Kelly Clarkson stayed ahead of the leakers by premiering new track “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” last night on her official website. The track, which partially shares its name with the title of her upcoming album, “Stronger,” is a return to the feisty, rock-pop belter we know Clarkson to be — with a synth to boot. Listen below.
To accompany the track, Clarkson wrote on her site: “Hey ya’ll – I heard that some versions of “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” started showing up online. My new album ‘Stronger’ is out in 3 weeks (Oct 24) and I want you to hear the real thing! Check it out!”
“Stronger” sees the powerhouse back in her comfort zone, specifically when it comes to her confident lyrics (“Think you left me broken down? Think that I’ll come running back? / Baby you don’t know me, ’cause you’re dead wrong”). While electronic elements make a splash on the verses and bridge, the chorus remains classic Clarkson, with the repetitive “Stronger” hook begging to yelled by concertgoers. The track is a sonic departure from first single “Mr. Know It All,” and may give an indication of the range of material on “Stronger.”
Clarkson’s week of release will include two appearances on the “Today” show (Oct. 25 and 27), as well as “The View” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
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