One day you’re hot and the next your not.
That’s the story so often with musicians in today’s industry, who constantly have to fight to find relevance on radio’s fickle playlists. Though nothing has been farther from reality for Kelly Clarkson, who began delivering her anthemic pop hits over a decade ago after winning the first season of American Idol. Following her wildly successful Stronger record in 2011, the singer took some well-deserved time off to marry Brandon Blackstock, son of her manager Narvel and manager to Blake Shelton, and give birth to her daughter River Rose. During the time off though, Kelly released a Greatest Hits compilation which included new singles “Catch My Breath” and “People Like Us,” landed a spot on the impressive CMA Fest lineup and dropped the full length Christmas album Wrapped In Red in 2013.
This morning, Clarkson officially makes her return to music with the release of “Heartbeat Song”. Re-teaming with the mastermind behind the massive single “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” Greg Kurstin, the song combines the driving tempo of their previous effort and a soft, yet warm heartedness of her “Catch My Breath”. With the fresh melody and easy lyrics layered over the synthetic drums and racing guitar, “Heartbeat Song” lands Kelly Clarkson another surefire pop hit.
After the longest break between standard studio albums, Clarkson coincidentally sings “been so long I forgot how to turn it up, up, up” in the catchy chorus, but ironically illustrates the that she’s not forgotten how to flawlessly deliver a vocal hook that makes her one of the best in biz. “Heartbeat Song” is the first single from the singer’s seventh studio album entitled Piece By Piece, which drops March 3rd.
Stream Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song” below and buy it on iTunes now.
Like what you hear? Wishing for something different from Kelly Clarkson? Weigh in below in the comments section. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new effort by America’s first Idol.