Clarkson brings act to Nashville

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Kelly Clarkson, who feuded with her label about the musical direction of her latest album and recently canceled her arena tour, has signed with Nashville-based Starstruck Entertainment for management.

Starstruck is home to country artists Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton. Narvel Blackstock, CEO of Starstruck and McEntire's husband, will serve as Clarkson's personal manager. Trisha McClanahan, Starstruck vp marketing, will assist with day-to-day operations.

Starstruck was founded by Blackstock in 1988 as a full-service entertainment conglomerate. McClanahan joined the company in 1990. Starstruck Management Group is the artist management arm of the corporation.

Clarkson's career had been handled by Jeff Kwatinetz at the Firm in Beverly Hills.

Her latest RCA album, "My December," was released June 26 and hits the charts this week. She will continue to be booked by CAA in Los Angeles.

Ray Waddell is an executive director at Billboard.
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