Country Kelly Clarkson! Check out this “countrified” version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All” single.

Reportedly, a country station played this version, introducing it as Kelly’s “new” song.  With a little country instrumentation thrown in, the song still keeps its pop flavor.

ETA: The mix sounds slapped together, like they tossed a couple of country instruments in, hoping to sell it to country radio. If Kelly is serious about entering the format as a solo artist, she should record a country single from scratch. Otherwise…stick to pop, Kelly!

Does it work for you?

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  • Anonymous

    Nope! DO.NOT.LIKE.AT.ALL. Its sounds weird. I loved the original. This one just ruins the song.

  • apple_ykr

    I love this version soooooooooo much

  • Anonymous

    Just this week I was thinking back to the days when artists would record new vocals to go along with the remix of a song.  I’m glad that they did that with this song, and didn’t just add a different instrumental backing track.

    I think the song works, even though it loses a lot of thee oomph of the original.

  • Anonymous

    I turn on the radio, there is Kelly. I turn on the TV, there is Kelly. I come here,  there is Kelly.

    (doing my best Jan Brady imitiation) kelly…..kelly…..kelly….

    Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. She’s freakin’ everywhere I turn. lol

  • windmills

    I love Kelly, I hate this idea. The song sounds OK but Kelly’s vocals on the pop version have more fire. She sells the lyrics better on the pop version. 

    And, this is a pop song with some mandolin thrown in. That doesn’t make it country and I find it kind of insulting that somebody thinks dressing up such a pop song with a couple instrument changes makes it good enough for country radio play. IMO some country radio stations may play this but I don’t see a lot jumping on board. Maybe if there’s a label involved or an indie promoter.

    I know people say Breaking Your Own Heart sounds country, I don’t really agree because Kelly’s vocal isn’t country and it isn’t produced country. But, that would be a better fit than MKIA if they want to promote something to country.

  • Tess

    I think Kelly is really showing, this era, that the power of “marketing” is alive and well and the more you can work at being a pop star the better the results can be.  Yup, she is everywhere…either I hadn’t noticed before or she has really upped her appearances and her visibility.  Guess her manager learned well with Rita and Blake and is using the same theories for Kelly.  Shows that hard work does pay off.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Does it work for you?”

    No.  lol

  • Anonymous

    NOOOOOO 

  • iFoundIt

    Fail.  Neither Kelly’s voice here or the song itself works with a Country instrumentation.  It makes the song sound worse.

  • Indigobunting

    Oh yuck.  Does Kelly really need this?!

    Even though Danny is off the radio and I never hear CJ on the radio, I have become fond of country radio thanks to Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Sugarland, LBT.  But if they push this song to the detriment of more deserving songs I will really roll my eyes.

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    This is not my thing, but if it gets Kelly played on country and helps her sell albums, I’m all for it!

  • Anonymous

    I doubt that it’s a matter of need.  Train made a country version of “Hey Soul Sister”.  It’s not something that they actively pushed, it’s just that the song was very popular, so they made a country version just in case there were stations that wanted to play it.  

    I don’t think that most country stations are open to giving these remixes a chance, so it probably won’t go far.

  • Anonymous

    She’s been sticking her toe in Country music waters for years, why not just jump in? She’d be embraced. The proof is the Don’t You Wanna Stay song.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    I really love this version, not too sure sending it to country radio will be that beneficial though.

    Listening to it a few times, I like it more than the original tbh. The original had a nice punch to it, but I think this one showcases Kelly’s vocals better.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthInChicago Anthony Maggiore

    I love this version and the new vocals but if she wants to smash at country radio she needs to release the Smoakstack Session version of The Sun Will Rise. Country radio will eat that up!

  • Tess

    There is a real fine line between marketing and cross/genre promotion and blatant money grabbing greed.  Careful, Kelly, in my eyes you are starting to look like the latter. 

  • Valentin432

    There are country songs rearranged for pop and a few pop songs that have been rearranged as country (I remember Born This Way gone country for instance or that Bon Jovi/Sugarland duet and of course Because Of You) but I’m not sure if this is the beginning of RCA/manager trying to promote Kelly on country radio or just some dj that found the version cool and decided to spin it.

    Kelly has probably some good will based on her two duets that charted very high on the format but I’m not sure this is the right song to push as her first solo single.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    I agree but at the same time, I think the line between pop and country is really fading. Taylor Swift is the epitome of that, but even with their other crossover acts like Faith Hill and Carrie, a lot of their songs are pop songs recorded with a twang (sometimes not even with a twang actually). A lot of Carrie’s writers and producers are mainstream pop people. Max Martin, Kara Dioguardi, David Hodges, Tom Shapiro… Both Kelly and Carrie have worked with them.

    And actually I think one of the writers of MKIA was actually a country writer originally. MKIA was among his first major crossovers into pop.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    LOL it’s feeling like 2005 all over again eh?  What’s the line in Never Again “bet it sucks to see my face everywhere” except it doesn’t suck.. it’s great. 

    I don’t want her to “remix” a song for country.  I want her to release Breakin your own heart to Country radio or even The Sun will Rise…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Would weird be the right description here?  Kelly is terrific and this song didn’t need this remix.  Nope, it does work for me. 

  • windmills

    Jenna: I agree but at the same time, I think the line between pop and country is really fading.

    I think it has in some people’s minds (especially on pop side) and IMO that’s a shame. But for me, there are still things in the country sound that are distinct from pop. I’ve been saying that for a long time on this blog as anybody who heard me discuss the Danny Gokey country thing knows. And, this remix doesn’t have any of them.

    Jenna: A lot of Carrie’s writers and producers are mainstream pop people. Max Martin, Kara Dioguardi, David Hodges, Tom Shapiro… Both Kelly and Carrie have worked with them.

    Her producer is Mark Bright, who’s primarily a country producer. Max Martin produced instrumentals for 1 song on 1 album. Tom Shapiro is primarily a country writer. Kara’s cowritten a total of 2 songs that made Carrie’s albums so far, David Hodges has cowritten 1, and all those songs were cowritten with country writers. There’s also Mike Elizondo but again, that’s 1 song. And, with all those songs, they’re still identifiably country based on lyrics, sometimes melody, and definitely the way Carrie sings them. Not traditional country by any means but country/pop or country/rock. There’s a difference between that and the Taylor/Lady A stuff and this MKIA remix which isn’t country in its basic elements even if it gets dressed up with a mandolin.

    Jenna: And actually I think one of the writers of MKIA was actually a country writer originally. MKIA was among his first major crossovers into pop.

    Brett James – he is primarily a country writer but that doesn’t make MKIA a country song anymore than Pia’s This Time (which Brett James also cowrote) is a country song or anymore than Honestly (which Tom Shapiro cowrote) is a country song. These writers are versatile and are writing in other genres now. 

    I really think Kelly’s better off moonlighting in country the way she does now with collabs and live performances instead of sending out remixes of the wrong songs for actual airplay. Because if the wrong song doesn’t do well (and this one shouldn’t and won’t get a lot of good will if it does), suddenly the bloom is off the rose. It’s one thing when country’s inviting her in like Rascal Flatts, Reba, and Jason have, it’s another when she looks like she’s trying to get country airplay and she’s doing it with a song that doesn’t fit. Kelly’s earned a lot of good will in the country world and I don’t want her wasting it on this.

  • Anonymous

    This is awful.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    I agree, I don’t energy should be wasted on releasing solo stuff to country, especially a remix. But I still don’t think there is a lot that is distinctively country in anything that has crossed over in recent years.

    With that said, Mr. Know It All definitely is not a country song, even if “countrified”, but I still think this version is better than the original. I wish they used this instead =P

    I’m curious what the plans for this song are though… Why wouldn’t they release it earlier while MKIA was the active single? I don’t even see how releasing it to country radio would help album sales since this version won’t even be on the album.

  • Anonymous

    I love ya  Kelly, but this doesn’t work!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    Love the pop version, not this one.  Country doesnt mind covers but I dont think something countrified to make the radio will go far.  Remixing country to pop works, but not usually the other way, imo. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NBACS2XHDEHKIEDHSUMSQYMKHQ tap

    Um, no, please.  I love Kelly, but I don’t love this.  True, I don’t like Country in general, but this is bad country even for me.  Kelly, try some Patsy Cline kind of Country style.  Now that I could get behind!

    Re country cross-overs in general; I think we’ll see more and more of this from artists who can’t make it in their own genres (this is not Kelly of course) or who simply want to expand to a safer haven. Kelly could probably be embraced by the country listening demographic quite easily, given her Texas background, Idol beginnings, and down-home look. She’s already successful so it would be a great way to obtain a large, loyal following that has a machine all laid out for its favorites.

    This is not going to be so easy to do for Idols who just think they can default to country if their first choices don’t work out. Gokey’s a good example of that, though who knows, maybe eventually he’ll pay enough dues to do well there. Idol contestants would be smart to START in this genre if they have any leanings toward it – it will give them credibility. And since the voting demographic of AI is now so heavily southern/country/religious, those contestants will have a real advantage out of the gate. It doesn’t matter how diverse the top 24 are, as long as power voting is allowed, most of the ‘undesirables’ will get washed out sooner rather than later.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry… does nothing for me. What did they do lay vocals over this awful track?

  • iani

    This version I think would be well received in some Middle Eastern countries, I’m actually serious, perfect, sound, rhythm for some good rotations(on “you don’t know a thing about me”), fitted words for  modern belly dance dancers in private clubs, good money would come for her from there. I know Beyonce sang there for a good amount, why not Kelly too, with this instrumentation would “kill” it there, lol.

  • Susan

    Hmmm… I must be the only one who kinda likes it, and I don’t like country music.

  • Indigobunting

    “This is not going to be so easy to do for Idols who just think they can default to country if their first choices don’t work out. Gokey’s a good example of that, though who knows, maybe eventually he’ll pay enough dues to do well there. Idol contestants would be smart to START in this genre if they have any leanings toward it – it will give them credibility”
    Um, no.  Gokey is NOT a good example of that- his first choice was country.  He signed with Country, Mark Bright (same producer as Carrie and Scotty) produced his country album, and his 3 singles on radio have all been on country radio. He’s been a regular fixture at the Opry every 8 weeks.  He has and does want to do his own “version” of a country blend-so that is the question-whether they will accept him on radio.  They already have enough for a #22, #32 and #48 single-not everyone is a smash superstar out of the gate.  How far will he stray from a country sound and will they accept it- the question for album #2.  It will be interesting to see who he signs with.

    I don’t think Kelly is trying to default to country either- she has a lot of ties in the country world and her duet was a smash hit.  And many do dabble there- Uncle Cracker, Kid Rock- they are definitely HAC/pop/rock, yet get played on Country.
    This song is awful though.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, my. Finally had a minute to listen and this is not good at all. I too find it slightly insulting that as a country music listener I’d be expected to just gobble this up. Yuck.

  • electric_dog

    This doesn’t sound country at all.  Oh, Kelly, sometimes you just should say no!

  • Anonymous

    Do. not. like.  Kelly’s vocal style just kinda clashes with the instrumentation style.  But she does have a few different runs and ad libs on this version (that she does when she sings the song live, but weren’t on the original single version), so it seems that it’s actually a different vocal take.  Weird.

  • Anonymous

    Do. not. like.  Kelly’s vocal style just kinda clashes with the instrumentation style.  But she does have a few different runs and ad libs on this version (that she does when she sings the song live, but weren’t on the original single version), so it seems that it’s actually a different vocal take.  Weird.