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Pop star Kelly Clarkson takes requests on Twitter
The former American Idol has pulled off some cool covers requested by fans on Twitter, and she’s seeing the buzz on YouTube.
The days of screaming at Kelly Clarkson to play “Stronger” are now over. The pop singer is taking fan requests via Twitter.
Concertgoers can now tweet at Miss Independent herself with the hashtag #KCrequests to request a song. Clarkson has been taking fan’s tweets during her summer tour with the Fray.
Fans have thus far persuaded her to cover Florence and the Machine’s “Shake it Out”, Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” and of course, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. Clarkson told a Tennessee newspaper that the experiment “cool” because it varies up her song selection.
The original American Idol winner isn’t the first person to take Twitter. Rock band My Morning Jacket has been using the service for its “Spontaneous Curation” series, and it’s long been a staple for Austin-based country singer Kelly Willis.
Clarkson has been taking requests since January, and she’s seen her covers create some viral buzz on YouTube as of late. Her rendition of “Call Me Maybe” has racked up more than 210,000 views, and her take on Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” is adorable to watch.
According to Topsy, a social analytics service, the #KCrequests hashtag has racked up more than 1,000 requests on Twitter. Fans have tweeted a wide genre of songs, from Jessie J’s “Domino” to Dixie Chicks’ hit “Not Ready to Make Nice.”
On YouTube, her most watched cover was of Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” which garnered 370,000 views. That cover has was one of the most positively received song with 3,000 likes and tons of comments praising her voice.
Photo via TeamAims/YouTube
A former editorial operations specialist and staff writer for the Daily Dot, Jordan Valinsky is a tech reporter and web culture commentator. His work has been published by the Week, Digiday, CNNMoney, Popular Mechanics, Vice, Mic, and Betabeat.