Kelly Clarkson is known as a pop star, but in the 10 years since being crowned the first American Idol, she has recorded duets with country stars Reba, Jason Aldean and Vince Gill– but not a single pop star. The reason? Pop stars turned her down on eight separate occasions.
“I have, like, 5,000 duets in country music,” Kelly told the Huffington Post. “I don’t have one in pop. That’s legitimately because everyone turns me down. I’m not even kidding. I’ve asked sooo many artists to sing with me. Everyone legitimately turns me down! The only one that hasn’t was Chris Daughtry.”
Kelly, who has been a Nashville resident for the last six years, will release her first Greatest Hits collection on November 19. Her “Don’t You Wanna Stay” duet with Jason Aldean will be included as well as a few new songs including “Don’t Rush,” the soulful country tune she recorded with Vince Gill. Despite her ties to country music, she’s not planning to leave her pop career behind just yet.
“I’m not ever gonna be one thing,” she said. “I want great music. I don’t care what it is. I’m not gonna record a country song just to be on country radio. I want it to be something I’d legitimately have on my album, if I’m having a pop, R&B, whatever album. I guess it’s hard for people to wrap their heads around. I don’t want to be pigeonholed.”