Since Kelly Clarkson’s been gone, have you missed her?

The original American Idol’s last album, My December, and subsequent tour didn’t exactly strike a chord with fans—at least in comparison with her 2004 smash, Breakaway.

The songbird is set to launch a new single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” in January, followed by a new album dropping in March. This comes nearly a year after her fourth album was rumored to debut. Tracks from that attempt were leaked and the recording was abandoned as Clarkson went on tour with Reba McEntire.

Clarkson’s forgettable 2007 included bad buzz for My December, the scrapping of her tour due to lousy ticket sales and several much-publicized feuds, including one with record boss Clive Davis and another with her managers.

Has she bitten the hands that feed her a few too many times, or are we ready to get behind those hazel eyes once again?