Pop titan Kelly Clarkson's new album is chugging right along. "We have a good batch of songs already and I can’t wait to sing them live,” the original "American Idol" told People magazine of the new album -- the follow-up to 2015's criminally-underrated Piece by Piece. “They’re amazing. After having a career for so long, it’s so weird that nobody knows [my sound] yet, so it’s going to be so good. It’s definitely a different chapter.”
Clarkson expects to release the lead single in April, with the new "soulful urban pop" album following in June.
“It’s my favorite thing I’ve ever done. It’s the first time I got to pick my label, because I just got out of my [American] Idol contract. I’ve been dying to make this record since Idol," she said.
She continued, “[The album is] very much my personality,” she says. “I think it’s very much what people expected from me off of watching me on Idol. I sang all these Aretha [Franklin] things, I love Tina [Turner], I love Mariah [Carey], I love Whitney [Houston]. I think it’s very much what people expected in the first place. I love all my stuff that I’ve done but this is the record that has been in me since junior high. And that music from when I was in junior high is now coming back [into style] — like our 15-year-old listens to R&B that I listened to in high school.”
Earlier this year, the title cut from her last studio album became an unlikely and refreshing chart giant. Following her emotional performance on "Idol," "Piece by Piece" witnessed significant streaming and sales jumps, enough for a No. 8 meteoric blast on the Hot 100 -- supported by a 852 percent sales increase with 210,00 downloads and 3.1 million streams (a 969 percent increase).
Next month, to get into the holiday spirit, Clarkson will host the Miracle on Broadway fundraiser. Performers include Reba McEntire, Kelsea Ballerini, "Nashville" star Charles Esten, Ronnie Dunn, The Steeldrivers and RaeLynn. Additional talent to be revealed soon.
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