Earlier today we learned that music mogul Clive Davis revealed his bisexuality in his new memoir The Soundtrack to My Life but the topic of his sexuality isn’t the only thing featured in the book. The lion’s share of the content in the book revolves around his storied career in music. One of the stories he shares concerns his feud with Kelly Clarkson over her album My December. According to him, Kelly is described as an emotional mess who made it difficult for him to work with. Kelly, on the other hand, has her own side of the story … and she vehemently refutes his side of the story in an open letter she posted online today. Kelly clearly has no time for what she perceives as Clive’s bullshizz so she wants to set the record straight. Click below to read the full text of Kelly’s letter and see what she has to say about her now infamous feud with Clive Davis.
February 19, 2013 Hey y’all,
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!
While I have to applaud Clive Davis for choosing to come out regarding his sexuality, that really has nothing at all to do with his feud with Kelly Clarkson. I am 100% completely on Team Kelly and I believe every single word she says, wholeheartedly. It takes guts for anyone to stand up to Clive Davis considering how beloved he is in the music industry. I cannot tell you how impressed I am that Kelly Clarkson has NEVER stood idly by and let Davis have the final say about what went down between the two of them. It makes no sense whatsoever for Kelly to lie about any of this. She is a hugely talented musician and I absolutely believe her when she says that it was he who tried to sabotage her. Bravo Bravo BRAVO Kelly for sticking to your guns and having the strength to continue to tell your side of the story. Girl, you are such a talent … you just keep doing your thing and you’ll be just fine. Clive Davis may think he runs the world but in this instance, I think it’s quite clear who is running the show like a boss.