Kelly Clarkson Explains Why ‘Chemistry’ Is the Perfect Title For Her New Album

Clarkson announced her tenth studio album, but has yet to reveal a release date for the project.


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Posted on March 26, 2023

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Kelly Clarkson has officially announced details of her highly-anticipated post-divorce album, Chemistry.

On Sunday (Mar. 26), the Emmy-award winning talk show host and chart-topping singer took to social media to share the exciting news with her fans.

“I’ve been working on this project for close to three years now. I wasn’t sure I was going to release it, but I am. The album is called Chemistry,” Clarkson began in the clip, revealing the title of her forthcoming tenth studio album.

“I was trying to find a word, it might be one of the songs on the album, but I was trying to find a word that really described the whole thing,” she continued. “I didn’t want everybody to think I was just coming out with some ‘I’m angry,’ ‘I’m sad’ — just one or two emotions. This album is definitely the arc of an entire relationship.”

Why Did Kelly Clarkson Name Her New Album, Chemistry?

The Kelly Clarkson Show host then went on to explain the meaning behind her new album title.

“That whole relationship shouldn’t be brought down to one thing. There’s the good, the bad and the ugly kind of thing going on. Chemistry can be a really amazing, sexy, cool, fun thing, but it can also be very bad for you. So that’s why I named it Chemistry, I thought it was the perfect title to describe the entire album,” she explained.

While Clarkson didn’t share a release date for Chemistry, she did tease that it’s “coming out soon” and assured fans that new music from the project is “coming out even sooner.”

“And when I say soon, I mean really soon,” Clarkson said, promising that new music is on the horizon. “I’m nervous, but I’m excited about putting it out. It’s coming!”

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBC
Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBC

Her “Most Personal” Album To Date

Kelly Clarkson previously opened up about her new album during a recent interview with Access Daily‘s Mario Lopez and Kit Hoover.

“This is my most personal record,” Clarkson said. “And it’s not all bad – like, there is heartbreak in it, and there is sadness in it, definitely, but there’s also the whole arc of a relationship. I had to get through it to even talk about it, so I don’t break down in an interview and cry about it – so I’m there now.”

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Songwriting Has Been Helpful For Clarkson’s Healing Journey Amid Divorce

In another interview with Variety, Clarkson admitted that writing music has been very helpful for her healing journey amid divorce from her ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock.

“This is an important album. I’m working on this in therapy: I have a hard time vocalizing what I’m feeling sometimes, so music is helpful for me. It’s just been really healing,” she told the outlet.

“When my ex and I first separated, there were many emotions. It was hard. I hadn’t really been working hardcore on an album until I needed to. I was just very busy. There were so many jobs, and I’m a single mom — well, even with being married, it’s a lot, trying to fit kids’ schedules in and all that stuff. But then the whole divorce thing happened, and I needed to write it.”

“My producer and I were laughing yesterday because I was like, ‘Remember that time we wrote, like, 25 songs in a week?’ A lot of those are the ones that are on the album. I literally wrote most of these almost two years ago,” she continued. “Then I told my label, ‘I can’t talk about this until I’ve gone through it,’ and it’s just taken some time to do that.”

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She also vowed that her new album cover art will feature a completely untouched photos of her.

“You’re gonna want [the new album] on a vinyl just for the picture alone… that’s incredible and that’s not photoshopped,” Clarkson told PEOPLE.

Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy of 'The Kelly Clarkson Show'
Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy of ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

Kelly Clarkson Will Perform At The 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Additionally, Clarkson is scheduled to perform at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Monday, March 27, however it’s unknown what she will be performing at the coveted awards show. Could she be debuting a brand-new song at the show? It seems it could be very likely, although it is unconfirmed.

Hosted by Lenny Kravitz, the tenth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards airs live from Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, March 27, on FOX at 8/7c. The event will also be streamed on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app.

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