Yes, the almighty Kellegend is on the cover of this week’s Billboard to plug her holiday LP Wrapped In Red after unveiling the first two songs from the collection — a cover of “White Christmas” and the blazingly great original “Underneath The Tree” — and aside from looking oh-so-glowing (romantic fulfillment looks great on her), she talks about the liberation of feeling genre-free on the new album and how she tried to put together a set that felt varied and fresh.
“I’ve been dying to make a Christmas album,” she said. “I always get asked what genre I’m in: ‘Is this country or pop or rock? What are you?’ And what’s cool about making the Christmas album was, ‘Oh, there are no limitations! We can do whatever we want!’”
Reportedly, the label expects the album to become “a new holiday classic,” and they’re counting on her holiday musical-comedy special, Kelly Clarkson’s (Cautionary) Christmas Tale (lol wut), airing in mid-December, to buoy the record up the charts.
But, of course, it’s not all about sales — it’s about the spirit of Christmas, duh. “The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn’t matter what mood you’re in or what kind of a year you’ve had-it’s a fresh start,” Clarkson said. “I’m going to clear the air and take stock of the good that’s happened.”
Same here, Kelly. Same here.