Kelly Clarkson’s New Album Influenced By Prince, Features A Song By Eric Hutchinson

Robbie Daw | February 15, 2011 8:46 am

Kelly Clarkson previewed a new song called “You Still Won’t Know What It’s Like” at a benefit gig in December, and while we don’t know if it will appear on the First Lady of American Idol‘s fifth LP, we at least now have a bit more info about the album straight from Kelly herself. And thank goodness—because that AI greatest hits compilation featuring the Texas songstress just isn’t going to cut it! See what Kelly has to say about her upcoming release after the jump. “I record my last song on the 25th of this month and then we will be releasing the album!” Clarkson wrote on her Facebook wall last night. She then goes on to discuss what kind of vibe we can possibly expect. “This album was influenced by Prince, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead and there’s a little bit of a Country vibe/influence on a couple of songs.”

That’s quite eclectic, Kell. And if we get anything resembling “Alphabet St.” or “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” you can pretty much guarantee we’ll be over the moon.

Clarkson added, “Oh and also one of my favorites on the new album is highly influenced by Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Eric Hutchinson wrote it ….the album is gonna be a great pop record! I can’t wait for y’all to hear it!”

You may recall that Idol Season 9 contestant Casey James took a stab at Eric Hutchinson’s “OK, It’s Alright With Me” last year.

Man—we love us some Ellen, but we really don’t miss her (or Kara) on Idol.

Are you excited for Kelly Clarkson’s return to Planet Pop with her new album?

[Via Pop In Stereo]