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Hear Kelly Clarkson’s Electro-Pop Victory Lap ‘Catch My Breath’

The first of three new songs from her November 19 hits collection has arrived

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // October 10, 2012

“I don’t want to be left behind,” Kelly Clarkson begins on “Catch My Breath,” one of three new tracks from her November 19 Greatest Hits – Chapter 1. American Idol’s most successful champion demonstrates just how she plans to keep up with the young guns on the triumphant midtempo song, which moderately incorporates the EDM builds recently in favor with everyone from Pink to Taylor Swift (#shockedface). Clarkson’s always-powerful voice still sets her apart from the club-pop pack. If there’s a whiff of lite-FM maturity, it feels earned: Clarkson has said the song “represents who I’ve been, what I’ve felt, and where I’m headed as not only an artist but as a 30 year old.” The rest of her hits collection’s track list hasn’t been announced yet, but here’s hoping her career arc after Chapter 1 turns out to be less Backstreet Boys post-2001’s Hits: Chapter One, and more Jay-Z post-2002’s Greatest Hits: Chapter One. (Though maybe she can skip the whole Kingdome Come part.)