Kelly Clarkson Posts An Open Letter Putting Clive Davis On BLAST!

"I refuse to be bullied"

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!

KC

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.

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  1. Team Kelly all the way!!!

    Clive has a great legacy professionally, but I really started to wonder about him after he didn’t cancel his Grammy party when Whitney died that very day in the very same hotel. Clearly he puts $$$ before treating people like human beings.

    • “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 (My December). It never had a chance to reach it’s full potential.”

      I think that is very telling. For music to be successful, it has to be heard by the masses. That is one of the only roles that record labels play right now, funding the buzz and letting the public know that music exists. If he was trashing the cd to his own company, clearly they were never intending to promote it.

    • @Krissy — “I really started to wonder about him after he didn’t cancel his Grammy party when Whitney died that very day in the very same hotel”

      I so agree. The man may be a genius in some regards but not in all.

  2. Alecia

    Kelly doesn’t take BS from anyone, even Simon so I agree with what she says. I understand Clive Davis wanting to tell his life story but I’m with you Krissy in how he didn’t even stop the party after Whitney passed- so it’s hard to really believe that he is genuine about everything he does.

  3. Team Kelly all the way! She is such a bad ass and she is totally my hero. I love that she stands up for herself as an artist and doesn’t let her art defined by someone else.

    All I can say is YOU GO GIRL!!!! The music industry needs more artists like you!

  4. good for Kelly. there’s been plenty of stories of how Clive handles artist and its about time someone spoke the truth.

  5. CB

    What a great role model for young girls everywhere – how to stand up for yourself but at the same time keep your cool and stay classy. Love you Kelly.

    • Karen

      So true! I’m glad she told her story also because she makes it clear that she stood up for herself *earlier* in her career, before she was as successful as she is right now. Such a great example to set.

      I didn’t know anything about this feud, but I totally believe Kelly. I wouldn’t be surprised if Clive took a personal dislike to her because she wasn’t totally subservient to him, and if that led him to try to exert more power over her, and then to react negatively to her work when she still wasn’t buckling. I’ve had that happen to me with people in positions of power. Honestly, when you’re a strong woman, especially on the younger side, powerful men can have such an intensely negative reaction. Even before you do anything, it’s like they can sense that you won’t be rolled over. So proud of her for prevailing.

  6. Silly

    It’s not just Kelly Clarkson who deals with big music moguls treating musicians like peons, so I believe what she says as well. It’s the nature of the music industry if you want to be big… that’s what you end up dealing with.

  7. Joanna

    I too am totally on team Kelly and commend her for not taking any crap from Clive Davis regarding her musical slump in 2007. She was able to come back from that bigger and in some ways better than before. I truly didn’t think she was going to be relevant anymore after that feud. Although it wasn’t explicitly stated anywhere, I have always maintained the idea that her song “My Life Would Suck Without You” was kinda Kelly making some concessions and agreeing that she may not have been as successful as she has been if it wasn’t for him. Clive Davis is a musical genius and should be viewed in that way and I commend Kelly for standing up to him and saying that she’s her own person and won’t be bullied into doing something to please someone else.

  8. Team Kelly. Team Kelly so hard, i’m making myself a damn tshirt!

  9. blueseashellgirl

    Just so Kelly & Clive knows, My December was her best album ever! I love all of her music but those truly heartfelt songs are the total bomb! Team Kelly!

  10. That’s my girl!!!

  11. Ella

    I wish the media didn’t focus on her weight or her “feuds.” Kelly Clarkson is not only an amazing vocalist, but she is a role model for girls and women everywhere. Just think about the cajones it takes to step up to one of the biggest kahunas in the business you are in. GO GIRL! TEAM KELLY!

  12. kelly is obviously awesome. i have always been especially impressed with the level of autonomy she has managed to achieve, considering she came from the pop music machine that is american idol. very similar to what girls aloud also managed to do.

  13. Danggg Kelly! Tellin it like it is! Love it. LOVE IT.

  14. So we’re all agreed on Team Kelly then? :)

  15. Madison

    I love kelly and I’m on her side with this one… but I totally cringed at the wrong “its” that she used in the fourth paragraph. Come on K-dawg, you couldn’t have someone else read over it before submitting it to the public?

  16. Team Kelly, all the way!!! I loved her before and I love her even more now. I myself think My December is her best work to date.

  17. I am so Team Kelly it’s not even funny. And I hope this makes people question every negative story Clive put in his memoir. I’m sure he didn’t expect anyone to refute his claims since he is so powerful, I am sure he put more misleading stories in there to make him look good. KELLY FTW.

  18. Team Kelly all the way. I totally believe everything happened they way she described it. Clive may be brilliant, a genius even, but he and other music “execs” forget they need the artists more than the artists need them. I can’t stand the bullshizz in the music industry. People with real talent are overlooked because they don’t sell out and play the game the way the “execs” want them do. The listening public is offered glossy, over-produced mediocre talent instead of the real deal just because lesser endowed artists are more inclined to play lap dog to the egomaniacs in charge of the business end. I am glad Kelly was confident enough in her self-worth to push back. I hope Clive likes the taste of manure because he just got a shovel full of it.

  19. So proud of Ms. Kelly! And btw “My December” is one of my all time favorite albums!

  20. From what I have read, Whitney was resenting him in the last few years before his death, too. I totally believe he said those inappropriate things to Kelly. And hats off to girlfriend for setting the record straight. And Clive comes off as the old troll that messages young guys on adam4adam.

  21. melissa

    Def Team Kelly – - Plus I remember when “Because of You” came out it was well known that she had to fight to get that song on the album. She’s amazing!

  22. My December is her greatest body of work-hands down. It is the only album that can give me shivers because that is just how hauntingly beautfiul some of those songs. That album got me thru some pretty serious shit. Musical savant or not-Clive is kinda of a douchenozzle.

  23. This kind of makes me want to go out and buy My December, as a gesture of support for Kelly!

  24. Team Kelly. And for the record, my FAV album of hers is “My December.” It’s so real and the music is all so different and her voice soars.

  25. I think I’ll go buy another copy of My December soon, I’ll put my money behind my support. I recall when Katy Perry couldn’t get out of her contract and she had to literally steal her music in order to get it released the right way. This is not news to the record industry. But damn straight Kelly needs support – she created her work with integrity and that’s way more valuable than conforming to a mogul’s rein. I’m supportive of his “coming out” and that’s 100% commendable, but Kelly deserves to be left out of the fray in this instance. I remember her recent Grammy acceptance speech, and I can’t wait to hear more from her!

  26. I’m probably going to get totally skewered for this but I’m not on team Kelly here…not that I’m on team CD either. I just don’t know why this girl is so addicted to burning bridges. This stinks highly of that ridiculous Ryan Tedder incident and I just feel like while she totally has a right to stand up for herself, this is the hands-on-my-hips justification of a teenage girl. If you’re that great, Kelly, you’re fans won’t give a shit what CD says about you. Let your music speak for itself.

  27. MJ

    No one puts Kelly in a corner!

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