By James Dinh
Kelly Clarkson has been robbed — musically, that is. Back in March, the original “American Idol” announced the delay of her fifth studio album, which we now know as Stronger, and ever since, fans have been patiently awaiting new material, official word and the smallest of tid bits on the pop star’s looming musical comeback. Yet, they sure must have felt overwhelmed when a string of new Clarkson tracks hit the blogosphere earlier this summer.
While it may have appeased her hungry (and possibly starving) fans’ appetites, Ms. Independent obviously wasn’t too happy. “Oh my God, have you ever been robbed? I have. I’ve been physically robbed a couple of times, but this is much worse,” she recently told Entertainment Weekly. “There are songs out there that are from eight or 10 years ago … People are always asking me to write for other artists. They’re awesome songs, [but] they’re just not songs I would normally sing.”
Even though some of the tunes were intended for others, Clarkson had an issue with the public perception that some of leaked material might be the direction for her own album, saying, “I think what made me mad was that: 1) People stole from me, and 2): Everybody had no idea what my next album was going to sound like. That really caused a lot of confusion.”
Fans of the songstress should have no fear though, as the singer admits that a couple of the tracks that surfaced online will indeed appear on Stronger, dropping October 25. With exactly two weeks left until the LP’s lead single, “Mr. Know It All,” hits radio airwaves, the MTV Newsroom has decided to a look at some of our favorite leaked songs from the big-voiced singer (with hope that they make the final cut).
“Let Me Down”
With hits like “Since U Been Gone” and “Never Again,” it’s clear that nobody makes a better angsty pop-rock love song than Kelly Clarkson. “Let Me Down” is no exception. On this tune, which leaked in early July, the songstress passionately sings out her frustration about a lover, who, well, lets her down. “I pretend that things aren’t so bad / That what you say will actually happen / I’ve been dying to open my eyes / See you try instead of always leaving me out to dry,” she sings.
“Breaking Your Own Heart”
Collaborations with Reba McEntire and Jason Aldean have clearly had an influence on our Kelly, as noted on the country-tinged “Breaking Your Own Heart,” and frankly, we like it. Without stressing her soaring pipes (for most of the song), the songstress offers her affection and support to a lover, who is closing himself off from her.
“What Doesn’t Kill You”
Like Beyoncé, Kelly likes to incorporate mathematics into her songs. Reportedly produced by hitmaker Toby Gad (Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Dry,” Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper”), the “Idol” alum takes reign of a bad romance by confronting a distrustful boyfriend. “You can stop wasting my time / Without you I’m just fine / Why did it take me so long to figure it out / Dumb plus dumb equals you, equals you,” she sings.
On “Dark Side,” Kelly ventures away from her sometimes predictable scorned woman stomping grounds and closer toward her vulnerable side as she questions whether her lover will stick around even through the bad times.
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