American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is pretty peeved at Clive Davis for what she says amounts to “spreading false information” about her in his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life. She is so peeved, in fact, that she took to her blog to set the record straight.
It seems in his version of events, Davis mixed up the song that Kelly cried about and also left out quite a bit of verbal abuse that he bestowed on the “Since You’ve Been Gone” singer.
Clarkson wrote: “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.”
Davis claims she burst into “hysterical sobbing” in his office when he demanded “Since You Been Gone” be on her album. But, she revealed, the song that brought her to tears was “Because of You” and she cried because Davis hated it and called her a shitty writer, saying she should be grateful for the gifts that he bestowed on her. And Davis didn’t stop there — he told her she should “just shut up and sing.” Despite this atrocious treatment, Kelly stood up for her song and her song did very well, topping charts all over the world. The music critics didn’t think she was a shitty writer. They praised the song’s expressive lyrics.
Clarkson also took issue with Clive Davis over his account of why her “My December” wasn’t that successful. David claimed it was because she co-penned the album, which didn’t have “pop hits.” Clarkson pointed out that the album was hardly a failure since it went platinum, and the only single released from it in the USA, “Never Again” was a Top 10 hit. She says that Davis belittled her in front of his company and that his sabotage is what preventing the album from reaching its full potential.
But the “What Doesn’t Kill Me” singer has obviously grown from these experiences and she concluded: “… 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.”