Kelly Clarkson, the American Idol winner and Emmy-winning talk show host, has released her latest track from her upcoming album, “Chemistry.” The song, titled “I Hate Love,” showcases Clarkson’s frustrations with love following a breakup.
In an exciting collaboration, Clarkson teamed up with Steve Martin, the 77-year-old banjo player, for this new single. Martin’s banjo skills caught Clarkson’s attention during livestream videos in the early days of the pandemic. She shared her idea with her producer, Jesse Shatkin, who thought it was a fantastic concept.
To Clarkson’s surprise, Martin agreed to work with her on the song. Despite feeling nervous about approaching people for collaborations, Clarkson quickly received a positive response. Martin was enthusiastic and asked when they would be recording the track.
In “I Hate Love,” Kelly references two movies featuring Steve Martin and Ryan Gosling. She appreciates the organic nature of the collaboration and hopes to meet Martin in person soon. Kelly envisions him appearing on her show, where they could perform the song together or simply have a conversation and hang out.
The song itself reflects the singer’s post-breakup emotions, expressing her frustrations with love. The chorus includes lyrics such as “Beat my head against the wall / Little by little, you took it all / Love’s no friend of mine” and “Countin’ your blessings on my back / Livin’ your best life, livin’ fast / Love, you’re out of time.”
Clarkson released a video of her performing “I Hate Love” during her one-night-only performance of Chemistry at Los Angeles’ Belasco Theatre in April. The album, inspired by her 2020 divorce from Brandon Blackstock, features a total of 14 tracks and showcases Clarkson’s personal journey.
Fans of Kelly Clarkson eagerly anticipate the release of her upcoming album, which promises to be a heartfelt expression of her experiences and emotions.