Update on Kelly Clarkson

(C/w will mean cowriter, cowritten, cowrote, etc... for the duration of this article and this blog. Thanks!)
Recently, I wrote (quite excitedly) about Kelly Clarkson's latest single (due out in August in the U.S.) "Already Gone". Well, according to an interview Kelly did with CBC Radio, Kelly actually asked her label NOT to release "Already Gone" as a single.
The problem? It sounds too much like "Halo". Why does it sound so much like "Halo"? According to Clarkson, it has everything to do with c/w and producer Ryan Tedder.

“Ryan and I met each other at the record label, before he was working with
anyone else,” Clarkson begins, gritting her teeth. “He’s from Oklahoma, I’m
Texas; we got along really well and had some of the same influences. We
wrote about six songs together, four or five of them made the album. It was all
fine and dandy. I’d never heard of a song called Halo. Her album came out when
my album was already being printed. No-one’s gonna be sittin’ at home, thinking
‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyonce and Kelly the same track to
write to.’ No,
they’re just gonna be saying I ripped someone off. I called Ryan and said, ‘I
don’t understand. Why would you do that?’”

Clarkson also said, now that the album is out, the label can do whatever they want with it.
I'm sorry you're not happy about this, Kelly. I personally LOVE this song. Maybe you can convince them to release the acoustic version. Alas, though, it's probably already gone to print.

James Taylor, Jr.

UPDATE: Official Music Video

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