Kelly Clarkson dropped the first single from her upcoming seventh studio album this morning. The song, titled "Heartbeat Song," gave me a bit of deja vu when I first listened. Something about the chorus sounded familiar.
Listen to the song here:
At first, I thought the similarity was reminding me of Jessie J's "Price Tag," but the cadence of the chorus's "This is my heartbeat song/ and I'm gonna play it/ been so long I forgot how to turn it up up up up all night long," sounded like something even older to me.
It sounded like Jimmy Eat World:
The similarities become even more stark when you play the two songs at the same time:
Now, to be fair, most pop songs build off the many, many pop songs that have come before. But this is a little too close to seem like a coincidence, and because of the call-back effect, Clarkson's new song sounds 15 years old. That's likely not what the pop singer was trying for.