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Kelly Clarkson Clarifies Dr. Luke 'Blackmail' Comment, He Responds

Kelly Clarkson Clarifies Dr. Luke 'Blackmail' Comment, He Responds

Kelly Clarkson has taken to her Twitter account to clarify her comment about being blackmailed by her label into working with Dr. Luke.

“Want to clarify that my current regime at @RCARecords is not the same one who forced me to work w/ Dr. Luke. Peter Edge is rad & a good dude!” the 33-year-old singer tweeted.

Dr. Luke‘s team was contacted by Digital Spy to ask for a comment on Kelly‘s statement. His spokesperson responded by sending an excerpt from Sony Music exec Clive Davis‘ book.

In the book, Clive wrote about how Kelly did not have a good experience working on “Since U Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes” with Luke, though the songs turned out to be big hits.

Click inside to read the excerpt from Clive Davis’ book…

“As Kelly was beginning to work on her second album, a song came in for her to do for the soundtrack of the 2004 film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, which Whitney Houston had co-produced.

“The song was ‘Breakaway’, written by Avril Lavigne, Bridget Benenate and Matthew Gerrard. At first, Kelly didn’t like it and didn’t want to record it, but eventually she relented, and the song became a Top 10 hit for her.

“As we were gathering material for the album, however, I met with the songwriter-producer Max Martin, who had some songs he had written with his partner Luke Gottwald, better known as Dr Luke, that he wanted to play for me. He told me that because of his extensive work with the likes of Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys, he had somewhat gotten a reputation for softer pop artists, and he wanted these songs to be done by rock artists because he was tired of being typecast.

“The songs were ‘Since U Been Gone’ and ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’. I heard them, and told him that I really loved them both. Then I told him that I wanted them for Kelly Clarkson. He instantly lost his cool. ‘Are you crazy?’ he said. ‘Didn’t I tell you that I wanted these songs to go to rock artists? That I didn’t want to be typecast? Now you want to give them to an American Idol winner!’

“The fact is that I wanted Kelly to have those songs for the very reason he had written them. Both songs had a sharp rock edge, but were still capable of being pop hits. They would push Kelly in a promising direction for her, while maintaining and even growing her audience. I had a long relationship with Max dating back to Ace of Base, so I was able to calm him down and try to reason with him. ‘You don’t understand,’ I said. ‘Kelly’s got a great voice, she’s got real potential, and she likes edge. Look, you’ll produce it. You’ll get the right performance. If you don’t get the right performance, I’ll understand if you don’t want to let the songs be used. But you’ve really got to give this a shot. I believe so firmly that this will be great for her. And for you.’ We spent a long time discussing it, and finally, based totally on my relationship with him, he said yes.

“Max and Luke are very strong, hands-on producers in the studio. They are intent on getting perfect vocal performances, and are relentless in that pursuit. It was hard for Kelly, who had come from the high of winning American Idol and then having a double platinum album. You’re young, everybody recognizes you everywhere you go. It’s heady, and all that attention affects all Idol winners.

“But then suddenly you’re in an entirely different world of making records in a studio, and you have to take direction. Kelly didn’t like it. Max and Luke were relentless in getting the right performance of their song. Kelly got her back up, and from her perspective, she had a horrible experience in the studio. She’d never work with them again, she said. Then, after all the work was done, I listened to the performances. They were terrific. I could not have been more thrilled. This was a whole new direction for Kelly, so far away from ‘A Moment Like This’, which defined her first year’s experience.

“Obviously, ‘Miss Independent’ was different as well, but this really was a strong pop-rock departure, and showed real depth and creativity. Everyone loved the end result, and I could just feel the momentum building.

“With the air cleared, I did work on Kelly’s 2009 album All I Ever Wanted. One track I brought in was ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’, written and produced by, lo and behold, Max Martin and Dr Luke.”

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  • Gina

    All his response tells me is that he thinks making hits makes up for the fact that he is severely lacking in character.

  • plez

    It’s doubtful that Clive Davis was in the studio everyday with Kelly and Dr Luke. Thus he does not know what Dr Luke did to get that performance out of Kelly. Based on the book it seems Clive really does not care what Dr Luke does and long as a hit record comes at the end.

    Why Dr Luke would ref that part of the book as a response to Kelly’s statement is crazy. If he was that mean to Kelly (who he was basically working for), we can only guess how mean he was to Kesha (whom he contractually controlled her career.)

  • Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    … But Max Martin was in studio everyday. Max Martin is the most lovely producer of all the time. There are millions of interviews of Taylor, Adele, Jade about it.

    And Kelly said absolutely the same about Max Martin rudeness and don’t want to work with Max Martin too.

  • Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    Could you insert quotes how “that mean” he was, I’m searching and can’t find no one single detail.