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You'll Never Guess Which Iconic Celeb is Featured on Kelly Clarkson's New Album

Hint: he's a legend behind the banjo! (And he's funny, too).

By Jackie Manno
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In light of Kelly Clarkson's much-anticipated upcoming album Chemistry, the singer revealed that a very special beloved star will be featured on one of the new tracks. The name in question? The one and only Steve Martin. 

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That's right. The actor and musician whose comedy career spans five decades is on Clarkson's yet-to-be-released song titled "I Hate Love".

“I still can’t believe it happened!” Clarkson told ET Canada in excitement. “I reference him in a song, and this movie he’s in and he’s such an incredible banjo player and musician,” she added before giving fans a detail about the song's sound. “I was like ‘I wonder if he would play on it’ because it’s like a pop punk song, ‘I wonder if he’d do it,’ and he said yes!”

She then went on to explain how much she has looked up to Martin, and what the collaboration means to her. “Movies can be really ingrained in like a part of our lives and [they’re] so nostalgic, just like music. And so, you know, to be able to work with someone that’s just been in my life, like visually, since I was a little girl is incredible,” she gushed. 

As for what Martin's contributions will entail for the track, listeners will just have to wait until the June 23 release date to find out.

Kelly Clarkson and Steve Martin.

Chemistry is going to be a whirlwind of emotions, according to Clarkson herself. 

"It's called Chemistry because I was trying to find a word—also, it might be one of the songs on the album—but I was trying to find a word that really described the whole thing," Clarkson said. "Because I didn't want everyone to think I was just coming out with some, 'I'm angry, I'm sad' [album], just one or two emotions. This album is definitely the arc of an entire relationship. A whole relationship shouldn't be just brought down to one thing. So there's the good, the bad, and the ugly kinda thing going on. Chemistry can be a really amazing sexy, cool, fun thing, but it can also be very bad for you. So that's why I named it Chemistry. I thought it was the perfect title to describe the entire album." 

"Having chemistry with someone is an incredible, and overwhelming, feeling," Clarkson added on Instagram. "It’s like you have no choice in the matter. You are just drawn to each other. This can be good and bad. This album takes you down every path that chemistry could lead you down. We decided to release [the first singles] 'mine' and 'me' at the same time because I didn’t want to release just one song to represent an entire album, or relationship. There are many stages of grief and loss on this album. Each song is a different stage and emotional state."