Nothing you are about to read is surprising. A record label wants to control a young, profitable artist. A studio head is only interested in making money. We've been here before, and it all makes sense, and former American Idol
winner Kelly Clarkson
isn't a hero for calling out Clive Davis and RCA in the July issue of Elle magazine (which she has). One way or another, it's all publicity, and controversy in the name of record sales. Clarkson is probably correct in everything word she says, but that doesn't mean she had to say them.
The main point of contention between Clarkson and her record label and (mainly) Clive Davis is this: the label was not happy with the direction Clarkson's new album “My December” had gone, wanted her to re-cut some songs, make the whole thing more pop-friendly. Clarkson took offense, especially because “My December” is Kelly's first record in which she has either written or co-written all the songs. She felt disrespected as a female song-writer and has declared her complete and utter indifference to making money, stating she only wants to write and sing the music she wants to sing. Fair enough, right?
Here are some of the more fiery words taken from Clarkson's interview with Elle:
"I could give a crap about being a star. I've always just wanted to sing and write. My resistance upsets a lot of people, because we could make a lot of money. And I'm not hatin' on money. But you know in Funny Girl, when they make Barbra Streisand sing the 'beautiful girl' song, and she is singing these lyrics, and she knows she's not that person? I'm just not comfortable doing things that don't feel like me."
"I am a good singer, so I can't possibly be a good writer. Women can't possibly be good at two things. I haven't lost my temper about it. It only drives me more. If your thing is to bring me down, cool. I'll just work harder."
Okay, so that all makes sense, right? An understandable reaction to an understandable (if not quasi-reprehensible) desire from a record label. However, this next part is easily the most damning section of the interview. It's diabolical on the part of RCA, and a little disgusting.
"My label wanted me to sing 'Never Again',” which is the first single off of 'My December'. "And I was like, 'To promote yourself on a charity event is beyond crass.' People are starving and dying and I'm up there singing some bitter pop song? And believe me, everyone wanted me to sing it. Because they are jaded and they have no soul. Imagine sitting in a room full of people totally against you. Can't they hear themselves speaking? Capitalize on AIDS? Are you kidding? Insulting an entire nation of people? I just refused."
Those are some harsh words. What do you all think about this? Has Kelly Clarkson overreacted? Is she right to be pissed at her record label and Clive Davis?
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Source: Reality TV World)
(Image Courtesy of Elle magazine)