WATCH "MOVE YOU (NASHVILLE SESSIONS)" – https://youtu.be/_Pom2EYv3NM
PRE-ORDER/STREAM "MEANING OF LIFE" – https://Atlantic.lnk.to/MeaningOfLifePR
Atlantic recording artist Kelly Clarkson has unveiled full details of her hugely anticipated label debut album. "MEANING OF LIFE" arrives everywhere on Friday, October 27th.
"MEANING OF LIFE" is available for pre-order now, accompanied by instant grat downloads of "Move You" and the album's first single, "Love So Soft." Both tracks are also available at all digital music retailers and streaming services. "Love So Soft" is joined by an epic companion video, directed by Dave Meyers (Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott) (link). What's more, "MEANING OF LIFE" is heralded by the premiere today of a beautiful performance video of "Move You" which was filmed at Nashville's famed War Memorial Auditorium (link).
"MEANING OF LIFE" is the album Kelly Clarkson was destined to make with Atlantic Records, a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label's classic canon. For her eighth studio album – and follow-up to 2015's chart-topping "PIECE BY PIECE" – the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter united a stellar team of top songwriters and producers to collaborate on her Atlantic debut, among them past collaborators Jason Halbert, Jesse Shatkin and GRAMMY® Award-winning "Producer of the Year" Greg Kurstin as well as first time associates Mick Schultz, The Monarch, and Nick Ruth, among others. As if that weren't enough, Clarkson is joined by members of the legendary Earth Wind & Fire on one of the album favorites "Whole Lotta Woman" (see attached track listing).
"Love So Soft" has quickly earned praise as one on the year's finest singles, with TIME declaring it "a soulful urban pop track" and adding, "'Love So Soft' sees Clarkson doing what she does best: serving up powerful, seemingly effortless vocals over a catchy tune. After dabbling in rock and country, it's nice to see Clarkson dig into the rich potential of this particular vein of jazzy R&B." "Her voice is as big as ever," wrote the New York Times while Billboard noted, "If 'Love So Soft' is any indication, Kelly Clarkson's Atlantic Records debut, 'MEANING OF LIFE,' is going to be massive." "'Love So Soft' makes familiar hallmarks of current pop Clarkson's own," raved NPR, "from the emphasis on percussion over melodies and a chorus that's — in a surprising move for Clarkson — more chanted than belted...few others have (Clarkson's) easy confidence and her vocal ability, flaunted to the full on the bridge and final chorus." "Love So Soft" is a "genre-bending soul-trap anthem" according to SPIN, while Refinery 29 decreed, "Clarkson's new song sounds like freedom."
Clarkson – who recently graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly's popular "Fall Music Preview" (read here) – has celebrated "MEANING OF LIFE" with live performances including NBC's TODAY Show Citi Concert Series (watch) and last week's highly rated season finale of America's Got Talent (watch). Additional TV appearances will be announced soon. Clarkson will also return to NBC next year in her role as coach on the eagerly awaited new season of The Voice, set to premiere in February 2018.
Kelly Clarkson is among the most popular artists of this or any other era, with over 100 #1 Billboard singles and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of American Idol's inaugural season. Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This," followed and quickly went to #1 on Billboard's "Hot 100," ultimately ranking as the year's best-selling single in the U.S. "THANKFUL," Clarkson's 2003 debut album, made its debut atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200 on its way to 2x platinum certification from the RIAA.
"BREAKAWAY" arrived in 2004 and truly affirmed Clarkson as a major pop force via such blockbuster singles as "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Since U Been Gone," the latter of course a chart-topping worldwide #1 smash as well as a 2x platinum certified GRAMMY® Award-winner for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance." The album remains Clarkson's most successful to date, currently certified 6x platinum by the RIAA for sales exceeding 6 million. "BREAKAWAY" has been followed by a series of platinum and gold certified album releases, including 2007's platinum certified "MY DECEMBER," 2009's "ALL I EVER WANTED," 2011's platinum certified –GRAMMY® Award-winning – "STRONGER," 2013's platinum certified Christmas album, "WRAPPED IN RED," and 2015's "PIECE BY PIECE."
Clarkson is without doubt one of pop's top singles artists, with 17 single releases now boasting multi-platinum, platinum, and gold certifications around the world, including such global favorites as "Miss Independent," "Because Of You," "Mr. Know It All," "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," "Heartbeat Song," and "My Life Would Suck Without You," the last of which holds the Billboard"Hot 100" record for the biggest chart leap in a single week, from #97 all the way to #1.
One of the most honored artists in music history, Clarkson has received a truly stunning array of awards and nominations, among them three GRAMMY® Awards including two for "Best Pop Vocal Album" – the first artist to ever twice win that award. In addition, Clarkson has won 12 Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and one Country Music Association Award. The first artist to top each of Billboard's pop, adult contemporary, country, and dance charts, Clarkson has made countless TV appearances, including performances during the 14th season of American Idol – the first ever week of competition dedicated to a previous winner's discography.
Alongside her incredible musical career, Clarkson has ventured into a variety of film and television projects, including a memorable turn as musical legend Brenda Lee on NBC's 2003 series, American Dreams. As if all that weren't enough, Clarkson made her literary debut in 2016 with the best-selling children's book, River Rose And The Magical Lullaby (HarperCollins). This year will see the release of Clarkson's follow-up, River Rose And The Magical Christmas, to be published October 24th by HarperCollins.
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