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Kelly to Clive:

Shove It!

5/8/2007 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kelly Clarkson vs. Clive Davis"Idol" champ Kelly Clarkson has used her music muscle against her record label head, Clive Davis -- and won!

Well-connected record company sources tell TMZ that Clive likes to exercise "creative control" over artist recordings and wasn't happy at all with Kelly's latest album, "My December." There are unconfirmed reports Clive wanted to shelve the entire album. TMZ has confirmed that the 75-year-old music mogul asked for "significant" changes and wanted to put the brakes on the CD. But Clarkson wasn't having any of it -- especially since she wrote/co-wrote all the tracks on the record.

Sources tell us that Clarkson stood up to him and flat out refused to give in, and in the end she got her way.

One source told TMZ there is "deep tension" between Clarkson and Davis, adding, "She's definitely upset, but she's not a stupid girl."
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"My December" drops July 24. Kelly performed one of the album's tracks on "Today" this morning.



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61.

Erica    

First of all, I love how everyone bitches that Ameican Idol is nothing but a lame reality show that produces no talent. Clay Aiken. Carrie Underwood. Fantasia. Jennifer Hudson. Chris Daughtry. Ruben Studdard. Even the toughest critic can't deny that those people are talented, and record sales (and an Oscar) just back up the fact. Sure, they were on a reality show, but in reality, how else would they have been discovered? These people had regular lives, regular jobs. Not everyone can afford an agent or recording time, and Idol provided them with a shot to stardom. Granted a lot of really talented people never saw a camera, but that's life. You may not like Idol for whatever reason, but it has definately exposed the world to some very talented musicians. Getting to the point, I love Kelly, and I'm glad she has exercised her creative right, but I also think she should have compromised and given Clive a chance to guide her. He's done a good job guiding his other stars, as well as her, so not to trust him at least a little was poor judgement on her part. On the other hand, people have to be allowed to make mistakes, and if Kelly is making one, so be it. She'll learn from it. But at least let the damn CD drop before you all start badmouthing it.

And to all you ignorant jerks who keep picking on her about her weight? Talent is not about looks. Look at Mariah Carey - fat sings just as well as skinny. And if you still don't like it, stop looking. You listen to music, you don't look at it.

2662 days ago
62.

homer smith    

BEFORE THIS HICK WAS ON A.I., AND BEFORE CLIVE DAVIS, WHERE WAS THIS WOMAN?? WAITING ON TABLES IN TEXAS!!!! MAYBE SHE SHOULD GO BACK TO WAITING ON TABLES!!

2662 days ago
63.

CTB    

There's some truth in both positions... Clive has a pretty good track record for finding talent, but on the other hand, he certainly isn't always right (see the comments about Clay above). Kelly is a bona fide singer *and* songwriter (she won a few awards for the latter last month), but is taking a big risk here... I hope the album sells well for everyone's sake (but Kelly's especially :-).

2662 days ago
64.

broshow    

The suits controlling the music? Yeah right, just another example of a moderately talented singer selling a bunch of records thanks to huge exposure and singing other peoples material thinking she is a songwriting and producing genius. I've been in the business and the musicians who truly deserve total control are few and far between. Most learn the ropes over a period of time, not with their second album. I'm not saying the labels haven't killed a few careers by thinking they knew it all but Sheryl Crow would never have happened if they had put out the record she originally made for her first release. The song is weak.

2662 days ago
65.

Trish    

Well, Kelly won the battle.

But, I won't bet against Clive losing the war!

2662 days ago
66.

Jayson    

Kelly is greatly overrated butr does has some talent and should not get ahead of herself.Perosnally I am not fond of her but Clive is a musical genius.

2662 days ago
67.

Jayson    

Kelly is overrarted as she won a reality show and should listen to the experts.She certainly would not have made it without winning a voting show.Though she is not without talent but definately overrated ...

2662 days ago
68.

rachel    

You go Kelly!!! She has every right to go against Clive after all it her album right?
and for someone who just won 3 ASCAP awards let her write her own music. Clive didnt even want Bedause of You on the album let alone a single and it became HUGE!! She also arranged Since U Been Gone that got her a Grammy and she wrote most of her last album that got a Grammy . not to mention she came up with all of the videos for her singles of which one holds an unbroken record at most days at #1 on trl. her other videos were also at #1 3/4 of the time. her videos which she created have also won her VMAs.
SO CLIVE LET HER DO WHAT SHE'S DOING CUZ IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING!!!!

2662 days ago
69.

gilda    

Well, good for Kelly. I applaud her and hope she is a door opener to many who have been stepped on and nearly ruined by Mr. Davis and his controlling, strong personality. I know Clay Aiken is being punished severely for not obeying...let's hope this is a new beginning for all

2662 days ago
70.

whocares    

who cares. this fat, arrogant bitch needs to get lost.

2662 days ago
71.

DeepFreeze3    

Let's see...

After Kelly's first album, "Thankful," came out, it didn't really do that well. Her second album, though, "Breakaway," did EXTREMELY well!! Why the difference? Clive Davis wasn't a part of the musical party the 2nd time around. That allowed Kelly to finally exercise her writing chops & have total control over the way her album was to be perceived, and she ended up getting 2 grammies for her efforts.

And there she is, about to release her third album, "My December," and this prick has the BALLS to try and tank the whole damn thing???!!! PATHETIC!!! Clive Davis has to get over the fact that he's lost his "magic" touch, get the HELL out of the way and let Kelly be herself. It's the reason she's a big musical star now.

2662 days ago
72.

MJ fan    

I CAN'T STAND THE BITCH....SHE'S SO COCKY..

2662 days ago
73.

ivy    


Kelly will do fine no matter what. She was a lyricist, mysician long before AI and will continue to be one no matter how her third album sells. Artists (and, yes, she IS an artist) get bored and need to experiment sometimes with different forms of expression and that's what she has done with My December.

2662 days ago
74.

Dustin    

This is Kelly's 3rd album and one her 1st album she has NO SAY whatsoever in it and look, to this day it is the lowest selling album of hers and on her 2nd album she wrote a few of the songs but had to GO THROUGH HER LAWYER to get her song 'BECAUSE OF YOU' on the album cause the record company did NOT like it. And now look at what a success BECAUSE OF YOU has been, she performed it on the Grammy's as well which is where she won 2 GRAMMY'S!!!!

Now that this 3rd album has all of her material I think it will be JUST AS BIG if not BIGGER than her 2nd album. Clive needs to chill it is that simple. Kelly knows EXACTLY where she is right now as a musican and she is NOT STUPID! This album is sort of like a story bringing a year to an end, hince the name 'MY DECEMBER!' Kelly is very smart and she knows exactly what she wants and SHE DESERVES IT! Shes won 2 Grammy's now and she has won an award at every award show out there to this date!!! (Including Award Shows from other countries!!!)

And for people saying her album is scrapped WHATEVA! Kelly wrote these with-in the past 2 years and they have been recording these songs since LAST SUMMER when she was on tour over in Europe, thats when they started recording so don't even try to tell me that this album is THROWN TOGETHER and SCRAPPED! It is 100% FALSE!!!

2662 days ago
75.

higzy    

kelly clarkson is amazing and always will be! every album is different and i'm sure it will continue to be! maybe her 4th album will be country?! but the new heavy rock kelly is awesome and i can imagine that her concerts will be too! she has such a powerful voice therefore can sing any type of music an pulls it off each time! her new singe Never Again roxs i love it, its full of emotion and i'm shaw David Hodges the guy who its about will be very embarrassed!! can't believe the people who voted yes!!!!!!!!!! why?!

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