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Kelly Clarkson Releases New Song ‘I Hate Love,’ Featuring Steve Martin

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Kelly Clarkson has released yet another single from her upcoming album Chemistry. This new song is titled “I Hate Love,” and it features comedian Steve Martin on the banjo. Clarkson even gives Martin a shout-out in the lyrics.


Kelly Clarkson Releases New Song ‘I Hate Love’

“I Hate Love” starts with a bouncy banjo sound, courtesy of Martin, before Clarkson sings the track’s title three words. She goes on to sing of love, “It’s a bitch sometimes / Mama, I’m sorry for using that word / But I only use it when it applies.”

Later in the song, Clarkson refers to Martin by name, comparing him to none other than Ryan Gosling as she sings that “The Notebook lied” and she prefers It’s Complicated. Clarkson then adds, “So you can keep Gosling and I’ll take Steve Martin.”

On Friday, Martin retweeted Clarkson’s post about the new track, writing, “I’m so honored to be playing on the fabulous record. Banjo on a hit song!”


Clarkson told Billboard that she got the idea to feature Martin on the track after hearing him play banjo on livestreams early in the pandemic. The two have yet to meet in person, but Clarkson hopes to have Martin on her talk show in the future.

SEE ALSO: KELLY CLARKSON’S ‘FAVORITE KIND OF HIGH’ IS AN INTOXICATING SUMMER TRACK

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Clarkson’s Album Chemistry Is Out June 23

Fans only have to wait a few more weeks before they can hear Clarkson’s full new album Chemistry. The singer has already shared four of the songs, including “Mine,” “Me,” and “Favorite Kind of High.” The album will have fourteen tracks in total.


Other tracks on the album include the opener “Skip This Part,” the title track “Chemistry,” and a song called “That’s Right” which features Sheila E. Clarkson wrote or co-wrote every song on the new project.

What do you think of Clarkson’s new song “I Hate Love”? Should more pop songs feature banjo-playing? Are you excited for the new album? Let us know in the comments below.

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