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Kelly Clarkson Is "Almost" Finished With Full Country Album

Her honky-tonk "Tie It Up" was just the first song from an in-the-works album
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Kelly Clarkson has been flirting with country music since her time on American Idol. But within the last few years, her love for country has exploded: She recorded a hit duet with Jason Aldean in 2010, got engaged to Reba McEntire's stepson last year and dropped a honky-tonk take on a wedding tune, "Tie It Up," this summer.

Now it looks like Clarkson's sideline hobby will turn into a full-time occupation after the original Idol finishes her current tour and releases her upcoming Christmas album, Wrapped In Red.

"We've made almost a whole record," Clarkson told Albany, NY's GNA radio. "We haven't finished because I'm on tour, but we've made a whole record I'll end up releasing."

But don't fret, fans of Kelly the Pop Diva: She isn’t make this a permanent career change.

"With Jewel and Sheryl Crow, they kinda quit in pop and came over to country," Clarkson said. "I love both. I don’t necessarily know if I have one foot in it and one foot in the other."

That's a relief. Because the Kidz Bop Kids desperately need Clarkson's pop music, as evidenced below.

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