New Kelly Clarkson single due next month

Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:04am EST
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Kelly Clarkson's new single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," will hit U.S. radio outlets January 19. The track will introduce the inaugural "American Idol" champ's fourth, as-yet-untitled studio album, due March 17 from RCA.

The album will be the follow-up to 2007's "My December," which has sold 780,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Clarkson feuded with RCA executive Clive Davis over her desire to write her own material for the album, on the heels of her smash 2004 album "Breakaway," which featured a number of co-writes with experienced songwriters.

A planned arena tour was scrapped just before "My December" came out due to lower-than-expected ticket sales, and was reconfigured for smaller venues a few months later.

Last fall, Clarkson signed with manager Narvel Blackstock, who paired her with his wife, Reba McEntire, for a successful co-headlining tour in early 2008.


<p>Singer Kelly Clarkson performs before the arrival of the Pope at the Papal Youth Rally at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York, April 19, 2008. REUTERS/Erin Siegal</p>