Kelly Clarkson says her next album “is more intense”; BMG said “it’s just too negative”

Kelly Clarkson’s third album, My December, will be released June 26, but although Simon Cowell calls her one of “the top five most important recording artists in the world,” she had to struggle to get this record made, Entertainment Weekly reports in next week’s issue.

That’s because it’s very autobiographical and “not as mainstream,” she tells the magazine. “Some of the songs are not what 10-year-olds are probably going to listen to. But we all go through situations for certain reasons, and I think we should share that. This record is more intense, it’s more raw, it’s more emotional.”

She says her label told her, “‘It’s just too negative.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I’m sorry I’ve inconvenienced you with my life.’ … Even if it does tank — who cares? It’s one album! Out of a whole career of albums I’m going to have, you’re worried about one? I’m not worried about it! And I’m obviously not going to want to put out [shit]. I obviously don’t want to fail. I’m not an idiot.”

She wrote and/or co-wrote the entire album herself, and says there was resistance to that. “Everybody doesn’t like me writing all the time, no matter how many No. 1′s you write. It’s clearly like yelling at a brick wall. I won an [ASCAP] award recently for best song of the year [for 'Because of You']. People just refuse to even look at statistics. I mean, is there something higher than No. 1 now? Have they gone to, like, the negatives? People can’t fathom that someone who is vocally talented could have some kind of writing ability,” she said.

Kelly in Control [Entertainment Weekly]

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