Music mogul Clive Davis will be releasing a memoir soon titled The Soundtrack of My Life in which he details many a juicy back story about himself as well as the talented artists he’s worked with. One little tid bit that’s gotten everyone in a flurry is his admittance to being a bisexual. Yet what’s really got people talking are his admissions about one Ms. Kelly Clarkson.
As we all know, Kelly won the first season of American Idol and the key to America’s heart way back in 2002. The prize allotted Kelly the chance of a lifetime, to be signed with Clive Davis! In the ten plus years since, Kelly and Clive have had a number of public issues (most notably over her third studio album My December) and in his book Clive shares a little about their troubled history. Clive claims that Kelly once had a hysterical crying fit in his office over her song Since You Been Gone. After hearing about his accusation, Kelly took to her blog to clear the air:
“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!”
Whichever side you choose to believe, it’s obvious these two have a heated past. We hope the drama has subsided now with both giving their sides of the story!