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Life after 'American Idol': Nick Fradiani, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Friday, July 8, 2016

Nick Fradiani, season 14 'American Idol" winner, is finally releasing his first full-length album "Hurricane" on August 5, more than a year after winning.

He is releasing a track a week until early August. If you pre-order here, you'll instantly receive "Beautiful Life" "Get You Home" and "Love is Blind."

Fradiani is doing some radio shows but doesn't have a full tour set yet.

While at his parent's home in Connecticut, he taped this Q&A on the "Idol" Facebook Live:


Jennifer Hudson wore a tight-fitting dress at Atlantan Ciara's recent wedding in London to Russell Wilson and posted several shots of herself on Instagram.

It's an orange, caped Christian Siriano ("Project Runway" winner).


If you like Carrie Underwood in a bikini, TMZ has shots while she and her hubby were in Cabo. I can't just print it for legal reasons so you'll have to look at it here.


WANTAGH, NY - MAY 31: Kelly Clarkson performs at 103.5 KTU's KTUphoria 2015 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on May 31, 2015 in Wantagh, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Kelly Clarkson completed her duties with RCA Records after 14 years, eight major releases and 25 million albums sold. She called it an "arranged marriage" and it had serious moments of tumult, especially disputes with management over the direction of her third album "My December." (That also happened to be her least successful album.)

She is now with Atlantic Records on her own terms. "[For the] first time in my career, 15 years later. . . I actually got to pick who I got to work with and I was very excited to see who would be excited to work with me," she told fans via her Facebook video.

For the first time, her next record will have more of a "soulful" tilt as opposed to pop. A country album will probably come down the road as well.


"Idol" chart action:

Carrie Underwood "Church Bells" No. 2 Mediabase 24/7 country chart

Fantasia "Sleeping With the One I Love" No. 20 Mediabase urban AC chart

Danny Gokey "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again" No. 4 Mediabase Christian AC chart (peak 2)



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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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