However Clarkson — who performed on the "American Idol" finale Wednesday night — is feeling these days, Claude Kelly is ready to use it as inspiration for the duo's next collaboration. "I'm ... really, really excited to go back in for Kelly Clarkson," Kelly told MTV News at the premiere for "Sex and the City 2" on Monday. He says that if you loved what they did on All I Ever Wanted, they're not going to settle for anything less this time around.
"Well, I wrote 'My Life Would Suck Without You' for the last album, so we're trying to take it up a level," Kelly, who recently worked with Christina Aguilera for her Bionic album, said. "She's toured the world with that album. She's experienced stuff, so whatever she's going through right now: fun, good, the bad, the ugly — we want to put on that record."
Some of Clarkson's newer songs have already leaked to the Internet. But Kelly isn't letting that influence what he does with the singer. "I haven't heard the songs, but I heard there's been leaks," he said. "Kelly Clarkson is kind of a force of her own. Her voice and her mood determine what she does. So I just want to do what's on her heart 'cause that's how you get the best songs out of an artist like that, is for them to sing what they really mean."
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