Kelly Clarkson Hits The Studio With Darkchild

'American Idol' vet teams up with 'Telephone' writer/producer for upcoming album.

Kelly Clarkson told fans last week that she’s one song away from completing her brand-new album, and now it looks like that last tune may be the work of none other than super-producer Darkchild.

“Taking today to prep the music for tomorrow’s session with @kelly_clarkson. Did a great song for her, can’t wait to get her vocal on it!” the producer tweeted on Monday.

Darkchild (whose most recent megahit was Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s “Telephone”) joins a string of collaborators that the powerhouse singer has worked with on the forthcoming release, including Howard Benson, Eric Hutchinson and Toby Gad. As for the sound of the still-untitled album, Kelly has revealed she’s been inspired by a few big names. “This album was influenced by Prince, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead and there’s a little bit of a country vibe/influence on a couple of songs,” she told fans last week.

Despite her studio grind, the “American Idol” alum has made time to treat her legions of fans with a few live performances as they wait patiently for her new LP. Kelly teamed up with Jason Aldean to perform “Don’t You Wanna Stay” on Tuesday’s installment of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Standing beside the country star, the 28-year-old Clarkson belted out the bittersweet ballad in a black dress.

On Monday, Kelly shared her excitement over her pre-taped performance via Facebook, writing, “I just performed with Jason Aldean on Ellen and had so much fun at the show! I love Ellen, she is one of a kind and just so down to earth and her staff is awesome as well! Jason and I performed our song ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay.’ Hope y’all like it!”