No one really gives a shit about Clive Davis. I mean, sure, we all know what a music industry legend he is and how many great talents he had a hand in signing and turning into popstars, but do we really care? How many occasions in the past 15 years have you spent more than five seconds thinking about Clive Davis? If the answer is “none”, you’re with the rest of us. Still, all grumpy senior citizens (and some annoying young folks) generally feel that need sometime to write their life stories out in book form and try to sell it to the public – such is the case with Clive, who felt like we need to know that he occasionally likes a little boy toy action and to talk major shit on Kelly Clarkson, who obviously wasn’t having it.
After Kelly tore him a new asshole and called him out for basically bullying her for no reason and outright lying about other aspects of her career, Clive did what all the hip kids do and took to social networking to backtrack on all the smacktalk and try to play the big man by wishing her the best (which is, in reality, probably a giant “go f-ck yourself”).
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.
Newsflash, Clive – no one read that book, we just read random paragraphs that online news outlets chose to publish. That’s more than enough for my liking. I’m Team Kelly on this one.
February 20, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Davis writes in his book that he fought with Kelly Clarkson about her album Breakaway. He said that he had to fight with Ms. Clarkson to include Since U Been Gone on the album and that Clarkson burst into tears over it. Davis was also very vocal (haha see what I did there?) about his dislike for Clarkson’s third album, My December. He hated it, didn’t think there were any potential hits on it, and wanted nothing to do with Clarkson. And even after Clarkson’s success, he refers to her in the book as a “talent contest winner” and that if not for her win on American Idol, he wouldn’t have signed her. It’s kind of a weird thing to say about her considering that she’s done very well for herself and has the stats to prove it. Clarkson gives us her insight.
From her blog:
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 [sic] 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!
Boom, Davis. That’s what you get for thinking you’re…Mr. Know It All. YEEEEEEAAAAHHHH!
…actually, listening to that song (Mr. Know It All) it sounds like maybe it could be about Davis…I’m not saying it is…I’m just saying it totally could be.
February 20, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Clive Davis, superstar record producer, is coming out as bisexual in his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life. The 80 year-old music executive has won 5 Grammy Awards and has launched careers for (to name a few) Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Carlos Santa, Leona Lewis, and Christina Aguilera.
Davis describes in his book a sexual encounter with a man at Studio 54 that changed his life. (Classic Studio 54.)
Via Rolling Stone
On this night, after imbibing enough alcohol, I was open to responding to his sexual overtures. [Being with a man] was a welcome relief.
After this experience he divorced from his wife, entered relationships with both a man and a woman at the same time, and in 1990 exclusively dated a male doctor. After that ended in 2004 Davis has dated men ever since.
The book also discusses the aftermath of coming out to his sons, his early years in music, and some career highlights and lows. There’s some interesting stuff in there, like how he convinced Bruce Springsteen’s manager that Springsteen’s 1973 album Greetings From Ashbury Park, N.J. needed more radio friendly songs, and thus Blinded By The Light was added. He also talks about his sadness over Whitney Houston’s downward spiral and his shock along with the rest of the world that Milli Vanilli were not the real voices behind their songs, but were merely lip-synching to another artist’s singing. (Not sure if I believe this one.)
The book is co-written by Rolling Stone Magazine‘s Anthony DeCurtis. It is Davis’s second book, the first being 1975′s Clive: Inside the Record Business.
Good on you, Clive.