Superstar Kelly Clarkson’s 4th album All I Ever Wanted debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with 254,671 albums sold and #1 on the Digital Album Chart. This marks Kelly’s first #1 album since her debut in 2002 and all four of Kelly’s albums have debuted in the Top 3.
Clarkson’s hit single “My Life Would Suck Without You” has already sold over 1 million units in the U.S. alone and dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart coming in at #1 for two weeks in a row. Earlier this month the song catapulted from the #97 position to the #1 spot on the Hot 100 chart, breaking the previous record. The single’s jump also marked the largest leap to #1 in the chart’s 50-year history. Kelly previously held the #1 spot on the Hot 100 in 2002 with “A Moment Like This,” which went from #52 to #1 and held that position for 2 weeks.
With her fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, Clarkson demonstrates her eagerness to continue branching out, and to push her music in new and unexpected directions. Though she has sold over twenty million records around the world; landed eight singles in the Top Ten; and won Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, and even been nominated for a CMA Award, she maintains that she’s far more interested in challenging herself than in repeating herself.
Clarkson’s enthusiasm is instantly apparent, even infectious, as she races to talk about each of the new songs. “A lot of it has a soulful, ’70s rock vibe,” she says, “and then some is more club/dance stuff—’If I Can’t Have You’ is like the Killers-meets-the Eurythmics.” But she also shows her softer, more emotional side with “If No One Will Listen” and her own composition, “Cry,” which she says is “basically a country song with pop production, incredibly sad but still strong.”
Clarkson points to the album’s first single, the unforgettably titled “My Life Would Suck Without You” (produced by pop wizards Dr. Luke and Max Martin and written by the two with Claude Kelly) as an example of her need to personalize and connect with all of her material. The album’s defiant track “I Do Not Hook Up” comes courtesy of Katy Perry. She laughs as she describes “I Want You” and its surprising theme. “First, it’s not a boy-bashing song, so that’s already different for me,” she says. “Plus, I wrote it, so that makes it even weirder!”
So when it came time to choose songs for All I Ever Wanted, Clarkson knew what she was looking for. She says that working with producers Sam Watters and Louis Biancaniello on “Whyyouwannabringmedown,” which she describes as having “kind of a punk-British Invasion sound,” was the album’s turning point. Clarkson penned about half of the album, but it’s hard to pin down her work as representing any single style.
All I Ever Wanted is now out in CDs under Sony Music.