“So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music,” Kelly Clarkson wrote Tuesday on Who Say about one of the most influential players in American music.
The chart-topping musician claims that Davis got a few facts confused in his new book, The Soundtrack of My Life, including which song she cried about in the record producer’s office. Davis said Clarkson burst into “hysterical sobbing” for Since You Been Gone but Clarkson insists it was on account of 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,’” she wrote. “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.”
Clarkson also commented on Davis’s suggestion that her album My December wasn’t popular because it lacked “pop hits”: “Well, first let me say, I’ve co-penned many of my ‘pop hits,’” she wrote. “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.”
Davis responded in a statement yesterday to Clarkson’s post, saying “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.”
He also claims to have fact-checked the details “with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all” and that he stands by the chapter as it appears in print.
Davis concluded, “I wish, and will always wish, Kelly’s talent and her career to soar to ever new heights.”
Clarkson concluded, “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.”