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Kelly Clarkson: Clive Davis' Memoir Has False Information About My Music!

Kelly Clarkson: Clive Davis' Memoir Has False Information About My Music!

Kelly Clarkson responds to Clive Davis‘ memoir The Soundtrack of My Life, which addresses her musical success.

The 30-year-old singer wrote on her WhoSay blog, “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.”

Kelly added, “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.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Kelly’s letter about Clive Davis?

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Hey y’all,

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 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 it’s 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!

KC

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33 Responses to “Kelly Clarkson: Clive Davis' Memoir Has False Information About My Music!”

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  1. 26
    Dance in the Dark Says:

    Shut up Kelly you fat slob.

  2. 27
    GR Says:

    I think most music moguls try to manipulate their artists for profit. Clive promoted Whitney in her first decade as a white washed music artist. Yes “Because Of You” is an amazing song and Kelly sang it with lots of soul
    Strange because Clive usually has a great ear. Big balls on her for speaking up to Clive! She is badass, and refreshingly natural, plus she sang live at the inauguration! Go girl!

  3. 28
    Nina Says:

    this makes me appreciate My December even more now

  4. 29
    hyl Says:

    nothing against Katy Perry,Rihanna,Lana Del Rey,Beyonce etch..but,I just REALLY thinks that SHE IS the best singer of our generation.Im not joking.this,along-side ‘my december’ shows why.KELLY FOREVER

  5. 30
    KissThis Says:

    Kelly is amazing! I absolutely love her and I’m happy she had the guts to set the record straight. Now we all know what kind of man Davis is. That’s pretty sad. I too have looked up to him for years. For someone to belittle anyone and tell them their work/songs are sh!tty is low and disgusting.

  6. 31
    SRIDIVINE Says:

    poor Clive Davis.. Kelly has alot of publicity right now so HE IS USING KELLY…perhaps to sell his memoir…btw clive davis THANKS! THIS TIME “MY DECEMBER” will HUGELY publicized….KELLY IS THE ONLY ARTIST WHO WROTE ALL HER SONGS IN ONE ALBUM..what a TALENNNNNTTT!

  7. 32
    whateveritisitshallbe Says:

    I absolutely adore Kelly for once again setting the record straight.

    This is not and probably will not be the last time that she’ll have to speak about this but what amazes me is that she hasn’t changed her story whatsoever from the moment this has happened. ANYONE who has followed Kelly, her career, and the craziness that was My December knows that every single time she has spoken about this, the mistreatment bestowed upon her, and how she was essentially belittled because she dared to speak against Clive Davis KNOWS she’s telling the truth.

    There was absolutely no reason for him to talk about Kelly in his memoir. To be quite honest, he’s not even truly the reason she’s as known as she is right now. She’s done that with pure talent and determination. That’s not to say that he didn’t play a part in the beginning of her career, because he did. But he didn’t hold her hand like he essentially did with Whitney. That’s who he should have been focusing on when it comes to which artists he’s helped along the way. But considering he wasn’t always the best nor had the best intentions with Whitney either, I can understand why he would feel the need to bring this up once again.

    Given who Clive Davis is and how much clout he has in the industry, why would Kelly want to sabotage her career in this manner? She has absolutely NOTHING to gain and EVERYTHING to lose. She’s not being whiny, pathetic, ungrateful or whatever else anyone wants to say what she is; she’s simply coming back with the truth in which lies have been spoken out against her. Matter of fact, before speaking on this, go back and do your research. It’s clear who is in the wrong here and their name certainly isn’t Kelly Clarkson.

  8. 33
    Anne Says:

    Go Kelly! Got to love that girl!

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