Kelly Clarkson has words for Clive Davis. On Feb. 19, 2013, the pop singer posted to her Twitter and WhoSay accounts a letter to her fans. She begins the letter by writing, “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.”
The memoir is called “The Soundtrack of My Life,” by the 80-year-old legendary music producer Clive Davis. Davis also reveals he’s bisexual.
The “American Idol” winner gives her version of the rumor that she burst into his office “hysterical sobbing” when Davis claims he demanded “Since You Been Gone” be on her album. “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,” said Clarkson. “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.”
The singer also attacks Clive’s comments about “My December.” “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,” said Clarkson. “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.”
The “Stronger” singer ends her rant with, “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.”
Kelly Clarkson’s rant on Clive Davis may not seem all that bold coming from the 30-year-old. Many consider Clarkson to have always been down-to-earth and matter-of-fact. Most fans consider her to be honest and not full of airs.
Will Davis retaliate against the singer, or is Clarkson publicly standing up for herself before the memoir is released a good move on her part?
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