Kelly Clarkson reached new heights shooting her next video — literally.
The original “American Idol” winner performed on a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles for “The Trouble With Love Is,” the third single from Thankful and first from the “Love Actually” soundtrack.
Bryan Barber, best known for Outkast’s stunningly visual videos, directed the clip, which also features kids watching “Love Actually” on a rooftop adjacent to the one Clarkson’s on.
Along with the high-altitude shots, Barber also created several vignettes showing kids dealing with troubled relationships, which will be interspersed with the performance footage. The scenes will take place in the rooms of the building Kelly is performing on and will include a girl fighting for attention from her video-game addict boyfriend and another girl climbing on the fire escape after arguing with her mother.
“Love Actually,” which opens Friday, features Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth in an ensemble romantic comedy directed by veteran screenwriter Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary”). The soundtrack, due November 11, includes previously released material from Clarkson, Dido, Norah Jones, Wyclef Jean, Maroon 5 and others.
The “The Trouble With Love Is” video premieres Friday (November 7) on “TRL” and will be included on a Kelly Clarkson DVD, “Miss Independent,” due November 18, according to her spokesperson. The videos for “A Moment Like This,” “Before Your Love,” “Miss Independent” and “Low” will be included as well, along with a documentary on the making of the “Low” video and behind-the-scenes pictures (see “A New ’Low’ For Kelly Clarkson As She Seeks Out Revenge” ). Live performances of her singles — plus “Respect” and “Natural Woman” — from various stops on the 2002 “American Idol” tour, in addition to various TV performances round out the disc.
Clarkson will promote her new single and DVD with performances on November 16 at the American Music Awards and November 25 at an “American Idol” holiday special.
“You Thought Wrong,” Clarkson’s duet with Tamyra Gray, which she was hoping would be Thankful’s third single (see “Kelly Clarkson’s Next Single May Be Reunion With Tamyra Gray” ), is being considered for the fourth.