Clarkson to release a greatest-hits set

Los Angeles Times


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 Nov. 19, and though the track list has yet to be unveiled, the set likely will include Clarkson’s sassy pop-rock anthems that have dominated radio over the past 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 also will include three previously unreleased tracks, including the new single “Catch My Breath,” which will be serviced to radio and digital retailers Tuesday. Clarkson co-wrote the single with Jason Halbert and Eric Olson.

“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,” Clarkson wrote on her website Thursday. “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.”

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