The Briefing > February 9, 2012

A Newsdump for 9 February 2012: From Kelly Clarkson staying strong to Marina’s new song

kellyclarksonshoulder.jpgComing off the back of her Super Bowl performance, Kelly Clarkson’s amazing ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ has topped the Hot 100, giving Kelly her first US Number One since ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’. (Entertainment Weekly) This is due to it being her best song since ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’, which we listened to at top whack in the Popjustice office yesterday to generally positive effect.

In ‘collaborations nobody was particularly asking for’ news, Justin Bieber is apparently ‘doing a Taio Cruz’ by recording a duet with Ke$ha. (Ace Showbiz)

In case you missed it last night, Lady Gaga announced her first set of tour dates for the Born This Way Ball. (Billboard)

Gorillaz are back with a one-off single featuring André 3000 – it’s called ‘DoYaThing’, and you can get the song (and presumably some cool shoe shine) off Converse’s website from February 23. (The Sun)

Labrinth has been ‘teasing’ possible collaborations with Usher, John Legend and Busta Rhymes in his latest diary entry for The Huffington Post. (The Huffington Post)

Taylor Swift’s video for new single ‘Safe And Sound’ will be having a “global, multiplatform unveiling” next Monday night. (The New York Times)

Harry Styles of One Direction is apparently taking up Pilates classes to help with his dodgy back. (Capital FM) There is a punchline to this that redefines all known concepts of ROFL, but it is also slightly in bad taste so we will leave it out. :(

Although she was unable to swear after her vocal chord haemorrhage, Adele was happy to find a speech synthesiser app which did it for her. (Daily Mail)

And finally, Marina & The Diamonds will be announcing details of her new single later today, and judging by his ever-so-subtle-tweeting Dr. Luke is involved in some capacity. (Twitter)