In just two days, Kelly Clarkson will release her new single, “I Dare You.” Following a couple of lyric teases in the last few days, Kelly has now shared a short preview of the song! It sounds epic, and has similar production to Kelly’s 2015 album, Piece By Piece. Some may hear similarities to her Stronger single “Dark Side,” too. In the chorus, there are some country or folk-rock elements, but they’re subtle. It’ll be exciting to hear how it all comes together.
Kelly shared some lyric teasers recently, including both of the following:
You may not have the stage
But you still have a voice
We’re all full of hope
Trying to stay afloat
Trying to save one another
In the new preview, we can hear more of the song. We took a stab at deciphering the lyrics:
Even if you can’t know
I dare you to love, whoa
Even if you’re hurting
You can notice me (even if you notice)
Even if you think it’s not enough (oh, oh, oh)
I, I dare you, I dare you
Hear the short preview of “I Dare You” below:
It’s still not clear if “I Dare You” is a standalone single or the lead single for Kelly’s next album. While her upcoming eighth studio album doesn’t seem to be done yet, we’re also not sure how far from completion it is. Hopefully by the end of this week we’ll know more.
“I Dare You” is more than just a standard Kelly Clarkson single; it also comes with five multi-language duets. In addition to the solo version of the song – sung in English by Kelly alone – we’ll also get five more versions of it, each a duet with another artist sung in another language. All in all, there will be six versions of the single:
- “I Dare You”
- “I Dare You (كنتحداك)” [feat. Faouzia] — Arabic
- “I Dare You (Te Reto A Amar)” [feat. Blas Cantó] — Spanish
- “I Dare You (Appelle Ton Amour)” [feat. Zaz] — French
- “I Dare You (Trau Dich)” [feat. Glasperlenspiel] — German
- “I Dare You (בוא נראה)” [feat. Maya Buskila] — Hebrew
In a Hebrew-language article from YNet, it stated that Kelly recorded a Hebrew version of “I Dare You” with the Israeli singer Maya Bouskilla. Lev Group Media Company reportedly connected Kelly and Maya. Noam Horev translated the song into Hebrew, and Kelly then learned those lyrics and sang in Hebrew. Kelly and Maya recorded their parts separately at studios in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv, respectively.
If Kelly learned the song in Hebrew for her version with Maya, it is likely that she also learned the song in Arabic, Spanish, French, and German as well. Ambitious and impressive!
More About “I Dare You”
Kelly initially confirmed “I Dare You” in a short clip from The Kelly Clarkson Show which aired at the end of February. The song was written by Ben West, Jesse Shatkin, Laura Jean Veltz, and Natalie Hemby. That’s an impressive lineup, and indeed, Kelly has described the new song as one of her favorites she’s ever recorded. As she told POPSUGAR in November:
I haven’t had enough time to do a full album, but this song is so powerful. It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever been the vessel for. I love the songwriter, I love the message. It’s all-encompassing and really magical. It’s about inclusivity, connecting with people, taking that higher road, and being the best version of yourself.
Kelly also recently described the song to Billboard, saying it’s “one of my favorite songs I’ll probably ever do in my career.” She continued:
It’s a beautifully written song and one of my favorite writers in the world wrote it. It’s kind of all of these worlds colliding and … the whole experience has been amazing and hopefully our whole idea for the song pans out. I’ve never done anything like this in my career. All of what I’m saying isn’t making sense until you actually know what’s happening, so I’m sorry for the weirdness. But you’ll know by the time it comes out, like,”OK, she’s not weird. It does make sense.” It’s a new way. I’ve never really done anything like it.
The quote sounded weird before, but now that we know about the multi-language duets, it all makes a lot more sense.
Kelly has candidly revealed that her next album is not ready yet. That’s understandable, considering how busy she is nowadays, but we hope that by this December it’ll be a highlight of 2020 albums. Last year, Kelly stated the next album will sounds like a mixture of Breakaway, Stronger, and Meaning Of Life. That’s an A+ list, if we do say so ourselves.
Enjoy the new preview of “I Dare You,” and get ready to hear the rest of the song – and the multi-language duet versions – in just two days! We can also look forward to Kelly’s upcoming 8th studio album – there will surely be more information about it in the coming months. At this point, we expect to get the full album sometime in late summer or fall 2020. For now, keep checking back here for all the latest Kelly Clarkson music news.