Well this looks like it could get very interesting. It's not everyday that a popstar goes toe-to-toe with one of the biggest music moguls in the world, but when he comes out with a memoir and has a whole chapter about you, it's kind of hard not to have an opinion. Especially if you're Kelly Clarkson, who's taking umbrage with Clive Davis' 'false information' in his new memoir 'The Soundtrack of My Life'.
Promising to be full of insider info on many in the music biz, Davis devoted an entire chapter of the book to the American Idol winner who he worked with from the moment she won way back in 2002, and Clarkson is holding back in any way on how she feels she was treated by Davis, saying he bullied her when they worked together and that he told her she was 'a sh*tty writer' after hearing 'Because of You', one of her biggest hits, for the first time.
Taking to her WhoSay blog, Clarkson went on a bit of a rant and rampage telling her side of the story.
'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. 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 's**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 honoured to work with.'
'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.'
That's one hell of a backhander now isn't it. Davis isn't everyone's favourite person, with many of those related to Whitney Houston, who he is credited with bringing to fame, and other artists not exactly thinking highly of him, Whitney's mother in particular. Hopefully we can expect more juicy bits to come now that his book is out there.