November 6, 2011 11:00 PM

With new CD, singer Kelly Clarkson is stronger — and happy

Nearly a decade has passed since Kelly Clarkson was crowned the first “American Idol.” Though the 29-year-old singer has since become a force on the charts with her sassy pop-rock anthems, she admits her new disc, “Stronger,” is a first of sorts for her. It’s the first she’s released without having to battle label brass.

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