“MEANING OF LIFE” is available for pre-order beginning today accompanied by instant grat downloads of “Move You” and the album’s first single, “Love So Soft.” Both tracks are also available today at all digital music retailers and streaming services. “Love So Soft” is also joined by an epic companion video, directed by Dave Meyers (Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott).

Clarkson – who is currently on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s popular “Fall Music Preview” (on stands today, read here) – will celebrate “MEANING OF LIFE” tomorrow morning with aspecial live performance of both “Love So Soft” and “Move You” on NBC’s TODAY Show Citi Concert Series. A busy slate of additional TV appearances will be announced soon. Clarkson will also return to NBC next year in her new role as coach on the eagerly awaited new season of The Voice, set to premiere in February 2018.

“MEANING OF LIFE” is the album Kelly Clarkson was destined to make with Atlantic Records, a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label’s classic canon. For her eighth studio album – and follow-up to 2015’s chart-topping “PIECE BY PIECE” – Clarkson united a stellar team of top songwriters and producers to collaborate on her Atlantic debut, among them past collaborators Jason Halbert, Jesse Shatkin and GRAMMY® Award-winning “Producer of the Year” Greg Kurstin as well as first time collaborators Mick Schultz, The Monarch and Nick Ruth among others.

Kelly Clarkson is among the most popular artists of this or any other era, with over 100 #1 Billboard singles and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of American Idol’s inaugural season. Clarkson’s debut single, “A Moment Like This,” followed and quickly went to #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100,” ultimately ranking as the year’s best-selling single in the U.S. “THANKFUL,” Clarkson’s 2003 debut album, made its debut atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200 on its way to 2x platinum certification from the RIAA.

“BREAKAWAY” arrived in 2004 and truly affirmed Clarkson as a major pop force via such blockbuster singles as “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Since U Been Gone,” the latter of course a chart-topping worldwide #1 smash as well as a 2x platinum certified GRAMMY® Award-winner for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.” The album remains Clarkson’s most successful to date, currently certified 6x platinum by the RIAA for sales exceeding 6 million. “BREAKAWAY” has been followed by a series of platinum and gold certified album releases, including 2007’s platinum certified “MY DECEMBER,” 2009’s “ALL I EVER WANTED,” 2011’s platinum certified –GRAMMY® Award-winning – “STRONGER,” 2013’s platinum certified Christmas album, “WRAPPED IN RED,” and 2015’s “PIECE BY PIECE.”

By Michael Dickinson

Michael is the VultureHound Film Editor.