Kelly Clarkson Debuts New Tune “Ain’t Gonna Like This” (VIDEO)!

Photo via Music Row magazineLast night at Sony Nashville’s annual General Jackson Show & Dinner Cruise, where the label showcases a lot of its roster (Columbia Nashville has been promoting Kelly’s “Don’t Rush” to country radio), Kelly Clarkson debuted a new tune where she proudly declares the diversity of her musical influences. The new song, which she cowrote with her guitarist Aben Eubanks, is called “Ain’t Gonna Like This.” Kelly performed the soulful rocker with backing vocals from the Pistol Annies (Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angeleena Presley), and drew a standing ovation from the crowd on the boat. The ladies are pictured above in the feature photo.

Check out video of the tune via 94.7 WQDR HERE.

The audio is not of the highest quality, but in the song, you can hear Kelly give a shout out to everybody from Aretha Franklin to Reba to Trisha (Yearwood) to Elvis, and declaring her love for rock & roll, soul, and country. UPDATE: According to the Yahoo recap the shoutouts also include Bonnie (Raitt), BB (King), Vince (Gill), and Prince (the artist formerly and currently known as).

In the verse about country music, she sings:

So what if I like some country
Whether it’s music or the men
So what if I like the mood
That country puts me in
If you don’t like Johnny, and if you don’t like Elvis
You ain’t gonna like this
(you ain’t gonna like, ain’t gonna like this)
You ain’t gonna like this
(you ain’t gonna like, ain’t gonna like this)

Here is a medium quality clip of that verse via New Country 100.7: link

Kelly’s always been about loving all kinds of music, and so this new tune is her declaration that she’s going to keep pursuing all the different kinds of music she loves, no matter who “ain’t gonna like this.” What do you think of this sassy new song?

EDIT: The Tennessean recap says “Ain’t Gonna Like This” will be Kelly’s next single to country radio.

  • heartly

    I’m (slightly) biased, but I love this. It is SO Kelly.

    The thing that strikes me the most watching that video is how much fun she’s having with all of this. No real pressures or expectations, she gets to do some different things and she’s surrounded by her friends.

    I see that she had Jason Sellers with her again to sing DR. Wonder how they got hooked up this week?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PIFEK3GEST2TGA4FGDNGGCDJPE Genuine

    Amazing. Kelly is going to take over the country world. I have no doubt.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    It does sound very Kelly, I like how in your face it is compared to Don’t Rush. I’m still not ready for her to make a complete shift to country though.

  • windmills

    Jenna: It does sound very Kelly, I like how in your face it is compared to Don’t Rush. I’m still not ready for her to make a complete shift to country though.

    I think it’s right there in the lyrics that she’s not making a complete shift. She’s just exploring her love for different kinds of music and the mainstream genre that’s going to allow her to do that right now is country, since it’s absorbing a lot of rock and other influences now. The melody of this song is not that far off from Miss Independent, especially when you think about Kelly’s live MI and how much more soulful and rock it is. There’s an electric guitar solo in Ain’t Gonna Like This, which really isn’t country in the strict sense! The lyrics obviously talk about her love of country but they also mentions Aretha right along with Reba & Trisha and shout out to rock & roll in the 1st verse. 

    The more I see of it the more I think this whole country thing isn’t really about Kelly going country in the traditional sense. It’s about giving Kelly the opportunity to broaden the kinds of songs she can sing because her “brand” on CHR/Pop has the potential to get kind of confining. If the country world starts narrowing back to something more traditional then it’ll only be because some other genre, probably pop, is broadening back up. If that happens then I think we’ll just see Kelly focus on the pop world and not dabble as much in the country world.

  • windmills

    Jenna: It does sound very Kelly, I like how in your face it is compared to Don’t Rush. I’m still not ready for her to make a complete shift to country though.

    I think it’s right there in the lyrics that she’s not making a complete shift. She’s just exploring her love for different kinds of music and the mainstream genre that’s going to allow her to do that right now is country, since it’s absorbing a lot of rock and other influences now. The melody of this song is not that far off from Miss Independent, especially when you think about Kelly’s live MI and how much more soulful and rock it is. There’s an electric guitar solo in Ain’t Gonna Like This, which really isn’t country in the strict sense! The lyrics obviously talk about her love of country but they also mentions Aretha right along with Reba & Trisha and shout out to rock & roll in the 1st verse. 

    The more I see of it the more I think this whole country thing isn’t really about Kelly going country in the traditional sense. It’s about giving Kelly the opportunity to broaden the kinds of songs she can sing because her “brand” on CHR/Pop has the potential to get kind of confining. If the country world starts narrowing back to something more traditional then it’ll only be because some other genre, probably pop, is broadening back up. If that happens then I think we’ll just see Kelly focus on the pop world and not dabble as much in the country world.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXWTPQX7WDUGFKDMOUHAWCQMY Van

     Jason Sellers also co-wrote “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

  • heartly

     oh, I know. I just didn’t think that would be enough to get them hooked up this week. The DR connection makes more sense.

    The more I see of it the more I think this whole country thing isn’t
    really about Kelly going country in the traditional sense. It’s about
    giving Kelly the opportunity to broaden the kinds of songs she can sing
    because her “brand” on CHR/Pop has the potential to get kind of
    confining.

    Bingo.

  • windmills

    Backing up my point about the lyrics of this song, here’s Chris Willman’s take via Yahoo

    “Unfortunately, you ain’t gonna like this!” she announced over the opening power chords. Fortunately, that was the title of the new song she was debuting, and not an actual threat. The tune name-checks at least a good number of her musical heroes, and does brashly declare that if you don’t care for them, you’ll get on the fightin’ side of her. Sample lyrics: “If you don’t like Bonnie, if you don’t like Prince…/If you don’t like B.B., if you don’t like Vince…/You ain’t gonna like this.” Best line: “If you don’t like Aretha/Well, I don’t even wanna meetcha!”

    That’s a really eclectic list of names from all genres of music.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    Oh I agree, I don’t think she’s making a complete shift, it just makes me a little nervous that she seems to be embracing the country music so much right now when I want her to promote her pop singles =P

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    Watch out Carrie, Original Recipe is coming to snatch yo wig!

  • http://twitter.com/3liaz7 Elias

    Landon Cox You’re so freakin’ delusional .

  • heartly

    Yeahhh, wouldn’t go that far.  Kelly’s just having some fun. Who knows what the future brings but the timing is right for her right now to explore some things.

    People name checked in the song: Bonnie Raitt, Prince, George Strait (I think), BB King, Vince Gill, Reba, Trisha Yearwood, Aretha, Elvis, Johnny Cash and John Coltrane (I think).  That’s an eclectic group and people she’s cited in the past as influences on her.

    I wonder if she’ll sing this tonight at her concert?

  • http://twitter.com/Notup2it4life Shannen

    I love country Kelly. I would love a full country rock album from her. That would be amazing.

  • bestmusic

    Not feeling this song at all.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Oh, I like it. Very catchy.

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3$$!C@

    Apparantly, Kelly had always wanted to do country, but the label steered her into pop. Not sure if thats just myth, but you can tell Kelly is very comfie with her country side.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE pop Kelly tho, so I dont know how I would feel if she totally went country and “forgot” about pop. 

  • windmills

    J3$$!C@: Apparantly, Kelly had always wanted to do country, but the label steered
    her into pop. Not sure if thats just myth, but you can tell Kelly is
    very comfie with her country side.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE pop Kelly tho, so I
    dont know how I would feel if she totally went country and “forgot”
    about pop.

    It’s a myth. Kelly DID want a country week on AI and the producers didn’t go for it. But, Simon Fuller arranged for her to sing with Reba after the show, which is how they met. If you listen to Kelly’s interviews she considers herself a lover of music period and still primarily identifies herself as a pop singer.

    As far as being comfortable in the country world, it’s a friendlier world in the 1st place. That has its limits too but with Kelly’s personal connections she’s a natural fit.

    Jenna: Oh I agree, I don’t think she’s making a complete shift, it just makes
    me a little nervous that she seems to be embracing the country music so
    much right now when I want her to promote her pop singles =P

    She did promote Catch My Breath during the holiday season. It just so happens that CRS happened this week and it was convenient for her being in Nashville. Too, Don’t Rush needed the help after taking 17 weeks to make t30. Kelly has to put in some time with country radio if she wants support there, she’s not just going to get it because she’s likable and so talented. Catch My Breath is not surprisingly having a better time at pop radio, especially HAC but even CHR.

    Besides that I bet we’re going to see a lot of different media when she promotes People Like Us. I wouldn’t be surprised if she headlined some big spring radio shows and we’re pretty sure she’s headed out on the road with Maroon 5 later this year. So, I don’t think there’ll be any shortage of pop promo down the road. I don’t mind them saving some of it for what’s going to be one of Kelly’s bigger hits.

  • LongKissGoodnight

    Kelly and Maroon 5 are going to tour together?
    In what capacity co-headliners?

  • heartly

    Aben was nice enough to stop by KCE and post the right lyrics to this song along with all the correct references.

    Ain’t Gonna Like This

    So what if I like the sound of
    A little bit of rock and roll
    So what if it’s just my thing to like
    the rhythm of some soul

    if you don’t like Bonnie,
    if you don’t like Prince,
    you ain’t gonna like this

    so what if I like to dance
    to some blues in the pouring rain
    it doesn’t mean I can’t turn it on 
    when ol’ George says “Give It Away”

    if you don’t like Stevie,
    if you don’t like Vince,
    you ain’t gonna like this

    Singin’ what I’m feeling inside
    I don’t care what it is, what you call it, here it is
    if you don’t like what I dig
    you ain’t gonna like this
    you ain’t gonna like this

    So what if I like some country
    whether it’s the music or the men
    so what if I like the mood
    that Coltrane puts me inif you don’t like Johnny, and if you don’t like Elvisyou ain’t gonna like thisyou ain’t gonna like thisSingin’ what I’m feelin’ insideI don’t care what it is, what you call it, here it isif you don’t like what I digyou ain’t gonna like this you ain’t gonna like thisSingin’ what I’m feelin’ insidei don’t what it is, what you call it, here it isif you don’t like what I digif you don’t like Reba,if you don’t like Trisha,if you don’t like Aretha,I don’t even wanna meet ya
    If none of my heroes make your list
    well then you ain’t gonna like this

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    One could like everyone she names, and Kelly, and not like this. 

  • Incipit

    so what if I like the mood that Coltrane puts me in

    OMG. Anyone who namechecks Coltrane is fine with me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beaugard.stevens Beaugard Stevens

    She needs to get out “People like Us” – what is she waiting on?