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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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76.

Carolyn    

I get irritated to hear people call Carrie Underwood "St Carrie" because she don't do any wrong. Well lets remember where she & Kelly Clarkson got their start & note that at every opportunity Carrie mentions AI & how they helped her. Kelly on the other hand has snubbed them from the get go. Like she is beyond having to thank & give props to the AI experience. As far as her record sales being higher than Carrie's, Kelly has a 3yrs on Carrie, lets see what happens after Carrie's 2nd album comes out & watch her waste Kelly away. Finally, Clive Davis know what he is doing & if he had some critiques on her new album then so be it, just because she wrote/cowrote it certainly don't make it a hit. He had every right to not glote on her during the finale, she is ungrateful & needs to be knocked down a peg or two. Go Carrie, you are an idol, you have respect & will get it in return!

2685 days ago
77.

Leatherpants    

If this guy produced that horrible movie she was in, then I don't blame her.

2685 days ago
78.

Stephie_in_Tampa    

Clive Davis made it clear that he has little time or respect for Kelly. He lingered too long over Daughtry and Carrie. If I were Kelly, that would be the last CD I made for his company! The music industry is in BIG trouble and she is one of the few success stories lately...he needs to be thanking her, not the other way around! He actually believes that he can get Whitney the Druggie back on top of the charts! Can you say SENILE?

2685 days ago
79.

Beat Down Brown is Going Down    

Clive Davis needs to go home now and stay there except for those rare occasions where they trot him out for some historic award. He was very wrong to do that to Kelly. They had a good run. It's Over. She has outgrown him. He needs to let go...of the entire music thing now. Write his memoirs. As for Kelly, even as she moves on, she needs to be kind to those who helped her and just ignore all the rest. Kelly will be fine. She is focussed on her future and she is strong. Clive shouldn't go out on a low note like this. What a jerk. Too bad someone who's done so much has to be so desperate that he'd stoop to insulting a young artist like that.
If he wants to end his career on a good note, he should make it his mission to help Whitney get herself together. That impossible task would be his last great good thing.

2685 days ago
80.

Allie    

What is sad here is the need to degrade other artists who have absolutely nothing to do with Clive Davis' lack of decorum on the AI finale. Albeit his "history," he was rude to last year's winner, and to others who are not, currently, in his favor. He would fit well into the Hollywood of yesteryear, when actors' lives were managed, and actresses were starved or given pills to fit the image of success. His behavior was atrocious. Carrie should not be held responsible for any of it. A tough business or not, this was not one of Clive Davis' better moments. It stunk. Compromise, Clive, compromise!

2685 days ago
81.

Cat lady    

To Jen - C-A-R-R-I-E is a hick??????lol lol. That is so funny. Somebody is so jealous of her intelligence, beauty and talent.......Kelly is good, very good. But she doesn't have what Carrie has. Carrie's success in such a short time is indicative of that. Kelly didn't have that. Kelly has been around 6 years for her 14K sales. 6K in only ONE year for Carrie. Carrie is a talented lady and a class act.

2685 days ago
82.

Lindsey    

I LOVE Kelly's new song...I think its the BEST she's ever sounded!! And good for her, if someone was sending me old Lindsey Lohan songs I'd write my own stuff too!! Besides, part of Kelly's charm is the fact that her songs are so personal, fans who first got to know her on Idol love the fact that we still feel like we know her through her music!! Personally I think Clive knows he's wrong and just doesn't want to admit it!! Its a power struggle for him, he didn't like the independence Kelly has shown from the beginning and wanted to break her!! But it didn't work...keep on rockin' Kelly!!! =)

2685 days ago
83.

annab    

KELLY?

WHAT ABOUT KELLI PICKLER AND BUCKY COVINGTON? THEY HAVE BOTH BEEN VERY, VERY SUCCESSFUL.
KELLI HAS HAD TOP HITS WITH 2 SONGS FROM HER ALBUM, SO FAR.
BUCKY MADE IT TO YAHOO'S TOP 50 OF ALL GENRES OF MUSIC.

SO TO KELLI AND BUCKY: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2685 days ago
84.

bill    

KELLY NEEDS TO LEAVE CLIVE DAVIS BEHIND SIGN WITH A NEW RECORD LABEL RELEASE A GREAT CD LIKE BREAKAWAY AND LEAVE CLIVE DAVIS IN THE DUST SHOVING THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HER ALBUM MADE IN HIS OLG UGLY FACE

2685 days ago
85.

Miapocca    

I think some of these idols just get too big for their shoes...he kissed butt of those who kiss his butt,..Kelly is replaceable...just see how much talent idol is manufacturing..
If Clive disses her her probably thinks she is nothing special and her music is pretty much made by others....Clive loves a good voice and you cant from the company he keeps...

I never bought any Kelly songs and if she competes in idol again anytiem soon, she will not make it the final...........

Who is the fat chunky thing yellign on stage...soooo unattractive, that alone will half the album sales, then the appeal of the songs will take down those sales a quarter less..we are left with no record breaking people...she is over......lesson to other fatso Jennifer, this is where you end up if you think you are bigger than your idol slippers

2685 days ago
86.

Originalkat    

I don't think he directed anything towards Kelly or against her. He was just stating the facts of current affairs. If the first song Kelly performed is on her album or the one she did for the special AI night....I won't buy her cd. I don't like her yelling. She has a great voice and the first 2 cds were wonderful. I don't care for her change now and she was even worse last year trying to sing with Rascal Flatts on the country music awards. I really think if you look at Carrie and Kelly in comparison...Carried has climbed faster award wise and records sells. You have to remember..Kelly has 2 cds out and over 5 yrs behind here. She has won 2 Grammy's but look at Carrie's awards and records in less than 3 yrs. I find it interesting how Kelly didn't thank AI whe she gave her speeches for those awards and in interviews she wants to seperate herself from AI but when she has a new song or cd to push...where is she? On AI!

2685 days ago
87.

Rae    

Focussing on recent idol successes?

Just recently Kelly Clarkson won Song of Year for "Because of You" and Songwriter of the Year, chosen by songwriters themselves.

2685 days ago
88.

Bijou3    

Also, let's not forget that CliveDavis made NO MENTION WHATSOEVER of Elliott's Yamin's excellent new CD. He acknowledged Taylor (#1), Kate (#2) and Chris (#4) from AI5, but completely leaves out Elliott (#3).

Another diss to an outstanding artist.

2685 days ago
89.

thisgurl    

OrigionalKat , I am sure if Kelly DIDN"T show up for the finale she would still be an ungreatful person. At least she has the guts to be herself, which is exactly what she won her Grammy awards for, and exactly why people LOVED her second album, SHE WROTE THE LOT OF IT!!! So just go out in the field with the other sheep, BAAHHHHHH!!!! that's right nod your head, very "ORIGIONALKAT." By the way I like Carrie's voice, but she is trying so very hard to remain poised, that she comes off as bland and unorigional. Hence, the COVER SONG choice. Nice advice Clive.

2685 days ago
90.

Dawn Day    

Ahhh, the dream of becoming an 'American Ego'.

Kelly, your talents speak for themselves...don't worry about some old goat not out tooting your horn.

2685 days ago
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