Grammy winning superstar Kelly Clarkson will release her latest pop single “People Like Us” in which is gets sent to radio Monday March 4th. This is not an impact date where radio stations report they picked up the song, but merely a date it becomes available for radio stations to begin playing the song. The typical Clarkson anthem appears on her “Greatest Hits: Chapter One” album released last November.
“Catch My Breath,“ the lead single to the “Greatest Hits” gave Clarkson her 80th No. 1 on any given Billboard chart and it’s probable “People Like Us” could score her a few more of those No. 1 positions as most of her singles have topped the Dance charts.
“People Like Us” could be the anthem of strength and people joining together as she opens the song with spoken word: “We come into this world unknown/ But know that we are not alone/ They try and knock us down/ The change is coming/ It’s our time now.” The song then immediately goes into an electro dance beat that Clarkson’s natural un-autotuned voice effortlessly glides along. “Oh people like us we’ve gotta stick together/ Keep your head up/ Nothing lasts forever/ Here’s to the damned to the lost and forgotten/ It’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom” she sings before exploding into an infectious chorus filled with “ohs” and “whoas.”
“We are all misfits living in a world on fire/ Singing for the people like us,” Clarkson fiercely roars. When the “Greatest Hits” was released, there was talk of the new single being the new gay anthem with lyrics like “This is the life that we choose/ This is the life that we bleed/ So throw your fists in the air/ Come out come out if you dare/ Tonight we’re gonna change forever.” With the Supreme Court hearing the cases for California’s ban on same-sex marriage known as Prop 8 and the case Defense of Marriage Act, if they rule in the favour of the direction the nation is heading, the song could easily become a powerful anthem of victory.
Just a few weeks ago, Kelly scored her third Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for her 5th record “Stronger.” Shortly after, former CEO music legend Clive Davis released a memoir and put out false statements about his and Clarkson’s past together, most notably during the recording of her 3rd album “My December.” Clarkson quickly took to her WhoSay account to set the record straight with verbatim words versus the candy coating choices of words she’s used in the past.
With the moderate success of Clarkson’s country single “Don’t Rush” featuring Vince Gill, also taken from the “Greatest Hits,” Clarkson mentioned in a recent radio interview they were planning to release another country single. Two nights ago at the Country Radio Seminar she debuted a new song her and her guitarist wrote called “Ain’t Gonna Like This” where she rattles off names of artists she likes and if that person doesn’t like them, they probably won’t get along. It’s her testament to how much she loves music of any genre. She also brought out the Pistol Annies to sing backup on the southern rock-like track.
“People Like Us” is available on Kelly Clarkson’s “Greatest Hits: Chapter One” or on iTunes.