We knew Kelly Clarkson was creatively inspired when she revealed that she’s written over 60 new songs since filing for divorce last June. Now we have more exciting news: Her upcoming 8th studio album will feature a tracklist almost entirely made up of songs she co-wrote. In a new interview, Kelly revealed that she wrote every song on the forthcoming album… with the exception of one.
During a chat with Hoda and Jenna on The Today Show, Kelly said that, in contrast to most of her albums, she wasn’t accepting songs written by others this time. Usually her tracklists are about 50% songs the she wrote and 50% songs she didn’t write. Only My December features a tracklist made up entirely of songs Kelly wrote. But this time, Kelly had a lot to say and has crafted a very personal album. The only song she recorded but didn’t write on is one from her first The Voice winner, Brynn Cartelli.
Kelly doesn’t seem to be completely done with her album yet, so this could change by the time we hear it. But as of now, Kelly’s only recorded two songs written by others: Brynn’s, which will appear on Kelly’s album, and her duet with Jake Hoot, “I Would’ve Loved You.”
Watch Kelly’s interview interview clip below. She talks about her upcoming album in the final minute of it:
“I Dare You” & A Mystery Duet
Last April, Kelly released her single “I Dare You” – in five languages. The solo version is in English, but Kelly also did five duets, each in a different language. She sings it in Spanish with Blas Cantó, in French with Zaz, in German with Glasperlenspiel, in Arabic with Faouzia, and in Hebrew with Maya Buskila.
Kelly revealed that releasing a song with multi-language duets had been a goal of hers for many years. Kelly began this project in 2019, and though it was a lot of work, it was worth the time and effort!
In May, Kelly also talked about some other songs she’d recorded, including a mystery duet:
I already have several songs – MANY songs – for the album recorded. And I actually just recorded a duet that I wish I could talk about. But I can’t yet. It’s so good! I happened to sing with this person within the last six months, and we love singing together so much. It was so cool how our voices just sounded together. And I was just like “Ahh!” So my label found this perfect song, and we just recorded it.
I think it might be the next single we release, but I’m not sure, but it’s definitely on the next album coming out.
Kelly wouldn’t reveal who the mystery duet partner was or where they had recently sung together. It had to stay a secret for the time being! She continued to describe the song, first saying, “It’s kind of a different flow as a duet as well”; Kelly also said that, stylistically, it could have fit in on her last album, Meaning Of Life. Other songs harken back to albums like Breakaway and Stronger.
A New Direction… & New Tracklist!
At this point, it seems that “I Dare You,” the mystery duet, and many other songs Kelly had recorded prior to last June will not be on the new album. Similarly, it’s unlikely that the record will still sound like a mixture of Breakaway, Stronger, and Meaning Of Life. Since Kelly is pouring her emotions and personal experience -– especially her divorce –- into the music, this may turn out to be a very different album from what she’d started. With a tracklist made up almost entirely of some of Kelly’s 60 newly written songs, the vibes we’re expecting are more along the lines of My December (our favorite Kelly album!)… but we shall see.
The only songs we do expect to hear are “Rock Hudson,” which Kelly mentioned last December, and the unnamed song Brynn gave her.
Recent Holiday Songs & Collaborations
Beyond her upcoming album, Kelly has also kept in good cheer this past holiday season with a pair of festive songs. She teamed up with country singer Brett Eldredge for their new song “Under The Mistletoe.” Kelly also covered the seasonal country classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
In January, Kelly and her season 17 winner of the The Voice, Jake Hoot, teamed up for the country ballad, “I Would’ve Loved You.”
We’re thrilled that Kelly wrote nearly every song on her new album, and we’re sure her upcoming record will be her best yet. Keep checking back here for more information on Kelly’s upcoming 8th studio album — expected out by the end of 2021 — and all the latest Kelly Clarkson music news.