Kelly Clarkson signs worldwide deal with Atlantic Records

Multi-Grammy winning singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson has signed a long-term, worldwide deal with Atlantic Records. Clarkson, who has sold over 25 million albums and 36 million singles worldwide since the launch of her recording career in 2002, is slated to release her first album for Atlantic in 2017. The album will draw from the inspiration of soul and R&B as the foundation of her endearing lyrics and powerhouse vocals.

Every day this week, Clarkson has been teasing her announcement by performing a classic song from the Atlantic catalog on Facebook Live, including Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine,” Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Aretha Franklin’s “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Clarkson into the Atlantic family,” said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman and Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald. “She is one of the greatest artists of our generation, a musical icon with an extraordinary, soul-inspired voice that has captivated millions of fans around the world. We are honored to be partnering with Kelly as she embarks on this exciting new phase of her record-breaking career.”

“We have already started creating a record that I have been wanting to make since I was a little girl, and a record that fans have been asking me to make for years.”

“After winning American Idol there was an arranged marriage that occurred that sometimes worked out and sometimes resulted in the hardest experiences of my life,” commented Kelly Clarkson. “As an artist, American Idol gave me something that was incredible, an audience and a platform before even releasing music. Although I am extremely thankful to the amazing people that I’ve had the chance to work with, I cannot describe the excitement of working with Julie Greenwald, Craig Kallman, and their team at Atlantic Records. The loyalty, innovation, and creativeness that Atlantic Records has been consistently bringing to the music industry is incredibly exciting for any artist to be a part of! We have already started creating a record that I have been wanting to make since I was a little girl, and a record that fans have been asking me to make for years. Here’s to the future!”

It has also been announced that as a gift for her fans, not only will Clarkson release a live version video for “Tightrope” but she has put four fan-requested cover songs on her website that are now available for instant download. Included are her unique takes on Coldplay’s “Fix You,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” Etta James’s “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and India Arie’s “Ready For Love.” In addition, moving forward fans can visit her site on the last Friday of every month to have the opportunity to receive new and exclusive content.


Author: Buddy Iahn

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