Anticipation at Fever Pitch for 'Breakaway,' Second Album from Kelly Clarkson New Single, 'Since U Been Gone,' Most Added At Top 40 Radio.

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway," one of
 the most anticipated albums of 2004, will be released by the RCA Records label
 on Tuesday, November 30th. "Since U Been Gone" was the No. 1 most-added song
 at Mainstream Top 40 radio this week, adding to the buzz for the CD, which has
 reached a fever pitch. Billboard Magazine wrote: "This is an utterly ideal
 showcase for Clarkson. There's glorious tempo, enough edge to rattle the
 speakers, a relentless, big-game hook -- and it's a huge leap forward for the
 entertainer as a more confident, ever-maturing vocalist."
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     Her first album, "Thankful", released in 2003, debuted at No. 1 on The
 Billboard Hot 100 and included the No. 1 single "A Moment Like This" plus the
 top 5 smash hit "Miss Independent". Certified double platinum, "Thankful" was
 the perfect introduction to Clarkson.
     "I had a lot more experience coming into the second album," Clarkson says.
 "I knew exactly what I wanted and who I wanted to work with."
     The album begins with the title track, "Breakaway," one of this year's
 mega-hits reaching #1 on all Top 40 radio outlets.
     "Since U Been Gone," is the second track on the new album. Clarkson
 describes the song as an "empowering anthem." It's the only track on the album
 not recorded in Los Angeles. "I went to Max Martin's studio in Sweden. We
 recorded it there with Max and the co-writer of the song, Lukasz Gottwald. The
 first time I heard the song I thought it was a little poppy, so I asked if we
 could rock the track a little. We put some heavier guitars and harder drums on
 it. Now it's explosive".
     Clarkson co-wrote six songs on the album, including "Behind These Hazel
 Eyes" with Max Martin and Lukasz Gottwald, as well as "Because of You" with
 Ben Moody and David Hodges, formerly of Evanescence.
     Clarkson also recorded six songs co-written by Kara Dioguardi, including
 "Gone," "Where Is Your Heart," and "You Found Me." "Kara is one of the best
 writers I've ever met," says Kelly. "She's passionate and very much an
 emotional writer," 'Gone,' which Kara wrote with John Shanks, is feisty and
 uptempo. " It'll be a great song to perform live. I love "You Found Me"
 because it's a happy song and the rest of the album is a bit on the darker
     Clarkson and Dioguardi also teamed up to write "Hear Me," along with Clif
 Magness. " 'Hear Me' is the message I really want people to get from this
 album, sometimes I just want to be heard," Kelly explains. "I don't care if
 you like my opinion or if you care what I'm saying, just listen. Indulge me.
 I wrote this song about being in a crowd, you're screaming at the top of your
 lungs and no one is listening. You are invisible. That's what I feel like
 sometimes. It's a very therapeutic song for me to listen to.  I think everyone
 can relate to it."
     The album concludes with a live version of "Beautiful Disaster," a song
 Clarkson originally recorded for her first album. "The lyrics are so
 beautiful," Kelly stresses. " Writer Matthew Wilder and I wanted to do a piano
 version. We did it on tour and everybody flipped over it.  I thought it would
 be great to add it to the record for the people who didn't get a chance to see
 me perform it live."
     The album producer is Clive Davis with A&R by Stephen Ferrera. Clarkson is
 managed by Simon Fuller for 19 Management.
      The complete track listing for "Breakaway" is:
      Written by M. Gerrard/B. Benante/A. Lavigne
      Produced by John Shanks
      Since U Been Gone
      Written by Martin Sandberg/Lukasz Gottwald
      Produced by Max Martin and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald for Maratone
      Behind These Hazel Eyes
      Written by Kelly Clarkson/Martin Sandberg/Lukasz Gottwald
      Produced by Max Martin and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald for Maratone
      Because Of You
      Written by Kelly Clarkson/David Hodges/Ben Moody
      Produced by David Hodges and Ben Moody
      Written by Kara Dioguardi/John Shanks
      Produced by John Shanks
      Written by Kelly Clarkson/David Hodges/Ben Moody
      Produced by David Hodges and Ben Moody
      Where Is Your Heart
      Written by Chantal Kreviazuk/Kelly Clarkson/Kara Dioguardi
      Produced by Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk
      Hear Me
      Written by Kelly Clarkson/Kara Dioguardi/Clif Magness
      Produced by Clif Magness
      Walk Away
      Written by Chantal Kreviazuk/Raine Maida/Kara Dioguardi/Kelly Clarkson
      Produced by Raine Maida, Chantal Kreviazuk and Kara Dioguardi
      You Found Me
      Written by Kara Dioguardi/John Shanks
      Produced by John Shanks
      I Hate Myself For Losing You
      Written by Kara Dioguardi/Jimmy Harry/Shep Solomon
      Produced by Clif Magness
      Beautiful Disaster (Live)
      Written by Matthew Wilder/Rebekah Jordan
      Live Engineer: Toby Francis


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