RUMOR HAS IT...
Record mogul and Grammy Award Winner Clive Davis has just released a new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life
, where he reveals many interesting secrets about his life; some of these secrets are a sneak peak to the 'behind-the-scenes' action with artists we all know and love, in this case, the one and only, Miss Kelly Clarkson. You may be Clive Davis, but no one angers our girl, Kelly Clarkson! Apparently, Clive suggests that in one meeting Kelly broke out into "hysterical sobbing" over the song 'Since U Been Gone' - one of Kelly's mega, Grammy-Award-Winning hits. But, according to Kelly, Clive has his details mixed up. Kelly admits that she DID cry in a meeting with him, but it wasn't about what Clive claims it was. In a blog post written yesterday, Kelly explains:
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.
Kelly, girl, you're a strong, independent woman of the 21st century, and I for one am proud of you for having a voice and using it. Whether it was a malicious move on Clive's part, or maybe he's just getting old and senile, you stood up for yourself. As a wise woman once said, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Oh, and PS: Clive, unless you're a 13-year-old girl, "The Soundtrack of my Life", is the least imaginative title for a memoir ever.