Free Kelly Clarkson!
She fired her manager. She canceled her tour due to slow ticket sales. She waged a very public battle with one of the most powerful men in the music business. Her released-in-May single's all but gone by June. Now she's on about her battle with bulimia, which is a sure sign she's got an album due any day now -- June 26, to be precise, which is when My December makes its long-awaited (?) bow.
But we know you just wanna hear the damned thing already; seems some folks like what they hear. (Writes the always-trustworthy Greg Kot in today's Chicago Tribune: "Like the Dixie Chicks, she's probably going to take a hit at the box office. But like her fellow Texans, she's starting to earn something she once lacked: credibility.") So good thing MTV, at this very moment, is streaming for free and in its entirety the latest album from that Burleson Idol. Now, if only we could get the damned thing to actually play... --Robert Wilonsky
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