Headlines: Kelly Clarkson Talks Hamilton, New Music

Hometown celeb and TV soundtrack mainstay join forces to support KC charity at free concert – The cheerful ringing of seasonal bells intended to elicit donations from passers-by will be supplanted by very different sounds in the Power & Light District on Friday. The free Rock the Red Kettle concert by the Fray and David Cook benefits the Salvation Army’s charitable efforts. – Read more at Kansas City.com

Martina McBride Responds to Billy Gilman’s “Anyways” performance on last night’s The Voice

And Gaga promoted Christian Cuevas’ cover of Million Reasons

Kelly Clarkson: Hamilton Mixtape was ‘literally the hardest thing I’ve ever done in the studio’ – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you get involved with The Hamilton Mixtape? KELLY CLARKSON: I was in my last month of pregnancy, and I had just – literally just – signed with Atlantic Records. [Atlantic Records Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman] said, “Oh my gosh, I have this amazing idea. I know you haven’t seen this musical, but we’re doing this whole mixtape idea with all these artists…” And I was like, “Well, I love musicals, so just send it to me.” I hadn’t seen [Hamilton], hadn’t heard anyone talk about it because where I live [in Nashville], nobody had seen it. He sent the song to me at like 1 a.m., and I sent an email back to him with a lot of expletives! I was so angry, because I was pregnant with my son, and it’s all about their son dying. – Entertainment Weekly

Plus an Album Update from Kelly

Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour Ends

She thanks her openers, fellow Oklahoma natives, and The Voice alums, The Swon Brothers.

Jordin Sparks Engages in War of Words After Commenter Takes Aim at White Mom – n the clip, the singer explained she showed up to Jackson’s home just before 1 a.m. Because no one ever knocks on the front door, Jackson protected herself by greeting her daughter with a firearm. The pair laughed about the encounter after the fact, which is shown in the video. – Read more at AtlantaBlackStar

Danny Gokey and family attend David Archuleta’s concert last night

The Voice 3 Winner Cassadee Pope Has Some Fun

‘Hairspray Live!’ Cast Explains Why ‘The Timing Is Right to Deliver a Message Like This’ – Hudson, also a Broadway vet, takes on the role of Motormouth Maybelle and will team up with Grande on the duet “Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)” for the finale. “I am so excited about that song. When I found out we were going to do it, I could not wait to do it,” Hudson told Billboard. “We’ve done the recording, but we haven’t done the production of it yet to see what we will be doing in that moment — it’s an energetic song and I just like that song. It was fun to record, especially with [Ariana] because I love her.” – Read more at Billboard

Darren Criss tapped as behind-the-scenes digital host for NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’ – The Glee alum has been tapped as the multiplatform host for NBC’s live telecast of Hairspray Live!, Mashable has exclusively learned. Throughout the night, Criss will give fans on digital platforms behind-the-scenes access to the show and check in on live ’60s-themed viewing parties around the country. He will interact with social media influencers, do live on-air and Facebook check-ins, engage with the live audience, create content from behind the scenes and post to social during the live show. He will also appear on “The Countdown to Hairspray Live!” special, hosted by Chenoweth and Hayes. – Read more at Mashable.com

Hinchcliffe’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ run was no accident – INDYCAR’s introduction to the show was made at the 2007 Indianapolis 500 when Helio Castroneves met then-new DWTS champion Apolo Anton Ohno, the Olympic speed skater. Castroneves was intrigued enough by the show to soon be in the DWTS offices. The fact DWTS had an INDYCAR fan then on its staff – Indianapolis native Amy Astley – added to the connection. When Castroneves won Season 5 in the fall of 2007, the racing/dancing bond was secure. INDYCAR maintained dialogue with show officials, pitching various drivers for consideration. One of them was Simon Pagenaud, the Frenchman who in September became champion of the Verizon IndyCar Series. All three of the Andrettis – Mario, Michael and Marco – were asked to participate and Rossi was under consideration for the recently completed show. DWTS settled on Hinchcliffe after longtime casting director Deena Katz met the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver during INDYCAR’s appearance earlier this year on another popular ABC show, “Celebrity Family Feud.” – Read more at Indycar.com

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