It’s been exactly ten years since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol. Over the past decade, Kelly has churned out some of the greatest pop-rock radio hits known to man, shattered stereotypes, crossed genres, broken industry rules, and established herself as one of the best (if not the best) pop vocalist of the 2000s. She’s the definitive reality TV singing competition superstar, paving the way for the likes of Carrie Underwood, Leona Lewis, Adam Lambert, and every other contestant who has ever used a show like Idol or X Factor as a springboard to global stardom.
Yup, Kelly Clarkson is pretty much better than everyone else in the world, including you and yo’ mama.
To celebrate a decade at the top of the charts, Kelly will release her first greatest hits compilation this November. The artwork for the first single “Catch My Breath” has been unveiled, showing a blonde Clarkson serving up some serious Breakaway realness.
From Kelegend’s official website:
It’s been a decade now since I won American Idol. Sometimes it feels longer because although it has been exciting that was a lot of pressure to have as a 19 year old girl. To own a company, lead an organization as a business woman, and be able to create music I’m proud of has been tough, but inspiring, for me. To celebrate the strength and longevity that my fans, friends, and family have supported me with I wrote this song “Catch my Breath” with one of my best friends that has seen me through everything. This song represents who I’ve been, what I’ve felt, and where I’m headed as not only an artist but as a 30 year old that is now smart enough to know that it’s time to stop, catch my breath, and be proud of not only what has been accomplished but of all the people that have helped me become the woman I am today. The song will be part of my first ever greatest hits (!!) coming in November. Thank you everyone that has been a part of my career and life. Here’s to another decade of passion and fun! I hope you like the song…its coming next week!
Clarkson’s accumulated 73 No. 1s across various Billboard charts during her ten year career, including the Hot 100, club, country, adult contemporary, pop songs, and digital songs charts. Her best of compilation is undoubtedly an essential purchase for any pop lover, and should slot in nicely on your shelf right next to Design of a Decade, The Immaculate Collection, and
Keeps Gettin’ Better My Prerogative.
By the way, I saw Kelly in Melbourne for her Stronger tour on Monday night, and she fucking slayed. She surpassed the majority of her studio vocals and absolutely obliterated “Honestly” during her fan request performance, and it was one of the only pop concerts I’ve ever been to where the entire floor section stayed on their feet for the whole show, even during the ballads.
Praise Kween Kelegend!