Looks like Kelly is back, to version 1.0 anyway. After going rogue during the making of her third album My December and breaking away from her turbulent relationship with the godfather of ballad pop, Clive Davis, Kelly Clarkson has apparently recommitted to playing it safe, so she can move out of her brother's couch.
Clarkson went all Evanescence in album #3, My December.
Never heard of My December? Nobody did. Clarkson followed the Mariah Carey's 8 Steps to Plunging from Fame in 8 Months:
1. Record my own song, the way I wrote it at age 16 (after Billy dumped me in Homemake, again), even if there is not really a chorus, and the track is 10 minutes long. The voices in my head tell me it's a good!
2. If producer objects, flip him the bird.
3. If record label objects, flip them the bird. I've already spent the advance anyway.
4. Bad mouth record label. I won't be squeezed into the Britney Spears mold. I'm too big!
5. If fans object, bad mouth them too.
6. Cancel tour.
7. Fire manager.
8. Re-sign. Rinse and repeat.
Mariah Carey's Glitter medley. Fast forward to 1:10 for one of the highlights. Don't know what Glitter is? Be thankful.
Homegirl, what was you thinkin'?!
Kelly Clarkson premiered her "new" single "My Life Would Suck Without You" on New York's Z100 radio station this morning. This is not a SNL parody of "Since U Been Gone" co-written by Mango. It's an actual song, and in fact written and produced by the same team of Dr. Luke and Max Martin who dreamed up "Since U Been Gone", whose saccharine repertoire include Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl."
Today's "surprise" debut coincides with FOX's season premiere of "American Idol". And new "Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi just happens to have written a few hits for Clarkson, such as "Walk Away," from the singer's smash 2004 album, Breakaway.
Kara DioGuardi, prolific songwriter/producer and rumored Paula Abdul replacement.
Clarkson's fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, is due out on March 17.
Clarkson's first album Thankful featured winning tracks such as "The Trouble With Love Is" (featured in Love, Actually), "Miss Independent", and "A Moment Like This", the only memorable song sung by an Idol contestant after being announced the winner.
Clarkson's second album Breakaway featured solid gold hits such as "Breakaway", "Since U Been Gone", "Behind These Hazel Eyes", "Because Of You", "Walk Away" and "Addicted", which had 8-year-olds howling ominous verses like “It’s like you’re a drug. It’s like you’re like a demon I can’t face down”.