Kelly Clarkson Returns With 'Heartbeat Song'

. (Radio.com) Welcome back, Kelly Clarkson! After a multi-year respite from new music (save, of course, for her 2013 Christmas album Wrapped in Red), the very first American Idol champion is back with her first new single in 2015, "Heartbeat Song."

Clarkson gets back together with Greg Kurstin, who helmed the singer's multi-platinum "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," and getting that kind of power in the booth shows. A bass-led, driving tempo on the verses gives way to halving the speed for a fist-pumping chorus accented by synths.

"This is my heartbeat song and I'm gonna play it/ Been so long, I forgot how to turn it/ Up, up, up all night long," she sings on the chorus, perhaps referencing her time away, during which she had her first child, River Rose.

"Heartbeat Song" is the first single off Clarkson's upcoming album, Piece by Piece. A release date for the record has not yet been announced. Listen to it here.

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