Clive Davis Addresses Kelly Clarkson’s Comments About Memoir
This week, Kelly Clarkson responded to statements in Clive Davis’ memoir The Soundtrack of My Life, writing on Whosay that the current Sony Music chief creative officer’s recounting was inaccurate. Davis apparently described Clarkson being an emotional, crying wreck in his office when requesting changes to her hit “Since U Been Gone.”
Clarkson wrote in response: "[Davis] says I burst into 'hysterical sobbing' in his office when he demanded 'Since U 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 [Martin], Dr. 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."
For those that don’t know, Davis served as A&R for the American Idol winner for her first few albums and singles. The first release he didn’t work with her on, My December, didn’t perform as well commercially, although the album of ballads is still considered a fan favorite.
Davis, essentially, did damage control, responding with a lengthy statement on Twitter. Starting off explaining he considers Clarkson a talented artist and that his memoir simply offers insight into the time they worked together, he tweeted: “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.”
Whose side are you on? Should Davis’ memoir have had those statements about the singer, or is Clarkson overreacting?
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