It's been almost four years since Kelly Clarkson released her last album of original material, but the first American Idol champ now has two ready to go: Piece by Piece, which comes out today, and an untitled country LP, which she says is all but finished. She began working on these while making 2013's Wrapped in Red – a surprisingly ambitious Christmas record that jumped from surf rock to Phil Spector – and enjoyed that experience so much that she kept working with producer Greg Kurstin even after the holiday season ended. "We're very different creatively," she says. "I like singing and songwriting, and he's like Rain Man."
Clarkson discussed the result of their work, her love for dancing and the surprising demo that became "Since U Been Gone."