Kelly Clarkson Joins Forces with Steve Martin on ‘i hate love’

Kelly Clarkson
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Kelly Clarkson teams up for an unlikely collaboration with Steve Martin on her new track ‘i hate love’

Kelly Clarkson has teamed up with banjo virtuoso Steve Martin on new song “i hate love” – the latest off her highly anticipated tenth studio album chemistry, arriving June 23rd and available for pre-order now via Atlantic Records.

The song arrives alongside a special live video taken from the American Idol OG winner’s one-night-only performance of chemistry last month at Los Angeles’ Belasco Theatre, directed/produced by Weiss Eubanks and Jonny Mars.

In an interview with Billboard, Kelly explains the line from the song: “I hate love, and The Notebook lied. It’s Complicated is more like what happens, so you can keep Gosling and I’ll take Steve Martin.”

“I feel like both exist,” the singer told Billboard of the plots from the 2004 Nicholas Sparks-based romance starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, and the 2009 Nancy Meyers rom-com, starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin–which she calls one of her “favorite movies.”

“One is the beginning, when everything is bright and shiny,” she told Billboard, “and It’s Complicated is more the reality.” It’s complicated involves a philandering ex-husband (Baldwin) and an architect (Martin) of whom Kelly says, “This is what you should be looking for and what you do deserve.”

It was Kelly’s idea to reach out to Steve Martin

It was Kelly’s idea to reach out to Martin, and with one email, he agreed to play banjo on the track. The singer hasn’t met the iconic comic yet, but she’s hoping he comes on The Kelly Clarkson Show when it returns in New York City this fall.

“i hate love” follows the release of upbeat single “favorite kind of high,” which received the remix treatment last week from internationally acclaimed DJ/producer David Guetta. Meanwhile double singles “mine” / “me” served as the first taste of the 14-track collection.

chemistry tracklist

  1. skip this part
  2. mine
  3. high road
  4. me
  5. down to you
  6. chemistry
  7. favorite kind of high
  8. magic
  9. lighthouse
  10. rock hudson
  11. my mistake
  12. red flag collector
  13. i hate love (feat. Steve Martin)
  14. that’s right (feat. Sheila E.)

chemistry out June 23 comes ahead of a Las Vegas residency

The new album will arrive ahead of an exclusive Las Vegas engagement, chemistry…an intimate night with Kelly Clarkson, opening Friday, July 28, 2023 at Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The talk show host and her longtime band will play hits that span her two-decade long catalog of songs. Kelly will also perform as part of the TODAY Show’s 2023 Citi Summer Concert Series, due to air later this summer on NBC.

Kelly Clarkson has sold more than 25 million albums and 40 million singles worldwide. The Texas-born singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of American Idol. chemistry marks her tenth studio album and third full-length release with Atlantic Records, following 2017’s Meaning of Life and 2021’s When Christmas Comes Around….

Meanwhile on the small screen, her multi-Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, is preparing for a move to New York City for its upcoming 5th season (with the show having already been picked up through 2025). Kelly just completed another run as coach on NBC’s The Voice.

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