Kelly Clarkson to release new single in April 2017, album to follow in June
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Three-time Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson is more than ecstatic to release her seventh non-holiday album under a brand new label. The superstar signed a new deal with Atlantic Records after completing her six-album run with RCA Records completing her 2002 "American Idol" deal. On Oct. 4, she released her first children's book "River Rose and the Magical Lullaby" and during promotion, she's talked heavily of the album's direction and is an album she's been itching to make since her beginnings.

The album which doesn't have solid details will end up being an R&B urban record versus the power pop and pop rock for which Clarkson is widely known. Through the years, songs have had influences of country and that urban sound and this time, it will be an entire album that Atlantic is supporting. On Oct. 28, when Clarkson usually takes to Facebook Live to chat with fans and to release soundboard cover songs from previous tours, she spoke at the S.H.E. Summit in New York to discuss time management and being a mother. At that summit, she also took the time to speak with People magazine about upcoming music.

Clarkson plans on releasing the lead single to the upcoming project in April 2017, she told the publication. She will follow up with the parent album in June, similar to the time frames between many of her previous albums under RCA.

Embarking on a new chapter in her career, she says, "I think it’s very much what people expected from me off of watching me on 'Idol.' I sang all these Aretha things. I love Tina. I love Mariah. I love Whitney. 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  — like our 15-year-old listens to R&B that I listened to in high school."

So far in the recording process, she and her team have a solid batch of songs to work with but she noted the album has not been completed. It's an album she's ready to take on the road and perform for fans to experience that side of her not seen very often. Though her covers are usually the soulful type, she's only recorded a handful of songs that may only be a glimpse of what's to come. Songs include songs from debut album Thankful such as "What's Up Lonely" and "Some Kind of Miracle," "Why Don't You Try" from 2011's Stronger, and more recently, "I Had a Dream" and "Bad Reputation" from 2015's No. 1 album Piece by Piece. The latter is a rip roaring sassy track that describes letting her guard down for someone she's trying to hide it. Vocally, it's a powerful song included on the deluxe edition of the album.

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