Thursday, March 8, 2012

ABC Getting into the Singing Competition Act

Robin Thicke
With ratings for The Voice (NBC) and American Idol (Fox) dominating the TV scene, ABC has decided to get into the act with a new singing reality series of its own, to be called "Duets" set for this coming summer.

Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke will participate. 

Here's some video with the above-mentioned stars:

ABC describes Duets as a one-of- a kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from behind the judges' panel and onto the stage. Clarkson, Nettles, Richie and Thicke will individually travel across the U.S. looking for undiscovered talent worthy of being their protégés. Each will ultimately choose two singers to be his/her duet partners. Together, they will perform each week before a live studio audience. In the end, only one duet will be at the top of the charts, and the winning amateur will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
Amateur singers interested in auditioning for the Superstars as they travel the country looking for talent can apply online at:

"The simple fact that I get to go out and find two people that I believe in, sing with them every week, and help them accomplish their dream is an amazing thing that I can't wait to be a part of!," said Clarkson.

Since her Idol breakthrough 10 years ago, Kelly Clarkson has released 5 studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), sold over 21 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the U.S., and has had 10 singles in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of 2 Grammy Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 1 Country Music Association Award and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Clarkson's most recent effort, Stronger, debuted at #2 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Digital Albums Chart.

Said Jennifer Nettles, "The concept of 'Duets' is so fresh because its mentoring is active and participatory. Most of my greatest learning was from singing and playing with other performers throughout my life and career. To have had the opportunity to perform with an established artist would have been so incredible when I was up and coming."

Nettles is lead vocalist for Sugarland and has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today. Sugarland has sold more than 15 million records, eight No. 1 singles and has headlined multiple nationwide tours. Nettles has won 5 ASCAP Awards for her songwriting abilities, and in 2008 received a Grammy Award, and ACM Award and a CMA Award for penning the No. 1 hit, "Stay." She has been seen all over the media spectrum with performances on "Oprah," "The Kennedy Center Honors," "CNN Heroes" and, most recently, performing with Lady Gaga on the "Grammy Nominations Live" concert special.

Lionel Richie is known to almost everyone as a long-time star of the pop music genre. 

"I can't wait to get started working with these phenomenally talented young artists. My goal will be to focus on developing true artistry and giving them the tools necessary to be creative artists instead of created artists, and I am eager to pass along a few of the nuggets of wisdom that I have received throughout my 40-year career from my own mentors, such as Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder," said Richie.

Lionel Richie is one of the most successful male solo artists of all time, selling more than 100 million records, earning 22 Top 10 hits, winning 5 Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe and a host of other awards. He has shaped popular culture, as his music has served as the soundtrack of several generations around the world. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, 

Richie was exposed to country, gospel, R & B and classical musical in equal parts, creating a musical foundation so strong that it has vaulted the industry's boundaries and barriers throughout his storied career. Tuskegee is where Richie discovered that he was a songwriter, and the place where he was inspired to write his first two hits, "Sail On" and "Easy." With a long list of hits such as "All Night Long," "Hello" and "Say You, Say Me," it easy to see why his music has remained at the forefront. His new album, "Tuskegee" (out March26th), is a long-overdue musical homecoming, a testament to his legacy and the timelessness of his appeal.

Said Robin Thicke, "I'm truly excited to be a part of 'Duets.' The format is unlike anything that's out there right now, and the opportunity to work with such talent, both the other artists and contestants, is definitely going to make for an exciting competition."

By the age of 16, Robin Thicke was writing and producing songs for artists like Brandy, Color Me Badd and Brian McKnight. By 21 he had written and produced songs on over 20 Gold and Platinum albums, including for Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony, Pink and Christina Aguilera, among others. A year later he signed with Jimmy Iovine and Interscope records. It didn't take much time for Thicke to make A Beautiful World, his critically acclaimed debut album released in 2003 under the name "Thicke." His breakthrough second release, 2006's The Evolution of Robin Thicke, produced the mega hit "Lost Without U," which became the #1 most played song in Urban Adult Contemporary BDS and topped four Billboard charts simultaneously -- #1 R&B /Hip Hop album, #1 Hot R&B / Hip Hop song, #1 Hot R&B Hip Hop Airplay and #1 Hot Adult R&B Airplay.

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