Release Date: June (tentative)
Newly signed to Atlantic after a decade-plus with RCA, Kelly Clarkson's followup to 2015's Piece by Piece will allow the singer to pursue one of the genres she handled with aplomb during her run-up to being the inaugural American Idol: R&B. "Everybody's been asking me to make a soulful record for years and while we've always had soulful influences on my record, we've never actually made a soulful record," Clarkson said during a June Facebook Live chat. "I've wanted to make this since I was a kid. My mom has wanted this for years – this is for my mom, too." According to People, Clarkson will release the first single from the project in April, and the album will follow two months later. "I think it's very much what people expected from me off of watching me on Idol," Clarkson told the magazine. "I sang all these Aretha [Franklin] things, I love Tina [Turner], I love Mariah [Carey], I love Whitney [Houston]. I think it's very much what people expected in the first place. I love all my stuff that I've done, but this is the record that has been in me since junior high."