Video premiere: Kelly Clarkson's 'Dark Side' on VH1's 'Unplugged'
Kelly Clarkson is giving her dance-floor anthems and break-up jams the VH1 “Unplugged” treatment.
On the heels of her recently released album, "Stronger," which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200, the 29-year-old taped an intimate showcase of stripped-down versions of tracks from the album, as well as fitting in one of her massive hits and the cover of Carrie Underwood’s “I Know You Won’t,” which earned her a rousing ovation during a free show at West Hollywood's Troubadour last month.
It’s been nearly a decade since Clarkson was crowned the first "American Idol." Though she's since become a force on the charts with her sassy pop-rock anthems, she revealed to The Times in a recent feature that “Stronger” is a first of sorts for her. The record is the first she's released without having to battle record label brass.
"Literally every album, except this album, I've had to really push for songs or say no on certain stuff," Clarkson told The Times. "It's very easy, obviously, for people when their main goal is to make money. But I don't want to do the same formula as someone else. I want to do my own thing. This album has been a piece of cake. There's no way to describe it. I'm just waiting for the kick in the butt."
“Stronger” is full of sassy pop hooks and dance-floor punch on songs such as the lead single, "Mr. Know It All"; its follow-up, "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)"; and the deceptively titled "Dark Side," all of which she performs on the upcoming special, premiering Thursday.
Watch an exclusive clip of Clarkson performing “Dark Side” after the jump:
Tickets for selected dates of her upcoming Stronger Tour go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. The tour kicks off Jan. 13 in Mashantucket, Conn., and makes a stop in L.A. at the Nokia Theatre on April 3. More information on the trek can be found here.
"VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson" premieres on the network's website at 7 p.m. Thursday and then on VH1 at 11 p.m. Friday.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Kelly Clarkson. Credit: RCA Records