‘American Idol’: ‘A Moment Like This’
After winning the inaugural season of “American Idol”, the Nashville singer debuted her first single, the soulful ballad “A Moment Like This”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two straight weeks after its initial release.
Something To Be ‘Thankful’ For
- Shortly after releasing “A Moment Like This”, Clarkson’s debut album “Thankful” was released in 2003 and skyrocketed to #1 on the charts. This album showcased a soulful, R&B side of Clarkson and showed off her stellar vocals on tracks like “Miss Independent”, “Low” and “Some Kind Of Miracle”.
Time To ‘Breakaway’
After being pegged as just an “American Idol” winner, Clarkson strayed away from the stereotypes and debuted her second studio album, "Breakaway", in 2004, with a more pop-rock tone. Working with producers like Max Martin, David Hodges and John Shanks, Clarkson created a new sound and perfected her vocal performances. With chart topping singles like “Since U Been Gone”, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Walk Away”, this is still her best-selling album to date.
In 2007, Clarkson released her third studio album “My December”, a much darker era for the pop star. Having a heavy rock influence, the album boasted strong singles such as “Never Again” and “Sober”, although it wasn't particularly well received by critics. However, the music told the story of Clarkson’s life at the time of writing the album. As she explained to ET Canada at the time, “I always want to make an album that I can be proud of.”
It’s ‘All I Ever Wanted’
- In 2009, Clarkson released her fourth studio album, “All I Ever Wanted”. She switched up her sound for this album, coming out with smash pop hits like “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “I Do Not Hook Up”. This album was much lighter, but still contained pop-punk, pop-rock influences, as well as soul- and dance-inspired tracks. This album was her second #1 on the Billboard 200 charts and was even nominated for Best Pop Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
Much ‘Stronger’ Now
Debuting her fifth studio album in 2011, “Stronger” strayed a little bit further away from her other albums, focusing more on her vocal performances and using as little auto-tune as possible. Although being a predominantly pop-rock album with songs like “Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)” and “Dark Side”, there were definitely hints of R&B and country amongst the 13-song track list, like “Breaking Your Own Heart” and “Mr. Know It All”.
‘Wrapped In Red’
- Clarkson had a longing to come out with a Christmas album, so in 2013 it was her time to shine with her sixth studio album, “Wrapped In Red”. She co-penned five original songs and produced 11 Christmas classic covers. The album consisted of a variety of genres, ranging from pop to country to jazz, stepping away from the sounds of her previous albums. It became the best-selling Christmas album of the year in the U.S., with her single “Underneath The Tree” being the most-played new Christmas song on the radio.
‘Piece By Piece’
This was Clarkson's final album released under her “American Idol”-winning contract with RCA Records. Although not being able to pen a lot of the songs on the album due to her pregnancy, Clarkson still came out with hit songs like “Heartbeat Song” and “Piece by Piece”. This album was very different in comparison to her previous six albums, consisting of more electronic, electro-pop vibes.
‘Meaning Of Life’
Although we don’t have the full album yet, we’ve already gotten a taste of the new Kelly Clarkson era with the pop/R&B anthem “Love So Soft” and the more soulful “Move You”. Having just released the track list for her eighth studio album, we cannot wait to hear more from “Meaning of Life”, which is set to be released Oct. 27.