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
Kelly Clarkson is engaged, as you probably know, but did you know that her fiancé is Reba McEntire’s stepson? Whaaaat? It doesn’t get more excellently country than that, folks. Reba is absolutely thrilled about the upcoming ceremony, and discussed her excitement about welcoming Kelly to the family during an appearance on Katie with Katie Couric.
“[I'm] thrilled to death, thrilled to death. To have my buddy as my daughter-in-law, I mean, who could ask for more?”
McEntire went on to describe Clarkson as “a big-hearted, very good person”, adding: “[She's] very talented.”
That’s kind of sweet, don’t you think? Especially considering that the women have been collaborators and friends for years. Besides, who wouldn’t want ‘Fancy’ herself as their mother-in-law?
February 14, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Kelly Clarkson – she of the live singing and no gayness – is happily engaged to fiancé Brandon Blackstock and they’re in the midst of planning their dream wedding. My dream wedding is the one that doesn’t exist because weddings are lame, but I’m sure Brelly (that’s what I’m calling Kelly/Brandon – deal with it) are gonna throw a banger.
This story isn’t about weddings, though – not really. It’s more about the fact that Kelly Clarkson is lucky enough to not have to wear a bra 24/7 (I wish!) and was flowing free (and wearing Uggs!) the day her boo proposed in December.
Relaxing at their Nashville home together in December, Clarkson recalls, “Out of nowhere I just said, ‘Thanks for being an awesome guy.’ I’ve never been loved properly by a man, and I was just like, ‘I thank you so much for that.’ ”
What she didn’t realize was that Blackstock, 36, was about to propose. “Not a damn clue!” she says. “If I did I would have worn something besides Uggs and a sweatshirt with no bra.”
First of all, girl, I’m torn about this because really, you don’t need to thank a man for loving you. I get that it’s a wonderful feeling and I’m damn thankful on a daily basis for the love I receive, but thanking your partner implies that they’re doing you a favour. Then again, I’m sure I’ve done the same thing and I wasn’t wearing Uggs, so maybe she’s got a point.
I kid! We love Kelly – she’s one of the most earnest pop singers with next to no pretense and a seemingly great sense of humour – and we wish her the best of luck.
February 7, 2013 at 4:30 am by Jennifer
Yesterday at the Inauguration ceremony, Beyonce had the honor of singing the national anthem with the Marine Corp Band. According to some of my friends, and me too, I guess, her performance was kind of “meh.” It was good, of course, because it was Beyonce, but some people thought that it could have been better. Everybody loved the part where she ripped out her ear piece, of course.
But none of it matters, because she was lip syncing the whole damn thing.
A spokesperson for the Marine Corp Band said that it wasn’t unusual for a singer to record a backup track in big situations like this, but for some reason – the rep didn’t know why – Beyonce just decided to stick with the recording. You know, I guess because the effort was too much to make for the President of the United States*.
But hey, you know who did sing live? Kelly Clarkson:
*Kidding! She might have been sick. Whatevs.
January 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Emily
Ah, Kelly Clarkson—another one of my most favorite people to talk about, even though we don’t often have “good” reason to talk about her, as her life is actually pretty normal and scandal-free. Something I love, though, despite the fact that she’s not much of a staple around here anymore? That when we do talk about her, it’s pretty much always positive (unless it’s about That Blonde, and girl, you know how I feel about that business). Here’s Kelly in a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, where she talks about relationships, sexuality, and weight gain (and loss).
Kelly on people assuming she’s gay:
“People think, ‘Oh, she’s been single for too long.’ That’s kind of an insult to the gay community. Being single doesn’t mean you’re gay. But I’m never insulted by it, obviously.”
On getting hit on—also by girls:
“I mean, I get hit on by the hottest girls ever. Oh, my god, if I were a lesbian, I would be so in luck. But it’s not just my thing. I’ve always battled for the boys’ team. … But usually the guys who hit on me are tools. It’s the ones that don’t hit on you that make you like ‘Why didn’t you ask me out?’ It’s like American Idol auditions: The guys who are the most confident are the horrible ones, and the ones who are good have no confidence at all.”
On her weight loss:
“I lost 18 pounds. And I think that happens when you fall in love or date someone. If I’m going to be messing around, I gotta look good. There’s not a fad diet. I was working with a trainer. You’d be amazed the amount of weight you can drop by halving your portions. I know it sounds crazy, but do it for two weeks and watch what happens.’ I just cut back my portions, I stopped eating late at night, and I work out a little more than I used to, and I literally dropped 18 pounds in a month. I think it happens when you get really busy. But when I’m on my off-time – girl, those 18 might come back.”
On extreme dieting:
“I’m not willing to do that. I’m willing to work a little bit because I want to be a healthy individual – which I always have been. I’ve put on weight, but that’s just what I’m happy with at that moment. … Brandon and I both have bikes on the back of the bus, and we both love the outdoors. Once your lifestyle becomes more active, obviously you drop weight.”
See? How can you not love her?
Image courtesy of Just Jared