Kelly Clarkson releases a nasty open letter to Clive Davis, saying: ” I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses.”

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One person who’s none-to-happy about Clive Davis‘ memoir is Kelly Clarkson, and she has a lot to say on the matter! The singer has come out accusing Clive of “spreading false information about me and my music” and bullying.

Clarkson is fuming about a passage in which Clive writes that she broke into “hysterical sobbing” when he demanded that smash hit “Since U Been Gone” would be included on Clarkson’s album.

Kelly was so upset, she released an open letter on her website. Here it is:

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!


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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 3:15pm
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February 19th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

What an asshole that guy is!!
Just ignore it, Kelly. Love those songs!

February 19th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

That was a mature letter. She didn’t resort to attacking him personally but laid the facts bare. Massive respect for how she responded, she had every right to speak up.

February 20th, 2013 at 12:19 am

Good on her. Always thought she was a cool one too.

February 21st, 2013 at 10:36 am

Very well said Kelly. I always thought of him (clive davis) as a monster and inconsiderate of other ppl’s feelings. He always seemed like an a**hole to me.

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