February 20, 2013 07:00 AM by Donna W. Martin
American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson has been in music industry long enough that she’s not afraid to stand her ground and speak her mind. And when she heard industry executive Clive Davis’ was releasing a memoir with excerpts that cast her in a negative light, she sounded off slamming Davis for the inaccuracies and was quick to set the record straight. Keep reading for more information.
According to US Weekly, Davis’ memoir chronicles his lengthy career in the music industry, but Kelly Clarkson says the parts of his book about her aren’t true and here’s how it really is. “So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music,” she wrote on her WhoSay blog. “I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and my fans.” She continued saying Davis’s claims “feel like a violation” but she’s realized she doesn’t have to take it. “Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis,” she said.
Then she addresses each part of the memoir where she’s mentioned and sets the record straight. “First, he says I burst into ‘hysterical sobbing’ in his office when he demanded ‘Since You Been Gone’ be on my album.” But that’s “not true at all,” she said. “His stories and songs are mixed up.”
“I cried because he hated [Because of You] and told me verbatim that I was a “sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me,” she said. But he didn’t stop there. “He continued on about how the song didn’t rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing.” And Clarkson admits, at the time, Davis’ words cut deep. “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 she said she believed in the song and wouldn’t let it go. “I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit [but he neglected to] include that in the book.”
Clarkson went on to say, “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,” she said referring to her 2007 album, My December. “It never had a chance to reach its full potential [and] the fact I was so completely disregarded and disrespected was so disheartening, there really aren’t words to explain.”
In the end, she adds, “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.”
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