Kelly Clarkson is having the time of her life with her latest record Meaning of Life released in October 2017. Her seventh non-holiday LP, released under Atlantic Records, is the album she's been craving to make since she first won "American Idol" in 2002. Under a brand new contract since those days, Life was better off after the wait because Clarkson is now in control, experienced and calling the shots. The lead single "Love So Soft" after just five months has hit a milestone - the song was certified Gold by the RIAA on Valentine's Day.
"Love So Soft" has been certified for having generated at least 500,000 digital units since its Sept. 7, 2017 release. The RIAA has recognized the streaming revolution for a handful years now so those numbers are also factored into the certification. The "Love So Soft" certification comes in a coincidental timely manner becoming official on a day dedicated to love themes.
Clarkson's previous certification came two years ago when her sixth album Piece by Piece received a Gold status on Feb. 26, 2016. Clarkson's previous single derived from an album, title track "Piece by Piece," has moved over 735,000 units but has not received a certification. The single was fueled by an emotional performance on "American Idol" performing a stripped piano version of the song used on 2015's tour. In the days where streaming has taken over music consumption, Clarkson has proven her staying power despite a general decrease in actual sales.
"Love So Soft" also had some chart successes. It became Clarkson's 16th Adult Top 40 top 10 (No. 7) extending her record on the radio chart geared towards ages 25 and older. On Adult Contemporary, the urban track reached No. 15 and peaked at No. 21 on Mainstream Top 40. It also extended Clarkson's tally for most No. 1's as an "Idol" alumni. After hitting No. 1 on the dance chart, "Love" is Clarkson's 101st chart topper across all Billboard charts.
One day before Clarkson's certification (Feb. 13), Clarkson released "I Don't Think About You" to Adult Top 40 as the album's second single - a change made after announcing "Medicine" as the second single on NBC's "The Voice" where she will be featured as a coach beginning Feb. 26.
Check out Kelly Clarkson's shining performance of "Love So Soft" on "Ellen" and the making of the single below.