Kelly Clarkson Publicly Rips Clive Davis a New One
Clive Davis is having quite a day. First the legendary music exec publicly admitted he’s a fan of the peen (well, a part-time fan of it anyway), and now he’s gone and pissed off Kelly Clarkson — who took to the internet to let her fans know there are some serious inaccuracies about her in Davis’ new memoir.
Davis has been making the rounds promoting the release of his autobiography ‘The Soundtrack of My Life,’ and parts of the book have made their way back to some of the recording artists he’s worked with, namely Clarkson. And Miss Independent doesn’t like what she’s hearing.
Blessed with rabid, loyal and loving fans, Kelly wrote her side of the story and tweeted it out for the world to see. Her post is heartfelt, enlightening and, since Davis has a lot of clout in the music biz, maybe a bit risky. They’ve famously butted heads in the past, but she’s a bona fide superstar now. And she’s not letting anyone get away with besmirching her good name — damn the torpedoes and all.
Here’s her statement in its entirety. Big ups, Kel. Big ups.
So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis.
First, he says I burst into “hysterical sobbing” in his office when he demanded ‘Since You Been Gone’ be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn’t be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.
But, yes, I did cry in his office once. I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called ‘Because Of You.’ I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a “sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.” He continued on about how the song didn’t rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing. This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with.
But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn’t include that in the book.
He also goes on to say [my album] ‘My December’ wasn’t successful because I co-penned the album and it didn’t have “pop hits.” Well, first let me say, I’ve co-penned many of my “pop hits.” Secondly, ‘My December’ went platinum. (It sold 20,000 less than ‘All I Ever Wanted’ which followed ‘My December.’) Hardly a huge failure.
‘Never Again,’ the ONLY single they released in the US from that record was a Top 10 hit. I am very proud of that and I have my fans to thank.
But, again, what’s most interesting about his story is what he leaves out: He doesn’t mention how he stood up in front of his company at a convention and belittled me and my music and completely sabotaged the entire project. It never had a chance to reach its full potential. ‘My December’ was an album I needed to make for myself for many reasons and the fact that I was so completely disregarded and disrespected was so disheartening, there really aren’t words to explain …
Anyway, I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans. I love my label and all of my professional relationships … now. And I am grateful for Clive for teaching me to know the difference.
Cheers to another amazing year! And, as always, thanks for listening!