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While Clive Davis's new memoir, "The Soundtrack of My Life," is garnering attention because the legendary record executive reveals his bisexuality, another section of the book caught the ire of superstar singer Kelly Clarkson.
In a post on her website, the original "American Idol" champ (who was signed to RCA by Davis) takes issue with how parts of her career are characterized in the book, which is out today.
"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."
In his book, Davis writes that she burst into "hysterical sobbing" in his office during a disagreement over her 2004 hit "Since U Been Gone." Clarkson's post clarifies that she was indeed moved to tears, though over an argument about a different song. She writes that Davis deemed her an "[expletive] writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me" after hearing "Because of You," which was on the same album as "Since U Been Gone."
Clarkson and Davis have long been rumored to have a rocky relationship, and the murmurs got louder around the release of her 2007 album, "My December." The singer defused the speculation of a fallout that summer, posting on her website, "Contrary to recent characterizations in the press, I'm well aware that Clive is one of the great record men of all time. He has been a key advisor and has been an important force in my success to date. He has also given me respect by releasing my new album when he was not obligated to do so."
Clarkson's most recent post also addresses the quarreling over "My December," stating that Davis's book says "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."
In closing, Clarkson takes one final (subtle) shot at her former executive producer, writing, "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."
What's your take? Do you like Clarkson standing up to Davis? Or is she over the line to criticize the man who signed her? Tell us in the comments.
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