Kelly Clarkson fans worldwide are rejoicing for the announcement she finally released today (June 24). After a week long lead up to the news, performing cover songs from home once requested on tour, she had several bits to reveal to fans about her career going forward. After nearly 14 years with RCA Records, Clarkson has signed with Atlantic Records in what she called "a fresh start" in her Facebook Live stream.
Clarkson is now working with the label under Warner Music Group and will be able to create the albums she'd been wanting to for years. She promised fans that she will still record the country album she's been talking about with Atlantic having a division for the genre. However for her first release under the new deal, she's working on a soulful record for 2017. The clue she gave on day one of hashtag "KCGoesLive" was that the artists she was covering all had something in common for her. The mystery is over. The artists are on the same label. Throughout the week, she covered Otis Redding, Foreigner, Aretha Franklin and Gnarles Barkley. After the first announcement today, she sang Ben E. King's famous "Stand By Me" as a thank you to all the fans that have been on the journey with her since 2002 when she won the first season of "American Idol."
She also pointed out that her partnership with RCA was an "arranged marriage" and for the first time she was able to pick where she wanted to sign. It comes as no surprise, and pleases fans, that she would leave the Sony Music Entertainment group after ups and downs, particularly with former head Clive Davis in which the two publicly feuded over the direction of Clarkson's third record My December. Davis was later removed from the position and Clarkson had gone through two more changes since then. In the video, she also pointed out that it was not the CEOs that made her decision to leave. Instead, Atlantic was eager to work with Clarkson on her future vision including the R&B album. During the Piece by Piece era, she was asked about what her next record would sound like and she revealed that it was already in the works and was an R&B inspired soulful record. That is now coming to fruition. In addition, her contract with 19 Entertainment also was fulfilled and RCA entered into direct negotiations with Clarkson. 19 Entertainment owned all material and licensed it through RCA.
One fan however did indeed guess that she was signing with the label. Members of the largest forum, the Kelly Clarkson Express, are true detectives when it comes to their singer (her musical director Jason Halbert has taken part in the forum and acknowledged the members this week in the live streams).
Along with the news of a new label and forthcoming album, she along with her guitarist Aben Eubanks set up a website where Team KC will release free content for the fans who have been so loyal throughout her career. Today, Clarkson and Co. released four cover songs from the first leg of the Stronger Tour in 2012. She picked Radiohead's "Creep," Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind," India.Arie's "Ready for Love" and Coldplay's "Fix You." Clarkson also released a video of "Tightrope," the tour version, from Indianapolis, IN performed on July 30, 2015. It is the same version that is found on the re-released deluxe version of Piece by Piece which also features the piano version of the title track as performed on tour. She and her team will release material every last Friday of the month.
To get the free downloads in soundboard quality, visit www.kellyclarksonlive.com.