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Pop Stars Gone Country

Kelly Clarkson

“American Idol" alum and Texas native Kelly Clarkson has let her country flag fly for years, thanks in part to an unlikely friendship with Reba McEntire that has included a joint “CMT Crossroads” performance, a duet at the Academy of Country Music Awards and 2008’s “2 Worlds, 2 Voices Tour.” In February, Clarkson’s duet with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, paving the way for a full-on push into the market. In describing her long-awaited fifth album, now slated for release in September, Clarkson told Reuters, "There's a little bit of a country vibe/influence on a couple of songs."—Jeff Royer

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