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In the book (out this week), Davis recounts the trouble he had working with Clarkson on her My December album and claims she cried over being forced to put her massive hit “Since U Been Gone” on her record. Clarkson is signed to RCA Records, the label with which Clive is affiliated.
Clarkson took to her WhoSay account Tuesday to blast the allegations.
“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,” writes the first-ever “American Idol” winner. “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,” Clarkson continues. “His stories and songs are mixed up … 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,” says the “Stronger” singer. “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.”
Read Clarkson’s full, very passionate open letter, here.
The Grammy winner finishes by saying: “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!”
Clarkson first addressed the feud in 2007, telling USA Weekend: "I'm going to be real honest with you: I am not a fan [of Davis] ... I do respect him, but I don't want to barbecue with him. We don't braid each other's hair. And, despite the rumors, he is nowhere near a father figure."
So, chime in … are you Team Clarkson or Team Davis?
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