Kelly Clarkson Hopes Fans Relate to Happier Songs on New Christmas Album

Corey Cesare
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Kelly Clarkson’s newest album When Christmas Comes Around… is officially out. This singer hasn’t shied away from the fact that there are some jabs at her ex-husband on the album. In a promotional video posted on Twitter, she shared that she hopes her fans can relate to some of the happier songs on the album, but if not they’re not alone.


When you first listen to this album, you’ll notice that the first few tracks contain some slight jabs. We knew there would be some songs written about Clarkson’s ex-husband when the first single released from the album was called “Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You).” Her Twitter video definitely confirmed that the less joyful tunes are related to her past relationship.

“Merry Christmas baby, you can have just what you gave me,” says Clarkson in one of her songs. “You can keep the charm and lies, and you can keep your wandering hands and eyes.”

Some of the newly written songs touch on the fact that Clarkson is beginning her Christmas celebration early, and she doesn’t care. She shared stories of someone sending gifts that someone else picked, cards with empty promises, and the heartbreak of her favorite holiday getting ruined. These lyrics are written so well, I seriously can’t get enough of them.


Kelly Clarkson Shares Empowerment in her Christmas Album

Even though some of the songs aren’t as joyful as others, it feels like this album is empowering for the singer. She’s at the point in her divorce where she’s able to share what she’s actually been through. And let’s just say, she really didn’t hold back with this album.

What’s great about her newest holiday release is the fact that it’s breaking the “Christmas is only a happy holiday” stigma. We’ve all had a bad Christmas or two, yet there’s not many popular songs that encompass all of that. Most of the popular Christmas tunes that are sad are in relation to not being home for the holiday. But what if you’re at the point in your life where you’re trying to figure out exactly where home is? Clarkson has provided a great set of songs for that.

That being said, not all of the songs on this new album are doom and gloom. Clarkson also added some Christmas classics and lively duets into the mix. Within this album she dueted with Ariana Grande, Chris Stapleton, and Brett Eldredge (bonus track). These duets definitely lived up to the hype that Clarkson created from her Instagram teasers. “Santa, Can’t You Hear Me” featuring Grande already has 180,000 views on YouTube!


As an avid “let’s listen to Christmas music in October!” person, I absolutely loved this album and will have it on repeat until December 25.

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