Kelly Clarkson Already Planning Next Album, Hopes To Have It Out In 2016

Earlier today, Kelly did a twitter takeover of Cricket Wireless’s account and answered fans’ various questions. During it all, Kelly revealed some interesting tidbits of info about her next album. Apparently she is hoping to release a new album by the end of next year! She’s also still trying to figure out what she wants album #7 to sound like.

If Kelly does have the new album out by next year, that would be the fastest turnaround between albums since All I Ever Wanted came out just 21 months after My December. But the shortest gap between album is still the 19 months between Thankful and Breakaway.

Regarding the next album’s sound, there are a few important details to note. First and foremost is that her 6-album contract with RCA is now finally fulfilled now that Piece By Piece is out. Kelly’s dissatisfaction with the label is no secret, especially in regards to how they mishandled My December and pushed her to do All I Ever Wanted. She has mentioned having very limited creative freedom. However, the last few eras have been better. Kelly was especially happy that she got to make a holiday album, Wrapped In Red. It’s unclear whether she’ll stay with RCA (albeit with different terms), or whether she’ll sign with another label.

Another important plan to keep in mind is Kelly’s repeated intention of releasing a country album. She’s been saying it for years, and even released “Tie It Up” as the lead single of a still-unreleased country album. She mentioned the country record again when Piece By Piece came out, but also expressed a desire to do an R&B album. A few years ago, Billboard also reported that she planned to do a Broadway album. (She did join Josh Groban in releasing “All I Ask Of You” from Phantom Of The Opera.)

Whether Kelly chooses country, R&B, her usual pop rock, or something else, it won’t be much surprise to her fans.

It’s unlikely Kelly’s next album will be ready within the next year, especially since she apparently hasn’t decided its musical direction yet. 2017 may be a safer bet. But Kelly is full of surprises.

Kelly is currently pregnant with her second child. Her daughter River Rose was born in June 2014. Her current single, “Piece By Piece,” features River Rose in the music video. Earlier this year Kelly released “Heartbeat Song” and “Invincible.”

Keep checking back here for all the latest Kelly Clarkson music news.

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