Clarkson exits the Firm for Nashville reps


NASHVILLE -- 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.

Clarkson's career was handled by Jeff Kwatinetz at the Firm in Los Angeles.

Starstruck Entertainment 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 latest RCA album, "My December," was released June 26. She will continue to be booked by CAA in Los Angeles.