While most people are focusing on the bisexual admission Clive Davis makes in his new memoir (including us), it hasn't gone unnoticed that a significant portion of The Soundtrack of My Life revisits the tough times he and Kelly Clarkson endured.
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In the book, Davis writes that Clarkson adamantly did not want Since U Been Gone featured on her CD and that she burst into "hysterical sobbing" when he insisted. Davis also says he didn't believe Clarkson capable of co-penning any hit songs, which is why the two parted ways over her third studio album.
Now, Clarkson has hit back, addressing those two claims in particular in a new blog post.
"So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music," Clarkson writes. "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."
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"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."
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"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 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..."
"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."