A press release notes that the record will include “brand new instant classics” (the sort of PR garblespeak with which I would take umbrage if this were anyone other than Kelly Clarkson) including the first single, “Underneath the Tree,” as well as the title track; besides the original songs, expect standards like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” and “Please Come Home For Christmas.”
The best part? “Underneath the Tree” was produced by Greg Kurstin, who was a large part of why Clarkson’s Stronger was so extraordinary. The press release promises “to bring a fresh, contemporary sound to this new holiday music,” which again is totally permissible because, well, it’s Kelly Clarkson, so it’s actually probably true.
In Kelly’s own words: “I’m super excited to put out my first Christmas record. I absolutely love Christmas music and have had a total blast recording and writing for it. I can’t wait for y’all to hear it.” Flawless statement.
As for the competition? Nothing under the tree for them this year.