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Clive's Speech

Ain't Music to Kelly's Ears

5/24/2007 8:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

After Clive Davis' very public display of rejection toward pop superstar Kelly Clarkson (via a speech that canonized Saint Carrie Underwood) on last night's "American Idol" finale, sources tell TMZ that SONY/BMG execs were apologizing to members of Clarkson's camp for their label head's rude behavior.

The 75-year-old owlish music mogul was tasked with speaking to the huge TV audience about the health of the "A.I" franchise and appeared to go out of his way to avoid mentioning Kelly's new single "Never Again" (which reached the Top 10 for heaven's sake!) or her forthcoming CD, "My December." Yet he somehow managed to find time to plug both Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee's new singles! Clive did briefly allude to two-time Grammy winner Clarkson -- but only to praise the talents of outside songwriters working with "Idols." Ouch!

Sources backstage at the finale report that Sony/BMG execs attempted to apologize to Kelly's team -- but their backtracking on behalf of the man with the golden ears fell on deaf ears. A well-placed source told TMZ, "Clive's actions, both delaying the album, and now this, tell you everything you need to know about how he feels about Kelly." That's no way to treat a 15-million-album-selling lady!

As TMZ reported
, the contentious feud erupted between honcho Davis and Kelly after she refused to make the "significant changes" to her new album (for which she wrote or co-wrote every song) -- that Clive demanded.

Artistic integrity - 1, The Man - 0!

A rep for Clive Davis told TMZ, "There is no truth to this story whatsoever. The focus of Clive's speech was on the recent Idol successes."


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A rep for Clive Davis told TMZ, "There is no truth to this story whatsoever. The focus of Clive's speech was on the recent Idol successes."

And Kelly's not included in that because....?

I'm pretty sure Clive is just jealous.

2709 days ago

SEO Minneapolis    

Personally, I am not a huge fan of Kelly Clarkson anymore. I think she has kind of went downhill the last couple years. Plus, what was up with her second outfit? I thought it was terrible!

2709 days ago


Carrie is pissing off too many producers and writers in Nashville with her diva attitude. This tale will tell itself sooner rather than later. We're talking about producers and writers who have their own money and don't need to kiss the ass of some golden girl just because the industry decided to send a message to people like Faith Hill that they were washed up. Again, because of diva attitudes.
Kelly is solid.

2709 days ago


I'm so glad this was covered today on the website. I couldn't believe this glaring omission when I heard his speech. If you're going to represent, you better prepare -- takes notes on the stage with you, whatever it takes. Or was it intentional? Either way, geez, he didn't make friends last night.

2708 days ago


SA...where do you get our information? Faith Hill has NEVER been considered a diva!! She is, in fact, one of the most well loved women in the industry!! People consistently say that she is one of the most down to earth people they have ever met!!

Research you facts!

2708 days ago


Go Clive. Show Kelly who is the boss. I'm glad to see he is not "supporting"/payola-ing a mediocre song to a higher placing on the charts. Maybe it is a message to Kelly that she's needs to stop recycling the same subject matter over and over. Your ex just wasn't that into you - get over it and stop making the listening public suffer because of your ego.

2708 days ago


I like KC, and have heard some of the new songs which have already been leaked. All I can say is listen before buying. Clive might be right.

2708 days ago


First of all, the writer of this article was a little off in his bias for Kelly.Don't get me wrong,I have her older cd's and I think she is great!He wasn't speaking the truth about plugging Taylor and Kat, cuz he dissed them even more blatently and whether you like them or not, it was just wrong!!!!He pitted them against Daughtry in a very rude and tactless was uncalled for.So don't go hatin on those 2 please b/c Kelly,Taylor and Kat were all dissed by Clive.

2708 days ago


She should leave Sony and join another studio and make them money. She makes money only when she writes the songs or tours. The studio needs her to make money she doesn't need them shes Kelly Clarkson for god sakes. Sorry Clive but your in the wrong and are going to lose one of the only artists I actually buy. Run Kelly run to another studio and the fans will show him that we love your music and your song writing abilities.

2708 days ago


clive's acting like a 7th grader who lost a student council election. grow up. she's made him a crap load of money.

he just doesn't like being put in his place by a 20 something girl. he's probably used to everyone kissing his ass. i'll buy two copies of her cd just for that.

2708 days ago

Darla McDonell    

Anyone who watched Kelly in the IDOL she won would not say she can not sing or that her range of voice is not incredable. Carrie was good also on IDOl...but BEFORE HE CHEATS is the only song she has had passion in.

2708 days ago

larry/vergie fan    

The girl can't sing. All she does is scream and yell and each song sounds like the last. The most untalented of all the Idols, for sure. He might be old but he has made many people famous, give him a little credit.

2708 days ago


As Clive was giving his speach. I was thinking I bet Kelly is enjoying this. It was so directed at her.

2708 days ago


Clive is an asshole!!!! he put down Kat and Taylor big time and insulted kelly to the max!!! FYI she wrote her #1 worldwide hit which clive didnt even want on the album!! also the "genius" clive totally wrecked clay aiken making him do cover songs for his cd!! the cd tanked and poor clay couldnt do a thing about it !!!! thank god someone is standing up to that loser clive!!!! while everyone was giving her a standing ovation he remained seated what a jerk!!!i support kelly 100% and her two leaked songs are so cool!!! especially haunted!!

2708 days ago


That was 5 years ago #57 her voice is gone now. She wrecked it by screaming for the past 4 years.

2708 days ago
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