Clive Davis Continues To Defend Memoir; Howard Stern Slams Mogul Over Kelly Clarkson Stories
First Published: February 22, 2013 5:51 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Clive Davis continues to insist he had his new memoir, “The Soundtrack of My Life,” independently verified before publishing his stories in it, despite Kelly Clarkson’s recent blog that the events happened a different way.
“We’ve had differences in the past,” Clive told Ryan Seacrest on Friday’s “On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “From the very beginning I believed in Kelly and I still believe in her as an artist. What our memory differs over is what and how much she disliked ‘Since U Been Gone’ and ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes.’ and how much I liked ‘Because Of You’ when I first heard it.”
“Before this chapter went to press I had five independent, music major players read it, who were there during that period…and they totally verified it,” he continued. “The important thing is, as an artist, I do want to make it clear Kelly Clarkson is still growing. I’ve seen the growth in her and dispute our different memory recall issues. The bigger issue as an artist is she is growing and she will have a major career.”
While Clive isn’t backing down, Howard Stern is standing up – suggesting the music mogul is “degrading” the original “American Idol.”
“I always find it sickening when management guys like to set the record straight about how f***ing creative and what geniuses they are,” Howard said on Wednesday on his SIRIUS XM radio show, per Us Weekly. “And, like, this guy’s trying to diminish what she does? Doesn’t he have enough in life? Can’t he sort of tell his story without f***ing degrading her and putting her down?”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Kelly took aim at Clive’s memoir.
“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,” Kelly wrote in a blog on her WhoSay page on Tuesday. “Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone — even Clive Davis.”
“His stories and songs are mixed up,” Kelly continued, of Clive’s memoir.
The singer said she actually broke down about a song which she had a deep connection to.
“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,’” she wrote. “I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a ‘sh***y 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,” she added.
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