Kelly Clarkson intends to clear her name.
The “Piece By Piece” singer recently appeared on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens” where she answered a fan’s question about some old drama related to Clive Davis’ memoir “The Soundtrack of My Life “, which was published in 2013.
Davis, a legendary music producer, claimed that Clarkson broke down in “hysterical tears” when he demanded that her song “Since U Been Gone” be included on his 2004 album, “Breakaway.”
But Clarkson says that’s not at all what went down.
“Let’s give some history, Davis,” Clarkson said, laughing, on Cohen’s show last week. “They lied to me and said, ‘Hey, there are these producers who want to work with you.'”
She said that “Since U Been Gone” only had “dummy lyrics” at this stage of the songwriting process and that she was “told to write to the song”.
“[They] took me to Sweden, I arrive there and these two people, [producers Max Martin and Łukasz ‘Dr. Luke’ Gottwald]they weren’t told I was writing on it, and I just had it already written,” Clarkson said. “And I feel like a fool, because I went in and the label had told me something completely different.”
“And I think that’s a red flag too. Why is he lying to me like that?” he said, adding that he “didn’t like lying.”
“So that’s why I have a bad vibe with that song, because of the origin story,” he explained.
Despite the drama surrounding the song, Clarkson said it’s still “fun as hell to sing.”
“Oh my God, I’m such a compartmentalizer,” Clarkson said when asked if she could separate the song from her baggage with Davis. “I can put it aside and I sing it a lot on tour.”
When Clarkson addressed Davis’ account of events at the time, he said her story was “not true at all.”
“Their stories and songs blend together,” he said in a 2013 statement shared on social media platform WhoSay. “I wanted to add more guitars to the original demo and Clive didn’t. [Martin and Gottwald] and I still fought for the biggest sound and we prevailed and I couldn’t be more proud of the life of that song. It bothers me that he dampens this song in any way.”
She explained in her post her strained working relationship with Davis and once talked about crying in his office.
“I cried after playing him a song I had written about my life called ‘Because Of You,'” Clarkson wrote. “I cried because I hated it and he told me verbatim that I was a ‘crap writer who should be grateful for the gifts he gives me.’
“He went on and on about how the song didn’t rhyme and how he should just shut up and sing,” she wrote, adding that “it was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young man, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with. But I kept fighting for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn’t put it in the book.”
In response, Davis said at the time that he was “very sorry [Clarkson] has decided to challenge me with what I know to be an accurate representation of our time together. Before the book was published, I fact-checked all the facts with five independent individuals who were present daily throughout…I stand by the chapter as it is written in my book.”