As many of you may have already heard, Clive Davis is gearing up to release a new memoir about his life and his well respected career in the music industry. For those of you that have been living under a rock over the last few decades, Clive the man credited for bringing us such iconic talents such as Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera & Jennifer Hudson (just to name just a few). Well not everyone on Clive’s roster of powerhouse diva’s is celebrating the release of his memoir… Kelly Clarkson is also a who Clive took under his wing in her early career and let’s just say their relationship was never a smooth ride. I think Kelly & Clive definitely fall under the “frienemey” category!
It seems that Clive struck a nerve (once again) with Kelly when she found out about some of the details pertaining to her section in his memoir which she claims is straight-out fiction and took to her blog to clarify. She also took the liberty of providing us with a couple of details that Clive left out of his story which gives us a more complete picture of the man he really is as apposed to the one he just wants you to think he is.
Without further adieu, here is Kelly’s epic verbal smack-down in response to Clive…
“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!
All I can say is I respect Kelly Clarkson with all my heart. She is a true artist with a true gift and has stood up for her herself and her music. She has NEVER bowed down to the big-wig industry people in fear of ruffling their feathers… As a matter of fact, I think she likes giving these pretentious suits a healthy does of rock & roll rebellion!!