Kelly Clarkson to release retrospective

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Old 05-Oct-2012
Kelly Clarkson to release retrospective

A decade after being crowned the inaugural American Idol champion, Kelly Clarkson has announced that she will issue her first career retrospective.

Greatest Hits Chapter 1 will be released November 19, and though the track list has yet to be unveiled, the set will likely include Clarksons sassy pop-rock anthems that have dominated radio over the last decade, including Miss Independent, Since U Been Gone and My Life Would Suck Without You, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009.

The compilation will also include three previously unreleased tracks, including the new single Catch My Breath, which will be serviced to radio and digital retailers on Tuesday. Clarkson co-wrote the single with Jason Halbert and Eric Olson.

Its 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, Clarkson wrote on her website Thursday. To own a company, lead an organisation as a business woman, and be able to create music Im 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 Ive been, what Ive felt, and where Im headed as not only an artist but as a 30 year old that is now smart enough to know that its 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.

Since winning Idol in 2002, the singer has achieved platinum success and fought to be heard her clash with legendary music mogul Clive Davis, over her darker, rock-driven 2007 album, My December, became infamous. The spat was quickly forgotten when she released All I Ever Wanted in 2009, which featured the massive hit My Life Would Suck Without You.

When the Los Angeles Times profiled Clarkson last year ahead of her latest album, Stronger, she admitted the disc was the first shed released without having to battle label brass. The records empowering title track became her third single to hit No 1.

Ive just been doing this for ten years, and looking back, the past four albums were kind of ... everybody going against the grain on each other, she said. This album, Im getting along with everyone, everyone is loving the same stuff and the stars are aligning. I think its because people know me better as an artiste now. Producers and writers know me more. I'm not walking into a room and they dont know a thing about me.

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