Kellie Pickler Debuts “Ring For Sale,” Talks Music, Dancing With ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine (VIDEO)

Season 5 American Idol alum and Season 16 Dancing With The Stars champion Kellie Pickler is prepping the release of her 4th studio album, her 1st to be released via indie label Black River Entertainment, and recently debuted a new tune set to be included on it, called “Ring For Sale.”

The sassy, bluesy midtempo about a woman reacting to divorce is written by Nashville hitmaker Jim Beavers and singer/hitmaker Chris Stapleton (who also cowrote Kellie’s “Stop Cheatin’ On Me,” and just released his incredibly soulful debut Mercury Nashville single “What Are You Listening To?” to country radio). Check out live video here:

Kellie also discussed her upcoming album with Rolling Stone magazine, promising more of the traditional-leaning “Kellie country” featured on her critically acclaimed 3rd album, 100 Proof. Less than stellar album sales and weak airplay for the album’s singles haven’t discouraged her one bit, as she says:

“I didn’t sell a lot of records with [100 Proof], but it’s my favorite album I’ve ever done because I went into the studio and said what I wanted to say and made a more traditional record. Had I gone in and made the same old sh**, then Rolling Stone and different music critics wouldn’t have picked it as one of the best albums of 2012. That showed me that I made the right call. It was tough, but I’m glad I stood up for myself.”

She also shared her philosophy on her music these days with the magazine:

“I’ve made records where I’m trying to make everybody else happy and say what other people want me to say. That was miserable. If you go in and you’re honest, people will either like you or not. You can’t please them all, so you might as well be happy with it yourself. It’s your face on the cover. You can’t change who you are to please other people.”

Kellie also spoke to Rolling Stone about shooting the incredibly sensual video for her current single, “Someone Somewhere Tonight” with her Dancing With The Stars partner Derek Hough, the extra inspiration she brought with her into the studio when recording the song (which at 7 weeks after release sits at #49 on the Mediabase country chart and at #51 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart), and the possibility of leveraging her star power, personality, and newly developed dancing abilities to entertainment venues other than music:

Music is my number one priority. But if it’s the right role, I would do it . . . Maybe the right Broadway role. I don’t see why you can’t do it all. Just look at Dolly. I like putting myself out there to try new things. But it would have to be worth the sacrifice of taking time off from music. People who know me get that. People who don’t will, if they ever meet me.

Rolling Stone also reports that the tracklisting for Kellie’s album is yet to be finalized. Still, here’s a list of songs Kellie is known to have cut for her upcoming album (in addition to “Someone Somewhere Tonight” and “Ring For Sale”):

“Ain’t No Cure For Crazy” (Kyle Jacobs/Joe Leathers/Billy Montana/John Ozier)
“I Forgive You” (songwriters on this one not yet confirmed, but Kellie told the Clarion Ledger that she has been waiting 5 years to record it)
“Little Bit Gypsy” (Kyle Jacobs/Tammi Lynn Kidd/Fred Wilhelm)
“Tough All Over” (Gary Nicholson/Leslie Satcher)
“Where Did Your Love Go” (Kalisa Ewing/Rivers Rutherford) DEMO
“Woman I Am” (Kyle Jacobs/Kellie Pickler) *likely the song Kellie is referring to in the Rolling Stone interview

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  • Lynn Di Resto

    Kellie is so good. She deserves to get some radio play but they never give her a chance. I listen to NASH 94.7 and even contacted them to play her on the radio. No response and no plays on the radio. Go Kellie you don’t need them.

  • thedeviledadvocate

    Comparing Kellie’s song “Ring For Sale,” to Cassadee’s WATT, and Kellie’s singing style to Cassadee’s singing style would be perfect for answering this question:

    What is the difference between good ole country and pop music that wants to be countryish?

    I like Kellie, and this new song. I love her song and video “Red High Heels.” You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

  • eleanor_V1

    Country Radio needs to play more country songs & less pop like Cassadees WATT not a fan of that song at all Kellie is so underated country radio needs a kick in the Butt needs to play songs what the fans want to hear got all of Kellies albums cant wait for the new one

  • Incipit

    I like her philosophy on music, and I like Kelie. I’m never gonna buy it, but there are a few people around who can cause me to listen to country music, and she’s one of them. The lady makes me smile with her stage presence and her infectious connection to this song – hope she keeps on making the music ‘she’ wants to make…not what other people want her to say. That job is too demanding to let it make a person miserable. IMO.

  • Bobbi

    I think Kellie has gotten steadily better ever since Idol. She’s going to have her huge hit one of these days. I think doing DWTS was a great idea. Really reminded people of what a wonderful presence she has. Can’t wait for the new cd!

  • Ashley

    i got to hear this song live in nashville last month during her show at the stage on broadway! love her!

  • breakdown

    I hope she’s not in the current Rolling Stone!

  • macfae

    Staying true to herself will keep her fans buying her records and coming to her shows and as with “100 Proof” it will continue getting her critical acclaim. I would like to see even bigger things happen for her but with Kellie, happiness seems to trump big monetary success.
    Hopefully, Black River will get behind her.and aggressively promote her next cd.
    I wish her all the best.

  • BonnieDee

    I Wonder was my favorite from her first album. 100 Proof was such an amazing album, but her old label just walked away from it. I’m also hoping her new label gives her more support. She has such an amazing personality she could grow her fan base even more by getting into acting or doing a talk show.

  • Happyhexer

    Black River will do what they can, but if Kellie doesn’t sell, she’ll be dropped, as Due West was. She was an advantage in her name recognition, and Black River likely has smaller expectations than a major label. But she still needs to sell enough to keep her label.

    I am someone who wasn’t a fan of Kellie’s early material, which was more contemporary/modern country. Very ironic, since I usually am more a fan of modern country, but I love Kellie’s traditional country sound very much. The only Kellie material I’ve purchased is the two singles from “100 Proof,” plus the album itself (which absolutely is deserving of the critical acclaim it has received).