Love So Soft

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"Love So Soft"
A woman wearing a yellow dress standing on a white field; top-center, the artist "Kelly Clarkson" and the title "Love So Soft" are printed in yellow sans-serif typefaces
Single by Kelly Clarkson
from the album Meaning of Life
A-side "Move You"
Released September 7, 2017 (2017-09-07)
Format
Recorded 2017
Genre
Length 2:52
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Jesse Shatkin
Kelly Clarkson singles chronology
"Softly and Tenderly"
(2016)
"Love So Soft" / "Move You"
(2017)
"Christmas Eve"
(2017)

"Softly and Tenderly"
(2016)
"Love So Soft"/"Move You"
(2017)
"Christmas Eve"
(2017)
Music video
"Love So Soft" on YouTube

"Love So Soft" is a song by American singer Kelly Clarkson, from her eighth studio album, Meaning of Life (2017). Written by Mozella, Priscilla Renea, and Jesse Shatkin, and produced by Shatkin, it features a session appearance by the American soul band Earth, Wind & Fire. A soul-trap R&B anthem, it was released by Atlantic Records alongside "Move You" as a double A-side from the album on September 7, 2017. The song was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.[4]

Composition[edit]

"Love So Soft" is a soul-trap R&B anthem[2][3][1] written and produced by Mozella, Priscilla Renea, and Jesse Shatkin.[5] It features session appearances by the American soul band Earth, Wind & Fire led by Verdine White and Gary Bias.[6] Critics noted the song's soulful sound and its departure from the usual mainstream pop sound of Clarkson's previous releases.[7][8] NPR's Karen Gwee noted that the song makes a familiar emphasis on percussion over melody but was surprised that its chorus was chanted rather than belted — a surprising move for Clarkson.[8] Hugh McIntyre of Forbes described the trap verses as "odd" on its own, but is complimentary harmonized "when the horns kick in and bring the soul the song needed".[3] Idolator's Mike Wass compared the song as from the '90s, but is also quintessentially 2017, describing it as falling closer to the Back to Basics-era Christina Aguilera in its blend of old and new.[9]

Release and reception[edit]

"Love So Soft" was released by Atlantic Records as the lead single from Meaning of Life alongside "Move You" on September 7, 2017. Both songs marked as Clarkson's first single release from the label. The track was sent to American radio stations from September 11–12, 2017.[10][11]

In her review of the track for NPR, Gwee praised Clarkson's vocals as it pulls the song from ubiquitous-anonymous, grocery aisle territory, and noted that there are only few others who have her easy confidence and her vocal ability.[8] Reviewing for Forbes, Hugh McIntyre despite the song failing to have the immediate punch that previous album-introducers like "Since U Been Gone" or "My Life Would Suck Without You" managed, that it appears to be the point — that "This is an older, wiser, more experienced Kelly Clarkson, one who has now been in the business for 15 years, refused to accept the idea of what a pop star needs to look like, gotten married and become a mom, all while seemingly letting criticism slip away like water off a duck's back."[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

"Love So Soft" was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.[4]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video for "Love So Soft" was released the same day as the track. It was directed by Dave Meyers, whom Clarkson had previously collaborated with on "Breakaway" (2004).[8][9] The video features Clarkson and her background vocalists performing the track in various scenes — including Clarkson wearing a flowing yellow gown that transmutes into butterflies, a series of Clarkson clones with their eyes obscured by hat brims as a nod to Beyoncé's "Formation" video, and a bold zoom into Clarkson in the living room of an avant-garde, cliff-side abode.[8] Critics praised the video as a successful showpiece to the song, with some noting its '90s influence and its "psychedelic" visual effects.[7][8][9][12]

Clarkson performing "Love So Soft" at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto

Live performances[edit]

Clarkson presented "Love So Soft" in an intimate live performance at the Rainbow Room in New York City on September 6, 2017.[13] She premiered the song live on The Today Show on September 8, 2017.[13] She also performed it during the twelfth season finale of America's Got Talent on September 20, 2017. On October 27, 2017, she performed it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, again on The Today Show on October 30, 2017. [14] On November 19, 2017, she performed it at the American Music Awards along with past hit "Miss Independent."

Track listing[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits lifted from Tidal.[6]

Performance credits

Personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[18] 88
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[19] 73
Canada AC (Billboard)[20] 10
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[21] 35
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[22] 10
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[23] 63
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[24] 3
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[25] 31
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[26] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 81
UK Download (Official Charts Company)[28] 55
US Billboard Hot 100[29] 47
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[30] 15
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[31] 7
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[32] 36
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[33] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[34] 21
Venezuela Anglo (Record Report)[35] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[36] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] Gold 500,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

List of releases, showing region, date, format, version, record label, and catalog number
Region Date Format Version Label Catalog number Ref.
Various September 7, 2017 N/A Atlantic USAT21703569 [38]
South Korea September 8, 2017 USAT21703597 [15]
United States September 11, 2017 Adult contemporary radio
  • Atlantic
  • RRP
N/A [10]
September 12, 2017 Contemporary hit radio [11]
Various October 6, 2017
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Cash Cash Remix Atlantic USAT21704061 [16]
Ryan Riback Remix USAT21704063 [17]
Italy October 27, 2017 Contemporary hit radio N/A Warner N/A [39]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Cook-Wilson, Winston (September 7, 2017). "Kelly Clarkson Releases Singles "Love So Soft" and "Move You", Announces New Album Meaning of Life". Spin. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d McIntyre, Hugh (September 7, 2017). "Kelly Clarkson Reappears With A Pair Of New Singles, 'Love So Soft' And 'Move You'". Forbes. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b 60th GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees List Grammy.com, November 28, 2017
  5. ^ Love So Soft (metadata). Kelly Clarkson. Atlantic Recording Corporation/WEA International. 2017. USAT21703569. 
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  7. ^ a b Whitaker, Alexandra (September 7, 2017). "Kelly Clarkson's 2 New Songs Are a Total Departure from Her Usual Music". InStyle. Time Inc. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
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  9. ^ a b c Wass, Mike (September 7, 2017). "Kelly Clarkson Reinvents Herself With "Love So Soft" & "Move You"". Idolator. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
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  39. ^ "Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft RadioDate". All Access Music Group. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 

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