Kelly Clarkson track leaks 'hurt' songwriters

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson says she was most concerned about the careers of songwriters after songs from her new album leaked online.

A total of 75 new tracks appeared on the web in July, following a "major hacking situation".

She was upset about the songs appearing online but said it hurt the people who wrote songs for her more.

"A lot of people who I write with, that's their livelihood," said Clarkson.

"The tracks leak and people hear my voice on it, it's really hard to get another artist to cut a song that another artist has been heard singing."

'Angry'

The 29-year-old singer/songwriter, who has more than two million Facebook fans, had just got back from a holiday in Tahiti when she found out about the leak in July.

It's not clear how the tracks were stolen and put online.

"We've got a couple of the people who were responsible for some of it. You can find everybody and we did," the singer said.

"I'm angry for the other writers because it rips that opportunity away from them.

"I'm glad people want to hear music from me, that's great, but it's really the songs which weren't meant to be out there that really takes away from peoples' livelihood. That's how they make their money.

"Not so much me, I make money in different areas. Having something stolen from you is not the best thing in the world."

Kelly Clarkson, who won the first American Idol in 2002, released her fifth album Stronger on 24 October.