Kelly Clarkson is still our Idol.
Fifteen years after winning the competition that made her a star, the singer covers EW’s Fall Music Preview issue and gives an exclusive first look at the making of her new album, Meaning of Life, out Oct. 27.
“This is a grown-ass woman’s record,” she tells EW. “This isn’t a record I could have made at the age of 20. This is a record you make when you’ve lived.”
Departing from the pop-rock sound that’s helped her sell more than 25 million albums worldwide, the LP is one she’s wanted to make since junior high: a soulful urban pop record that imagines what kind of album Aretha Franklin or Whitney Houston might make today. (Hear for yourself: She just released the album’s lead single, “Love So Soft,” as well as the album track “Move You.”) Meaning of Life is also the singer’s first album for Atlantic Records, which she joined last summer after an often tumultuous stint at RCA Records that began some very public career battles.
“People make fun of that show Nashville,” she says, “and I’m like, ‘The industry can be so much worse!’ It can be so hard to find the light sometimes.”
In the issue, Clarkson takes readers into the studio and into her Nashville-area home to detail the album’s inspirations, how her family life shapes her creative process, and why she decided to shut down a fat-shaming troll with the tweet heard ‘round the world this past summer. She also opens up about why she decided to join The Voice just as American Idol is about to make its return to television — and what it’ll take for contestants to succeed.
“A lot of people that I know, especially from Idol, don’t necessarily want to be singers or artists; they just want to be famous,” she says. “That is not going to bring you happiness. And a lot of it falls through the cracks because people make decisions based on what they think will make them famous instead of what will be good for them. I don’t really care about being famous … I’m not trying to impress anyone. I’m just me, and if you like that, cool. If you don’t, that’s totally cool too.”
But that’s not all! EW’s Fall Music Preview issue also includes a guide to more than 25 of the season’s biggest albums, featuring interviews with St. Vincent, Demi Lovato, Pink, Walk the Moon, Wiz Khalifa, Mavis Staples, Fergie, and more.
I’ve added a couple more photos from the Meaning of Life promotional shoot. Check them out in the gallery.
I’ve added a bunch of new (old) photos to the gallery mainly in our Photo Session area. I also replaced many low quality images with better quality ones. Enjoy them they are lovely.
Kelly will be releasing her new single this week on September 7th. She will then be a co-host on the Today Show on September 8th. A busy week for our favorite singer!
2015 Photo Sessions
2014 Photo Sessions
2013 Photo Sessions
2012 Photo Sessions
2009 Photo Sessions
2007 Photo Sessions
2006 Photo Sessions
2005 Photo Sessions
2003 Photo Sessions
Unsorted Photo Sessions
Duets: Promotional Graphics
Duets: Episode 1×01 – Stills
Duets: Episode 1×02 – Stills
Duets: Episode 1×05 – Stills
American Dreams: Episode 2×01 – Stills
American Idol: May 23 – Stills
American Idol: February 12 – Stills
2013: Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock Wedding
From Justin to Kelly – Behind the Scenes
Working Class > Behind the Scenes – (10/20/10)
Kelly in her High School’s Yearbooks
Kelly’s Official Website
I’ve add a bunch of missing photos of Kelly from events and appearances she made in 2003. Enjoy.
2003: December 11 – Z100’s Jingle Ball
2003: December 10 – Billboard Music Awards
2003: November 16 – “Love Actually” London Premiere
2003: November 06 – “Love Actually” New York Premiere
2003: August 28 – MTV Video Music Awards
2003: August 02 – Teen Choice Awards
2003: May 15 – FOX Upfronts After Party
2003: April 12 – Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards
2003: February 22 – Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party
I’ve started adding missing older photos to the gallery and will be doing so in the coming months. Enjoy!
2016: October 04 – Extra – additions
2011: November 02 – WDR2 Radio in Germany
2003: August 26 – Candies Unveil in New York
2002: September 04 – “American Idol” Season 1 Finale Results Show – additions
2002: September 03 – “American Idol” Season 1 Finale – additions
2002: August 29 – MTV Video Music Awards – additions
2002: August 10 – “Swimfan” Los Angeles Premiere – additions
2002: Unknown Event #1
The Voice: Episode 2×07 – Stills
The Voice: Episode 2×06 – Stills
The Crazy Ones – Stills
The Crazy Ones – Behind the Scenes
From Justin to Kelly – Behind the Scenes