Thursday, June 20, 2024

Kelly Clarkson’s Terrible New Album Had No “Chemistry”: Was a Sales Bust Despite Her 24-7 Presence on TV, Media


Kelly Clarkson has a magnificent voice. She shows it off every day on her hit syndicated talk show. These days, Clarkson is also omni present in the media. So you’d think a new album by her would be an out of the box hit.

Alas, Kelly’s “Chemistry” had none. Total sales for the week were just 53,657 according Of that, around 44,000 were downloads and CDs.

But “Chemistry” — a terrible album that has spawned no single hits — finished 5th for the week in its debut.

I’m not surprised. The songs are horrid, unlistenable except the last one with Steve Martin on banjo. The album is just a collection of diatribes about Clarkson’s divorce. They are not well written or clever. Most of them sound the same as the others.

To make things worse, Kelly’s amazing voice sounds like she’s shrieking. It’s the opposite of the powerhouse vocal performance she gives every day on her show. If only she’d just recorded great cover songs.

Again, the album has launched no hit singles. Not one. Radio can’t play this stuff, and fans don’t want it. What happened to the Kelly Clarkson of “Since U Been Gone”? If she’s smart, she’ll put together an album of songs she’s performed on her show for Christmas release.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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