Clarkson’s performance of the 1989 track arrives days before the release of her new singles, “Me” and “Mine”
Kelly Clarkson is getting into her Taylor Swift feels as she prepares to release new music.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Grammy winner performed a touching cover of Swift’s 1989 track “Clean” for the daily Kellyoke segment that opens the NBC program.
“Rain came pouring down / When I was drowning, that’s when I could finally breathe / And by morning / Gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean,” crooned Clarkson, 40, as she delivered a powerful rendition of the 2014 song.
For the performance, the American Idol winner sported a long black dress with matching boots and a chunky belt with her hair in a simple ponytail.
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“Clean” was released as the final track on the standard edition of 1989 and co-written by Swift with Imogen Heap.
Clarkson is currently gearing up to release two new singles — “Me” and “Mine” — on Friday ahead of her upcoming album Chemistry, which she’s described as chronicling “the arc of an entire relationship” — “the good, the bad, the ugly.”
Last week, she teased “Me” on Instagram — including a lyric that seems to directly respond to her 2015 love song “Piece by Piece,” written about ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. After nearly seven years of marriage, the pair divorced in 2020.
“I don’t need somebody to hold me / Don’t need somebody to love me / Don’t need somebody to pick these pieces up,” sang Clarkson in the a cappella clip. “I put together my broken / Let go of the pain I’ve been holdin’ / Don’t need to need somebody / When I got me.”
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The confident lyrics appear to call back to the chorus of “Piece by Piece,” a song that praised then-husband Blackstock, 46, for providing affection and care to Clarkson and their children that the “Walk Away” performer didn’t receive from her own father.
“Piece by piece, he collected me / Up off the ground where you abandoned things / Piece by piece, he filled the holes / That you burned in me at 6 years old,” she sings on the 2015 song, referencing the age she was when her own parents got divorced.
She also teased “Mine” on Instagram last week, revealing the lyrics: “Someone’s gonna show you how a heart can be used / Like you used mine.”
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