If you didn't already know, 80-year-old Clive Davis is a music producing legend — he helped bring fame to people like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and the first ever American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.
Davis recently published his new memoir The Soundtrack of My Life, and in it he came out as bisexual. But he also took the opportunity to characterize Ms. Clarkson as a person that's difficult to work with, who speaks without thinking and who will burst into tears if she doesn't get her way.
Describing a particularly sobby meeting with Ms. Clarkson, Davis wrote:
"To this point I had never really spent much personal time with her, so I was looking forward to hearing what she had to say and to seeing how she would react to the news of the great response to her songs at the meeting the day before. Kelly began the meeting by saying, "I want to be direct and to the point. I hate ‘Since U Been Gone,' and I hate ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes.' I didn't like working with Max Martin and Dr. Luke, and I don't like the end product. I really want both songs off my album."
"It was a very tough conversation, and it didn't get any easier when Kelly burst into hysterical sobbing. We all just sat there as she cried for several minutes. No one knew what to say. Then she left to go to the ladies' room. When she came back the tension in the room was thick. Finally, I said, "I don't know what to say. I feel terrible. Your career is really just beginning and I don't expect you to understand this, but I want you so much to love this record. What you're asking me to do is impossible. I've committed to all our executives all over the world. The stakes are just too high. ‘Since U Been Gone' is going to be the first single, and it's going to be a game-changer for you." Kelly didn't say another word. She just looked at me with red, puffy eyes and a swollen face, and got up to leave. I truly felt awful. I've had differences of opinion with artists and my share of tough meetings, but I really had never been in a situation like that before.
But Ms. Clarkson begged to differ with Davis' "memory lapses and misinformation." She responded to that particular passage by telling her fans directly:
"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. 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."
Dang! Oh no she din't! Oh yes she did!
Oh but wait! It's not over. Apparently Davis read Clarkson's little retort and then added his own extra helping of bitch-sauce:
“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,” Clive said. “Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all.”
Usually when a celebrity comes out, they just come out and that's the news. But Davis is such a producing genius that he knows the best way to get press for your book is to come out and then sideswipe a popular musician. No wonder he's a legend!