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“Idol” Version Of Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece By Piece” Sent To Pop, Hot AC Radio, Debuts on iTunes

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Kelly Clarkson’s emotional “American Idol” performance has already produced a monstrous sales boost for “Piece By Piece”. More than three days have passed since what was the most powerful “Idol” performance in years, and the album version is still #1 on iTunes.

Clarkson and RCA are hoping that the exposure will result in more than a mere sales boost for the original album cut. In addition to an iTunes launch, RCA Records has serviced a newly recorded “Idol version” (see: ballad version) to pop, hot adult contemporary, and adult contemporary radio.

A previously promoted “radio mix” garnered a lukewarm reception from hot adult contemporary programmers; it peaked just inside the Top 30 on the Mediabase airplay chart this past January. It was not even promoted to pop.

Whether RCA decides to go all-in on a renewed push — and whether programmers are receptive to such a push — remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that Clarkson’s epic performance made the music world take notice of the title track from her 2015 album.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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