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    KELLY CLARKSON

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    Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. In 2002, she rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol, and has since been established as The Original American Idol. Her debut single, A Moment Like This, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and broke the record for the biggest jump to number one in the chart’s history; it became the best-selling single of the year in the country. She became the runner-up of World Idol the following year.

    Clarksons debut studio album, Thankful (2003), has been certified 2 platinum and sold over 4.5 million copies internationally. Its lead single, Miss Independent, became an international hit, earning Clarkson her first Grammy nomination. She developed a rock-oriented sound with the release of her second album, Breakaway (2004). It has been certified 6 platinum and sold over 15 million copies worldwide, earning Clarkson two Grammy Awards, including one for the hit single Since U Been Gone. She later took full creative direction of her third album, My December (2007), which has been certified platinum. Its lead single, Never Again, became a top ten hit. Clarksons fourth album, All I Ever Wanted (2009), debuted at number one, and became a critical and commercial success. Its worldwide hit single, My Life Would Suck Without You, surpassed A Moment Like This for the biggest leap to number one on a single week in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart from number 97, a record it still holds today. Her fifth album, Stronger (2011), generated international chart-topping singles, Mr. Know It All and Stronger (What Doesnt Kill You). The latter is the best-selling single by an American Idol alumni to date; it has sold over five million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, making Clarkson the first and only artist to win the award twice.

    In 2012, Clarkson released Greatest Hits Chapter One; its lead single, Catch My Breath, became her twenty-fourth entry on the Hot 100 and eleventh million-selling single. Clarksons sixth album and first Christmas-themed release, Wrapped in Red (2013), became the best-selling holiday album of the year, making her the first American female artist to achieve this goal. In 2015, Clarkson released her seventh studio album, Piece by Piece, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart, becoming her third number one album in the United States.

    In a career spanning over a decade, Clarkson has accumulated ninety-one number ones on the Billboard charts and eleven international number one singles, and has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. She is known for her vocal versatility and range. Her music has mainly dealt with themes of heartbreak, independence, and self-empowerment for women and young teens. Apart from her work in music, Clarkson has also ventured into television and film. Clarksons film debut was in the romantic musical From Justin to Kelly (2003) and she also appeared in American Dreams as Brenda Lee, in Reba, on The Voice as a guest advisor, on Duets as a mentor and judge. Clarksons musical work has also gained her numerous accolades, including three Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and a Womens World Award. In 2012, Clarkson was ranked nineteenth on VH1s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music. In 2013, Clarkson was ranked number 105 on Joel Whitburns Top 500 Artists Of All Time, number 5 on both Top Billboard 200 Female Artists and Adult Contemporary Artists, number 27 on Top Billboard 200 Artists, and number 75 on Billboards Hot 100: Top 100 Artists. Billboard also ranked Clarkson as the 14th-best-selling artist of the 2000s and one of the top 200 album sellers of the Nielsen SoundScan era at number 187.

    General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus

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    General (Ret) David H. Petraeus is a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He is also a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, Co-Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Institute’s Global Advisory Council, Senior Vice President of the Royal United Services Institute, and a member of the boards of the Institute for the Study of War, the Atlantic Council, the McCain Institute, and ten veterans service organizations.
    He is also engaged in personal venture capital investing. During his 37-year career in the United States Army, General Petraeus was widely recognized for his command of the organization that produced the U.S. Army’s counterinsurgency manual and overhauled all aspects of preparing U.S. Army leaders and units for deployment to combat; for his leadership of the Surge in Iraq, during which violence in Iraq was dramatically reduced; and for his command of coalition forces in Afghanistan as they reversed the momentum of the Taliban and enabled the commencement of the transition of tasks to Afghan forces. He culminated his military career with six successive general officer commands, five of which were in combat. After General Petraeus’ retirement from the military, he served as Director of the CIA, leading the Agency during a period that saw significant achievements in the fight against Al Qaeda and its affiliates and guiding the development of a strategic plan to guide the Agency. A graduate with distinction from the United States Military Academy, he also earned a Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program of international relations and economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and later completed a fellowship at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. General Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and UN medals and awards, and he has also been decorated by 13 foreign countries.