'Idol' Roundup: Kelly Clarkson Covers Alanis, Mariah Carey/Keith Urban Promos and More
'Idol' Roundup: Kelly Clarkson Covers Alanis, Mariah Carey/Keith Urban Promos and More
Jeff Dodge
Jeff Dodge
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Just when we think we've heard every Kelly Clarkson song, she releases even more, and this new one happens to be a mash-up of Alanis Morissette and The Kings of Leon. Also in today's Roundup, there are two new Idol promos with Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, as well as an audition clip of Nicki Minaj showing her softer side. Plus, another alum has been dropped by their record label.

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First Listen: Kelly Clarkson's "That I Would Be Good/Use Somebody"

If the three new songs on Kelly's new Greatest Hits -- Chapter One are not enough for you, then I suggest buying a special version from her official website because it includes Smoakstack Sessions Vol. 2 (Vol. 1 came out with Stronger) with these five additional tracks: "I Never Loved a Man," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Walking After Midnight," "That I Would Be Good/Use Somebody" and "Lies." Kelly has posted the Alanis Morissette/Kings of Leon mash-up to her YouTube page -- proving yet again that the Idol Queen can sing anything -- so check it out for yourself below:

Mariah Carey and Keith Urban Promos

A recent American Idol season 12 promo focused on Nicki Minaj as a judge. Afterwards, I wondered if the other new judges would get the same treatment as well. Wonder no more, because here are two new ones featuring Mariah Carey and Keith Urban. Unfortunately, we don't get to see much of Keith in his new role. But Mariah looks to be the nurturing judge who wants to take the contestants under her wing.

Audition Video: Nicki Minaj Shows Her Soft Side

Speaking of the auditions and new judges, Nicki stopped by Live with Kelly and Michael this morning. And they showed a clip of her reaction to an audition. The woman who auditions has a husband now paralyzed from a motorcycle accident, and Nicki is proud of her and feels for the situation she's in.

But don't let this moment stop you from thinking Nicki's going to turn into the nice judge, a la Paula Abdul and Steven Tyler. When asked what kind of a judge she'll be, she mentions Simon Cowell: "I can't sit up there and just gush over everyone and not be real. Because I remember when I would be at home watching, I loved Simon being honest. I didn't want to watch it for people to just say, You're great. I love you. I just can't because there's a time and place to do that. ... I want to take it serious." January can't come soon enough.

Haley Reinhart Dropped by Record Label

And another one bites the dust. The season 10 third place finisher, Haley Reinhart, considered to be one of the most talented finalists but yet one of the most underrated, has been dropped by her record label, Interscope Records. When her debut album, Listen Up!, was released in May, 20,000 copies sold in its first week and it landed at No. 17 on the Billboard 200. Unfortunately, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, it has only sold an additional 39,000 since then.

Singers like her that have a very distinct sound and music style are needed in the industry. With many Idols on small/independent labels now, it wouldn't surprise me if another label (and one that doesn't need massive sales to stay in the game) signs her up.

New Releases

Kelly Clarkson: Greatest Hits -- Chapter One
Even though we know all the songs by now, if you still want to listen to the album first before buying, AOL's Full CD Listening Party is streaming the first 14 tracks for free, including new songs "Catch My Breath" and "People Like Us."

Phillip Phillips: The World from the Side of the Moon
Phillip's debut is available in standard, deluxe and Target exclusive versions. Before you buy, listen to 90-second previews of each song.

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