Kelly Clarkson Calls Label, Clive Davis Liars
First "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson calls Clive Davis and her label liars in the August issue of Blender Magazine while her album sinks in the charts and the label cancels all promotion. The idol has fallen.
Clarkson's much publicized conflict with music mogul Clive Davis and BMG/RCA label has turned ugly as the label decided to focus their efforts on Carrie Underwood's next record instead.
Clarkson says she told Davis: "I don't know you very well, and I am not a bullshitter. I get [that] you don't like the album. You're 80; you're not supposed to like my album."
She also said: "I literally got told to my face that it wouldn't sell more than 600,000 copies. And I got lied to. One reason I don't like working with people at the label is that they lie..."
"If you're going with the flow and not fighting, that's settling. I can't take that. Life is just too short to be a pushover," Clarkson who just fired her manager and canceled her summer tour tells the magazine.
Meanwhile, her CD failed to reach the number one spot. In its second week, the album "My December" dropped over 60% and has sold over 400,000 copies thus far. The Almighty Clive is obviously doing his best to kill the record, but are the sales really that bad?
Kelly's previous album "Breakaway" actually sold only 250,000 copies in the first week and went on to sell almost 6 million in the US and additional 5 million around the world ("My December" sold 291,000 copies).
But those numbers could not have been achieved had there not been strong support on the part of the label. That support will not be there this time around because Clive Davis could not tolerate being told by the young singer what songs would go onto the album.
Clarkson clashed with Davis when she decided to go against his wishes and put her own songs on the album. The mogul preferred that she sing other people's songs.