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This Week In Beyonce: Did Kelly Clarkson Bite "Halo"?

(Listen to "Halo" here)

Texas' two biggest pop divas are currently embroiled in a feud only the media could love. It seems Kelly Clarkson's latest single from her album All I Ever Wanted, "Already Gone," sounds a lot like Beyonce's recent Top 5 smash, "Halo." Turns out there's a good reason for this - both songs share a backing track. It's a pretty important track too... as in the melody.

Clarkson told the Canadian Broadcasting Company that she didn't know her "Already" co-writer, OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, had also given the track to Beyonce, and that her record label, RCA, released the single against her will. As you might imagine, she's not happy about it at all.

"It sucks, but it's one of those things I have no control over," Clarkson said. "I already made my album. At this point, the record company can do whatever they want with it. It's kind of a shitty situation, but . . . you know, you learn."

You tell 'em, Kelly. As far as Rocks Off can tell, Beyonce has not commented on the matter. "Already Gone" has not charted yet, while "Halo" is currently at No. 16 on Billboard's Hot 100 in its 26th week after peaking at No. 5. Clarkson may yet have the last laugh: According to a poll at TMZ.com, 54 percent of the 48,000 people who have voted so far think "Already Gone" is the better song.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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