Kelly Clarkson's New Album Could Include An 'Electronic Banger'

Jason Scott
March 12, 2014

Kelly Clarkson is the queen of fist-pumping anthems. Throughout her catalog, the original American Idol has never shied away from digging her heels into good bubblegum pop. From "Since You Been Gone" to her most recent smash hit "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," the powerhouse has been there for us, to comfort our eardrums with boisterous hooks and catchy lyrics. She's become, to many of us, the epitome of a diva.

But, as Clarkson heads into her seventh studio set (the follow-up to 2013's holiday-themed disc Wrapped In Red, she plans to get a little experimental. Her producer Jesse Shatkin reveals in a brand new MuuMuse interview that she has her sights set on sounds that are "a little left-of-center and cool.”

He continues, "One of them is kind of an electronic banger, but it has kind of a haunting melody that I think she was attracted to. She’s really open-minded.”

Open-minded, indeed. Shatkin, who has also worked on Kylie Minogue's new record and a Sia single, also opens up about his early music production career. “I’ve kind of had a couple phases along the way in my career,” he shares with the online magazine. “I started doing hip-hop as a kid. I did rap, but I had a rap crew that I made beats for and everything.”

He goes on to tease one of Clarkson's upcoming cuts. “She actually co-wrote one of the Kelly Clarkson songs," he says of working with MoZella, who co-wrote Miley Cyrus' 2013 smash "Wrecking Ball."

There have also been rumors swirling of Clarkson releasing her first-ever country album, following her single releases of "Don't Rush" (featuring Vince Gill) and "Tie It Up." The latter was a song about her marriage to Brandon Blackstock, who also happens to be Blake Shelton's manager and son of Narvel Blackstock (husband to legend Reba McEntire).

The bar has been set high for Clarkson. Her last full-length release, the Christmas set Wrapped In Red, bowed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest holiday debut for a female artist since 2010. Subsequently, it spawned a chart-topping hit with "Underneath The Tree," topping the Holiday Songs and Mainstream AC charts.

Previously, the singer released five completely pop sets: Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted and Stronger. 10 years into her career, Clarkson has also released a Greatest Hits album. To-date, she has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, and has had 10 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

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