OMG! We’re totally freaking out — Kelly Clarkson is getting ready to drop her EIGHTH studio album, and she said it’s going to be full of a ‘good batch of songs,’ stuff that fans of ‘American Idol’ have been wanting to hear from her since she won the competition in 2002. Get all the details here!
“I’m working on my new album now,” Kelly Clarkson, 34, told PEOPLE during an interview at the S.H.E. Summit in New York City. “We are hoping the single will be in April, and then the album in June,” she added. “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.”
As we previously told you, Kelly left her record label of 14 years, RCA, in June, and signed a long-term worldwide deal with Atlantic Records. So it was just a matter of time before she’d release a new album. Kelly described her music’s new sound as “soulful urban pop,” not the “rock pop” we’re familiar with.
“It’s very much my personality,” she said. “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.”
It sounds amazing, but Kelly’s still working on it. “We’re still working on it, but we have a good batch of songs already and I can’t wait to sing them live,” she said. “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.”
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