There is still no official release date for her fifth studio album, but “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson says she will wrap up recording the last song for her latest CD on Feb. 25. Although that used to not mean all that much (knowing a final recording date) due to post-production, promotion, packaging, and distribution worries, in today’s digital world, it could mean that an album could be seen on the market within a couple months, a single even sooner. But then, that would be discounting her current single with country singer Jason Aldean, which is set to top the county charts. But as it begins to fade on the charts, don’t be surprised to hear a new song from Kelly Clarkson’s upcoming album on the radio.
Kelly Clarkson was on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” recently and, after singing her duet with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” she announced back stage that the single was supposed to be the number one song in the country in about a week.
While they are waiting on the song to top the charts, she continues to work on her new album and post updates on Facebook.
On Feb. 14, she posted: ” PS I record my last song on the 25th of this month and then we will be releasing the album!”
She then threw in some influences: “This album was influenced by Prince, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead and there’s a little bit of a Country vibe/influence on a couple of songs.”
She posted to Facebook right after “Ellen” was taped as well.
“I just performed with Jason Aldean on Ellen,” she wrote, “and had so much fun at the show! I love Ellen, she is one of a kind and just so down to earth and her staff is awesome as well! Jason and I performed our song ‘Don’t you wanna stay’, hope y’all like it!”
The performance was Aldean’s first appearance on “Ellen.” He joked that it was Kelly’s “tenth” (and she admitted that it was a lot and that Ellen was her favorite host — just don’t tell any other hosts, she added conspiratorially).
Kelly Clarkson hopes her new album does as well as her last, “All I Ever Wanted,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on the back of her #1 hit single, “My Life Would Suck Without You.” That album is closing in on 1 million copies sold (U.S. only, according to “Idol Chatter”). Of course, she would probably be happier if it performed as well as her first album, 2003’s “Thankful,” which has sold nearly 3 million copies, or even “Breakaway,” which has sold over 6 million copies since its release in 2004.
“Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson Banter Backstage,” ellen.warnerbros.com
Brian Mansfield, “Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean sing for Ellen,” USAToday.com