Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson
‘Heartbeat Song’ represents Kelly Clarkson’s musical transformation, completing her traditional pop-rock style with tehno pop. Comparing with the soul ballad ‘Wrapped in Red’, released in November 2014, the new single shows an optimistic and energetic Kelly Clarkson, similarly to ‘Breakaway’ period.
As suggested by its title, the ‘Heartbeat Song’ debuts with the image of a heartbeat that stops, as a couple fights and the woman leaves him. The heartbeat unexpectedly recovers, suggesting that the desire to love as expressed by Kelly Clarkson is stronger than any possible obstacle, the woman, as well as other characters find their way to overcome the painful moment of separation.
The video is a collection of love stories, successively presented. ‘Heartbeat Song’ is a mixture of personal scenes associated with each couple, while the presence of the artist is reduced, being shown in a bright background, suggesting the positive feelings developed by a new relationship. The initial scenes of ‘Heartbeat Song’ include a SMS texted on a phone and the lonely walk on a railway.
The following scenes present the sad moments of a separation, as represented by a woman cutting her hair, in order to symbolically start a new chapter of her life or the notes on the personal diary. Once the former love story is over, each character performs activities to make them forget as walking the pets, taking a bike ride, which get them closer to a new relationship as they meet special persons.
As they start a new love story, the couples formed, including a gay couple, happily share their time by drinking coffee on the floor, playing the guitar or kissing the other one through a lattice bench. ‘Heartbeat Song’ ends with the same image of a heartbeat, but this time is a constant rhythm, as the broken heart of each character was healed through a new love.
‘Heartbeat Song’ was released in January 2015, as the leading single of Kelly Clarkson’s seventh album ‘Piece by Piece’. The song benefits of Kelly Clarkon’s contribution as songwriter, completed by Jason Evigan, Mitch Allan, Kara DioGuardy and Audra Mae, also writing songs for Celine Dion, Avicii or Demi Lovato. ‘Heartbeat Song’ was produced by Greg Kurstin, mastering Sia’s ‘Chandelier’, Dido’s ‘End of Night’ and Ellie Goulding’s ‘Burn’.
The video associated with ‘Heartbeat Song’ was directed by Marc Klasfeld, previously creating for Charli XCX ‘Break The Rules’, David Guetta ‘Lovers On The Sun’ or Tokio Hotel ‘Love Who Loves You Back’. Released in January 2015, the video presents the stories of common couples separating and finding love again.