Singer Kelly Clarkson isn’t backing down from Clive Davis. The songstress took to the internet Tuesday to express her dismay at passages Davis wrote about her in The Soundtrack of My Life, the label executive’s newly released memoir.
Clarkson disputes Davis’ interpretation of their professional relationship and the widely publicized creative battle that erupted during the recording of Breakthrough, the singer’s second album.
The songstress detailed her feelings about Davis and his memoir in an online post on the WhoSay website:
“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.”
The Huffington Post writes that in his memoir, Davis claims the singer fought his advice regarding the inclusion of two songs on Breakthrough, saying Carkson “burst into hysterical sobbing” when he pushed the issue. Both were eventually added and became successful tracks, which he credits as furthering her career.
Kelly Clarkson vehemently disagrees:
“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**ty 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.”
“As anyone who has read The Soundtrack of My Life knows, I think Kelly Clarkson is a tremendous vocal talent and performer. In the book, I provide an in-depth look at our years together during which we shared major multi-platinum success, as well as a few creative differences. I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together. Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all. The chapter as it is written was thoroughly verified by each and every one of them. I stand by the chapter as written in my book. At the same time I wish, and will always wish, Kelly’s talent and her career to soar to ever new heights.”
What do you think of Kelly Clarkson and Clive Davis’ online battle of words?