RCA Records recording artist Kelly Clarkson
is back and raring to rock. My December
, her third album, the follow-up to 2004's Breakaway
, which sold 6 million in the U.S. and 10 million worldwide, will be released on July 24.
The first single from the album, "Never Again," has already climbed into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 following in the footsteps of such #1 hits as "Since U Been Gone," "Breakaway," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," "Because of You" and "Walk Away."
Produced by Grammy winner David Kahne, My December
is Clarkson's most personal album yet, all of which she's either written or co-written. L.A. punk legend and bassist Mike Watt appears on three songs, while Clarkson's other touring band members, Jason Halbert and Jimmy Messer, also contributed.
Whether it's the funky new wave of "One Minute," the startlingly confessional "Sober," the meditative, soulful Christine McVie
-style strains of "Be Still," the bluesy Joplinesque twang of the cheeky, kiss-off song, "Chivas," the blues hard-rock of "Hole" or the full-throttle Pat Benatar
howl of "Haunting," My December shows another side of Kelly Clarkson, who told the L.A. Times
: "I'll always come out with a different record each time."
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