth single of Eilish's album of the same name on July 30, 2021, through Darkroom and Interscope Records. The song had peaked at No. 11 on Billboard Hot 100 and topped Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart.

Clarkson had previously covered Eilish's "My Future," on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" in October 2020.

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Taylor Swift's Re-Recorded Version Of 'Red' To Drop Sooner Than Scheduled

Taylor Swift's Re-Recorded Version Of 'Red' To Drop Sooner Than Scheduled

Taylor Swift's upcoming re-recorded version of Red will arrive one week earlier than originally scheduled.

"Got some news that I think you're gonna like," the pop superstar announced on social media. "My version of 'Red' will be out a week earlier than scheduled (including the 4 disc vinyl) on November 12th ! Can't wait to celebrate the 13th with you and our new/old autumn heartbreak album."

The 30-track Red (Taylor's Version) was initially set to drop on November 19. She had previously mentioned that the record will feature Chris Stapleton, Phoebe Bridgers and Mark Foster.

Red was Swift's fourth studio album and has earned 7.5 million equivalent album units to date, according to MRC Data. It included Swift's first career Hot 100 No. 1 single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," as well as hits like "I Knew You Were Trouble," "22" and "Everything Has Changed" with Ed Sheeran.

Swift is remaking all her albums up to 2017's Reputation after the rights to the records were sold by her former record label without her permission.

In April, Taylor had released the re-recorded Fearless (Taylor's Version), which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Blake Shelton Drops Fiery New Single 'Come Back As A Country Boy'

Blake Shelton Drops Fiery New Single 'Come Back As A Country Boy'

Blake Shelton has dropped the fiery new single "Come Back as a Country Boy" from his upcoming Body Language deluxe album.

"I think this song is an anthem for everyday hardworking country people out there," Shelton said. "We have so much pride in who we are and what we do that, if we ever died and got the chance to live life over again, we probably wouldn't do it if we couldn't be country."

The lyrics of the track were jointly written by Hardy, Josh Thompson and Jordan Schmidt.

The deluxe edition of Body Language is due to be dropped on December 3. The original album was released in May,

The Oklahoma native country superstar has 28 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country airplay chart and has nearly a dozen gold and platinum-certified albums to his name.

Over the past two decades, he has accumulated more than 8.5 billion global on-demand streams, 13 million career U.S. album sales and award wins approaching the hundreds.

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Scotty McCreery's 'You Time' Reaches No. 1 On Billboard's Country Airplay Chart

Scotty McCreery's 'You Time' Reaches No. 1 On Billboard's Country Airplay Chart

Scotty McCreery has earned his fourth No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart thanks to "You Time."

"You Time" topped the chart after recording 27.7 million audience impressions, up 8%, according to MRC Data.

"You Time" is the lead single from McCreery's new studio album Same Truck, which debuted at No. 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

"I wrote this song with Frank [Rogers] and Aaron [Eshuis] in 2019, but it still feels brand new, McCreery told Billboard. "Now that I'm back on the road, it's been fun to see the audience get excited and dance when we play 'You Time.' It gets a great reaction from the crowd every night."

"I appreciate country radio for playing and supporting the song, my label [Triple Tigers] and management," he added. "Most of all, my gratitude is to the fans who are always there for me. Having 'You Time' hit No. 1 is a great way to celebrate 10 years of making music."

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Carrie Underwood Shares Special Edition Of 'My Gift' Featuring 3 New Tracks

Carrie Underwood Shares Special Edition Of 'My Gift' Featuring 3 New Tracks

A special edition of Carrie Underwood's holiday album My Gift is available worldwide now digitally and on CD.

The vinyl format will be released on November 5, with pre-orders available now.

The special edition features three new tracks in addition to the 11 songs included in the original My Gift album, released in September, 2020.

The new songs are "Favorite Time of Year," "All Is Well," and "Let There Be Peace/Something in the Water."

"Favorite Time Of Year" was previously released exclusively as an Amazon Original and featured in Ring's 2020 Doorbell Season holiday campaign.

Written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano and produced by Greg Wells, the song also opened the HBO Max Original, "My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood."

"All Is Well" (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) is an all-new studio recording of Smith's classic, produced by Greg Wells.

"Let There Be Peace/Something In The Water (LIVE From HBO Max's MY GIFT: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood)" was co-written by Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia and Chris DeStefano. The live recording of the powerful medley provided a stunning finale to the HBO Max Original special.

My Gift is a combination of beloved traditional songs celebrating the spiritual nature of Christmas and several originals, two of which were co-written by Carrie.

"It's been such a blessing to share this special music and I'm excited to share even more with the release of My Gift (Special Edition)," said the country music superstar.

My Gift (Special Edition) Track List:

1. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Traditional)2. O Come All Ye Faithful (Traditional)3. Let There Be Peace (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia)4. Little Drummer Boy (featuring Isaiah Fisher) (Harry Simeone, Henry Onorati, Katherine Davis)5. Sweet Baby Jesus (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia)6. Hallelujah (with John Legend) (John Stephens, Toby Gad) 7. O Holy Night (Traditional)8. Mary, Did You Know? (Buddy Greene, Mark Lowry)9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)10. Away In A Manger (Traditional)11. Silent Night (Traditional)12. Favorite Time Of Year (Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, Chris DeStefano)13. All Is Well (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick)14. Let There Be Peace/Something In The Water (LIVE From HBO Max's MY GIFT: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood) (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia, Chris DeStefano)

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Jason Aldean Announces 'Macon, Georgia' Double Album

Jason Aldean Announces 'Macon, Georgia' Double Album

Jason Aldean will release a new double album Macon, Georgia over the course of this year and next.

Aldean is looking back home with his upcoming 10th studio album, which reflects both where he is from and how far he has taken his signature sound.

"Where you were raised has such a big influence on who you become and for me it's no different.especially from a music standpoint," Aldean said. "My little hometown of Macon was heavily instrumental in my musical background."

"Growing up in an environment that was a crossroads between Country music, Southern rock, blues and R&B, it was just natural to blend different sounds in my own way," the country music singer added.

The first 15 songs, including the Top 5 single "If I Didn't Love You" with Carrie Underwood, are set to be released on November 12, and are now available for preorder at https://store.jasonaldean.com/collections/macon.

Aldean will roll out 30 tracks - 20 new tracks and at least 1 live hit off each of his previous albums - by April 22, 2022. The full release will also be marked by a commemorative disc vinyl set.

Aldean is working alongside his longtime producer Michael Knox to bring out the album.

MACON Track List:

1. "After You"2. "Over You Again"3. "That's What Tequila Does"4. "Small Town Small"5. "If I Didn't Love You"6. "Story For Another Glass"7. "Heaven"8. "This Bar Don't Work Anymore"9. "The Sad Songs"10. "Watching You Love Me"11. "Amarillo Sky" (Live from Nashville, TN)12. "Johnny Cash" (Live from Los Angeles, CA)13. "She's Country" (Live from Las Vegas, NV)14. "Big Green Tractor" (Live from Dallas, TX)15. "My Kinda Party" (Live from St. Louis, MO)

GEORGIA Track List:

16. "Whiskey Me Away"17. "Trouble With A Heartbreak"18. "The State I'm In"19. "Midnight And Missin' You"20. "Ain't Enough Cowboy"21. "God Made Airplanes"22. "My Weakness"23. "Holy Water"24. "Rock And Roll Cowboy"25. "Your Mama"26. "Take a Little Ride" (Live from Las Vegas, NV)27. "Burnin' It Down" (Live from St. Louis, MO)28. "Any Ol' Barstool" (Live from Knoxville, TN)29. "Rearview Town" (Live from St. Louis, MO)30. "Blame It On You" (Live from Manchester, TN)

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Alan Jackson Performs 'Where Have You Gone' From Ryman Auditorium In New Video

Alan Jackson Performs 'Where Have You Gone' From Ryman Auditorium In New Video

Country music superstar Alan Jackson recently released a music video for "Where Have You Gone," the title track from his new album.

The video, directed by Peter Zavadil, opens with Jackson onstage of Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium. The black-and-white clip honors "real country music," as Jackson is surrounded by several instruments, including steel guitar, banjo, fiddle and other country instruments.

Jackson is joined onstage by the memories of several prominent artists, including Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Tammy Wynette and more.

"Where Have You Gone" is the title track of Jackson's newest studio album, released in May. He wrote the song solo.

"This is Alan's idea.capturing all of this incredible history that's happened here," Zavadil shares. "The goal was to make the Ryman as much of a character in this as Alan is the artist onstage," he adds. "This is a magical place."

"The song kind of starts out like it's a lost love," Jackson says. "I love what I call 'real country music,' and I just see it fading away more than I ever have," he explains. "I just wanted to say that."

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Jennifer Nettles Joining Cast Of Sara Bareilles' 'Waitress' On Broadway

Jennifer Nettles Joining Cast Of Sara Bareilles' 'Waitress' On Broadway

Grammy-winning singer Jennifer Nettles has joined the cast of Broadway musical "Waitress."

Nettles, who will take on the lead role of Jenna, will perform in the musical from October 19 through November 24. Sara Bareilles is currently in the role of Jenna through October 17.

"Waitress" is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.

"Sara is a dear friend of mine and when 'Waitres0' first came out, I was so excited for her," Nettles told People. "Loved the project, loved the show, loved the material and wanted to be able to be a part of this beautiful legacy that my friend had created. But we were just never able to make it work in terms of timing."

She added, "So to be able to now be a part of it, and this beautiful celebration of Broadway's reopening? It's just like, the stars have aligned. The right thing happens at the right time."

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Brett Young Announces First-Ever Christmas Album

Brett Young Announces First-Ever Christmas Album

Country crooner Brett Young has announced his first-ever Christmas album featuring a host of his friends from the music industry.

Titled Brett Young & Friends Sing the Christmas Classics, the collection features all-new spins on classic Christmas songs, including "White Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Silent Night," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," to name a few.

Joining Young on the album are Maddie & Tae, Darius Rucker, Colbie Caillat, and producer Dann Huff, among others. The full list can be seen on the cover art of the album, which features Young clad in a rustic, green suit as he perches atop a yellow armchair in front of a cozy fireplace on which are hung gray-hued Christmas stockings embroidered with the names of the collaborators.

Also slated for release in conjunction with the project is "CMT Crossroads Christmas: Brett Young & Friends," a television special that features all the collaborators, to be released sometime later this year.

Brett Young & Friends is slated for release on October 22, though fans who pre-order the same now will instantly be granted access to a song that Young produced in collaboration with Sam Fischer.

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Garth Brooks Explains Shift To Smaller Venues: 'Dive Bars Are Vaccinated'

Garth Brooks Explains Shift To Smaller Venues: 'Dive Bars Are Vaccinated'

Country superstar Garth Brooks has divulged the reason for restarting his "Dive Bar Tour."

According to the Country Music Hall of Famer, playing at smaller club venues, instead of his planned stadium concerts, are safer for fans during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on his Facebook series "Inside Studio G," Brooks reminded his fans that "stadiums are officially out for this year." He further explained that dive bars and small venues are better because it's easier to enforce vaccine requirements.

"The dive bars are vaccinated!" Brooks said. "That's how you get to do it."

The country singer had kicked off his stadium tour in 2019 but had to stop it due to the pandemic in 2020. He restarted it up again in July this year only to bring it to a halt again due to increase in coronavirus cases.

The singer's "Dive Bar" shows will only be open to people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Last week, Brooks had announced that he will perform a concert on October 11 at Oklahoma City's Diamond Ballroom, with a string of other dates to be announced later.

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Mickey Guyton To Be Honored As 2021 CMT Breakout Artist Of The Year

Mickey Guyton To Be Honored As 2021 CMT Breakout Artist Of The Year

Rising country star Mickey Guyton will be honored as the 2021 CMT Breakout Artist of the Year at the CMT Artists of the Year event to be held at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 13. The ceremony will air LIVE from 9p/8c on CMT.

"We are thrilled to honor the immensely talented Mickey Guyton as this year's 'Breakout Artist of the Year," said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music & Talent, CMT. "After relentlessly chasing her dreams in country music for years, her perseverance, tenacity and spirit have culminated in this spectacular moment of recognition where she's finally receiving the credit she deserves."

2021 "CMT Artists of the Year" will return to its original format after adapting last year to honor inspirational Americans on the frontlines of the pandemic.

This year, Guyton will take the stage alongside previously announced 2021 honorees Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, and Luke Combs.

The event will feature never-before-seen performances and collaborations, and congratulatory moments. Musical pairings, special guests, and additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson Among Big Winners At Americana Awards

Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson Among Big Winners At Americana Awards

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and country music singer Sturgill Simpson were among the big winners at the 2021 Americana Honors and Awards show.

Carlile won the artist of the year award, while Simpson took home the album of the year award for Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1 - The Butcher Shoppe Sessions.

"To be artist of the year after a year like we have all had as a community, there's a weight to it and I know it's profound," said Carlile. "Because it was hard to be an artist this year."

This is Carlile's second artist of the year award after winning it in 2019.

Meanwhile, late folk singer John Prine, who died in 2020 due complications from Covid-19, won song of the year for "I Remember Everything." The song had also won two Grammy Awards earlier this year.

"We are so grateful for this posthumous recognition, John's last recorded song," said Fiona Prine, his widow.

The annual awards show returned in-person on Wednesday, September 22 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, after it was canceled last year because of the pandemic.

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Kacey Musgraves, Halsey, Young Thug & Brandi Carlile Announced As 'SNL' Musical Guests

Kacey Musgraves, Halsey, Young Thug & Brandi Carlile Announced As 'SNL' Musical Guests

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has revealed the hosts and musical guests for the first four episodes of the late-night sketch comedy show's 47th season.

Fresh off the release of her new album Star-Crossed, Kacey Musgraves will help kick off the new season on October 2 alongside host Owen Wilson.

Halsey, who recently released their fourth album If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, will serve as musical guest on a show hosted by Kim Kardashian West on October 9.

The third episode of the season on October 16 will be hosted by Rami Malek, with Young Thug set to perform a day after the scheduled release of his second studio album Punk.

A few weeks after the scheduled release of her seventh studio album In These Silent Days on October 1, Brandi Carlile is set to be the musical guest on the October 23 episode hosted by Jason Sudeikis.

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Ashley McBryde Postpones Show After Being Inured In Horseback Riding Accident

Ashley McBryde Postpones Show After Being Inured In Horseback Riding Accident

Country singer-songwriter Ashley McBryde was forced to postpone a show scheduled to be held on Thursday at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox in Spokane, Washington, after suffering injuries from a horseback riding accident.

The postponement and the news of the accident were revealed by McBryde's team on Instagram on Wednesday.

"Earlier today, Ashley was enjoying her time in the beautiful state of Montana and had an accident while riding a horse," the post said. "After a trip to the hospital and a few stitches (and some very sore bones), she is recovering and doing her best to ensure she can play again as soon as possible."

The post also expressed gratitude to the EMTs and staff at the Missoula, Montana, hospital who helped McBryde.

Concert promoters at Live Nation said all previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date once it is announced.

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Kelly Clarkson Drops New Holiday Single 'Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)'

Kelly Clarkson Drops New Holiday Single 'Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)'

Kelly Clarkson has dropped "Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)," the first single from her upcoming holiday album.

When Christmas Comes Around... , the country singer's ninth studio album, will be released on October 15 via Atlantic Records.

The 15-track LP features covers of classic holiday jingles and new collaborations with Ariana Grande, Chris Stapleton and Brett Eldredge.

Speaking about the album's title, Clarkson said, "My purpose for choosing this lyric for being the title of this project was to bring forth a sense of reality to the fact that we are probably all in very different places emotionally 'when Christmas comes around.'"

"Some of us consumed with a new love, some of us reminded of loss, some filled with optimism for the coming new year, others elated for some much deserved time away from the chaos our work lives can sometimes bring us," she added. "Wherever you are, and whatever you may be experiencing, I wanted everyone to be able to connect to a message on this album.".

When Christmas Comes Around... Track list:

1. "Merry Christmas Baby"2. "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"3. "Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)"4. "Merry Christmas (To The One I Used to Know)"5. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree6. "Glow" feat. Chris Stapleton7. "Santa Baby"8. "Santa, Can't You Hear Me" feat. Ariana Grande9. "Last Christmas"10. "Jingle Bell Rock"11. "Blessed"12. "Christmas Come Early"13. "Under the Mistletoe" feat. Brett Eldredge14. "All I Want for Christmas Is You"15. "Christmas Eve"

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Gabby Barrett Shares Video For 'Footprints On The Moon'

Gabby Barrett Shares Video For 'Footprints On The Moon'

Country singer-songwriter Gabby Barrett recently shared a video for her inspirational single "Footprints On The Moon" from her debut album Goldmine.

"The voices in the night, in your head / Yeah, they'll pay you to quit / He'll tell you that it's hard, 'cause it is / But you can do anything, anything you want to / There's footprints on the moon," Barrett sings on the track.

"Footprints On The Moon" is the third single from Goldmine following the previously released "I Hope" and "The Good Ones."

Barrett has said she really wants people to get to know her through her music with the first three singles.

"I like my music to be very genuine to me and my life," Barrett said. "With 'I Hope' it was very heartbreak and loss and then 'Good Ones' was finding hope, being married and all that good stuff, and then the next part to me is the trying to be uplifting part of myself as well, to people who may be in that same spot that I was in when I was shooting for a very large dream that nobody believed in."

She added, "A lot of people were very negative through school, anywhere and everywhere that I went, and it was difficult and I wish I had a song to listen to at the time that I was going through that, and so for anybody else that is going through it, I wanted to release it for them to help them in any way."

Barrett, who was recently announced as a 2021 CMT Artists of the Year honoree, is currently on tour with Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.

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Keith Urban Shares 'Crimson Blue' From 'Nine Perfect Strangers'

Keith Urban Shares 'Crimson Blue' From 'Nine Perfect Strangers'

Country superstar Keith Urban has shared a new single "Crimson Blue" from the soundtrack for the Hulu series "Nine Perfect Strangers."

"I never saw the sky crimson blue / Kaleidoscope my eyes shapes and hues / I learned to bend the light easily / I know there's more beyond what I see," Urban sings on the track. "Am I inside a dream or wide awake? / If I can find the key, would I escape? / Caught in between the ledge and letting go / Nothing's the way it was anymore."

"Crimson Blue" was written by Urban along with Sean Small, BRELAND, and Sam Sumser. Urban, Small, and Sumser also served as producers on the track.

"Crimson Blue" is Urban's second release of the year and follows "Wild Hearts," which dropped in late August.

"Nine Perfect Strangers" was directed by Jonathan Levine and is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. The series premiered on August 18, 2021, on Hulu.

"Nine Perfect Strangers" finds Academy Award winner and Urban's wife Nicole Kidman in the lead role alongside A-list co-stars Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Asher Keddie, Samara Weaving, Melvin Gregg, Tiffany Boone, and more.

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Lil Nas X Covers Dolly Parton's Classic 'Jolene'

Lil Nas X Covers Dolly Parton's Classic 'Jolene'

Rapper Lil Nas X recently covered legendary country singer Dolly Parton's classic song "Jolene."

The Grammy-winner performed the cover of "Jolene" during an appearance at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge on Tuesday, September 21. He also performed songs from his new debut album Montero, which was released on Friday, September 17 via Columbia Records.

"This song is kind of like beautifully sad, you know? I like the little twang, like the country twang in it. So I was like, 'Lemme try this out,'" Lil Nas X explained on the radio show.

Lil Nas X also performed his Hot 100 chart-topper "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" as well as "Dead Right Now" and "That's What I Want."

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Kacey Musgraves' 'Star-Crossed' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart

Kacey Musgraves' 'Star-Crossed' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart

Kacey Musgraves has earned her first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart thanks to her latest studio album Star-Crossed.

Star-Crossed debuted atop the list, with 47,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the week ending September 16, according to MRC Data. Of the 47,000, physical album sales comprised 37,000, with 26,000 on vinyl; 9,000 on CD and nearly 2,000 on cassette, and 10,000 via digital download.

The 26,000 vinyl sales marks the largest sales week for a country album on vinyl since MRC Data began tracking sales in 1991.

It was also Musgraves second-largest sales week ever, trailing only the debut week of Pageant Material in 2015, which sold 55,000 copies on the chart dated July 11, 2015.

Star-Crossed also bowed at No. 1 on Billboard's Vinyl Albums chart, Musgraves' second chart-topper after her previous studio album, 2018's Golden Hour.

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Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson Perform 'Respect' On 'The Voice'

Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson Perform 'Respect' On 'The Voice'

Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande teamed up to perform Aretha Franklin's "Respect" on "The Voice" on Monday night, September 20.

Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton are all returning as coaches to the singing reality show, with Grammy winner Grande making her debut as a coach, as she replaces Nick Jonas.

Meanwhile, Shelton and Legend sang Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Coming."

"happy first episode @NBCTheVoice!!!!!!! and welcome to #TeamAriana the wonderful katie rae, @kkmohler and @vaughnmugol," Ariana tweeted after the show aired.

She added, "i hope you all loved the first episode. i am so excited for you all to see what's to come and meet the rest of my team, you have no idea. more tomorrow!"

Earlier in the day, Grande also made an appearance on Clarkson's daytime talk show "The Kelly Clarkson Show."

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