Kelly Clarkson To Play Free Club Show

Troubadour gig for fans on October 24 will precede Stronger release.

Kelly Clarkson has long had a strong relationship with the fans who've stuck with her from the "American Idol" days through all manner of label drama. And come next week, she's going to reward some of those lucky followers with a rare club show.

Clarkson will take the stage next Wednesday at Los Angeles' 500-capacity Troubadour for a special show in advance of the October 24 release of her fifth album, Stronger. Tickets for the free gig are first come, first serve, with fans encouraged to register at for a chance to attend the gig.

The website warns, however, that access to the venue is not guaranteed by the ticket, so attendees are being encouraged to show up early to secure their spot inside.

That's not the only early gift Clarkson is giving her die-hards. She's also teamed with VH1 for what's described as an "extremely intimate concert" in New York on October 27 that will air as a special at a later date.

She'll also suit up for a set at the O Music Awards 2, where she will appear alongside such fellow presenters and performers as the Band Perry, Demi Lovato, Mac Miller, Midi Mafia and DJ Diamond Kuts.

Clarkson recently primed the pump for her return to the spotlight with the sexy, playful new video for "Mr. Know It All," the first single from the upcoming album. The Justin Frances-directed clip is a mixture of performance footage and sleek glamour shots of Clarkson, as well as the "Wall of Doubt," which features the occasionally negative headlines that have been written about the singer.

"There's different sides of me, and that whole outfit was more for all the freeing aspect," she explained of a scene in which she wears a massive ball gown. "Like, there's all these different sides of you, and that was the free-spirit side of me. That's one of my favorite shots in the video. It keeps coming back to my hair everywhere."

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