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Billboard Hot 100 #1 with Kelly Clarkson – again

In the fall of 2009, Jörgen returned to Los Angeles where he resumed working with major artists as well as collaborating with other songwriters. One of them was Carole Bayer Sager, and together they wrote “All That I Need to Survive” for Charice’s self titled album, released in May 2010.  Jörgen also founded his music publishing company “Perfect Storm Music Group” as well as his record label “33,3”.

Things now began to move fast. Another artist looking for new material was Jennifer Lopez. Her album “Love?” came out in March 2011 and included Jörgen’s co-written song “Until it Beats No More”.

Jörgen Elofsson and Kelly Clarkson are clearly a perfect match. In 2002, he co-wrote the winning song, “A Moment Like This”, for the inaugural season of American Idol, won by Clarkson. It became Jörgen’s first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On February 8, 2012, he could celebrate his second one, co-writing Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”. It remained at #1 for two weeks, dropped a few positions the third week, only to return to the top spot seven days later, which makes it her longest-running number one single in the US.

Kelly Clarkson also set a new US list record with “Stronger”, by topping the Billboard Hot 100, Country Songs, Adult Contemporary, Adult Pop Songs and Dance/Club Play Songs charts.

In October 2013, her music video (above) has over 89,000,000 views on YouTube. But it is this one, made by a 22-year-old leukemia patient at the Seattle Children’s Hospital with a talent for video, which retains a special place in Jörgen’s heart.

“When I watched this video for the first time, my eyes were filled with tears. I’m very sentimental and I was tremendously moved. At the same time, the fact that I obviously had written a song that really meant something for someone made me feel… well, I hope it’s ok that I use the word ‘happy’ here?”

Five months after its February release, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” already had become the best selling single in American Idol’s history (3,510,000 copies).  In early December, it has passed the 5 million mark.