Way back when Kelly Clarkson was best known as the "American Idol," she sang a few tunes she had written into a tape recorder and stashed it away. Fortunately, she remembered the tape when it came time to start her second album, as one of the tunes, "Because of You," will now be her next single.
"They were just unbelievable, how structured [the songs] were and her understanding of music, which is not something you would expect from a pop artist," said former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody, who co-wrote and produced the songs after Clarkson sent him the tape. "She had these ideas already in place for songs; all I really had to do was build music around them and develop them. It was quite easy."
Clarkson chose Moody, as well as his songwriting partner David Hodges, because of the sound of the band they once worked with (see "Ben Moody: No Regrets").
"Hearing the Evanescence album you can obviously tell that David and Ben have a real passion for that big kind of background and I have a big voice and I like the music to match it, so it was a real dream team," Clarkson told MTV News last fall. "They're both so different from each other and so different from me, but I think the three of us getting together just created such great songs."
"Because of You" is a power ballad of sorts, with a chorus that includes breakup lines like "I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me" and "Because of you I am afraid."
"Her album is very much what she wanted to say, and it's funny going through the process with her and knowing what these songs are about and watching her mature into what she is now — an artist as opposed to an 'American Idol' winner," added Moody, who has also worked with Avril Lavigne. "That was probably the most fun I've had on a session. She was so much fun and very laid-back, but very sincere."
Clarkson is currently reading treatments for the video, which she will shoot in the next three weeks, according to her publicist.
Meanwhile, she's midway through her Hazel Eyes Tour, which hits Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday and runs through September 10 in Las Vegas (see "Kelly Clarkson Unveils More Tour Dates, Says 'Who's Bo Bice?' ").
Clarkson is also slated to perform August 28 at the MTV Video Music Awards, where "Since U Been Gone" is nominated for Best Pop Video and Best Female Video (see "Mariah Carey, Killers Added To Video Music Awards Performance Bill").
Breakaway, the fifth-best-selling album of the year, according to SoundScan, was also just certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has remained in the top 20 of the Billboard albums chart every week since it was released on November 30.