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Clive Davis and Kelly Clarkson disagree over scenes in memoir

Meredith Dobes

Clive Davis, Sony Music creative chief, outlined disagreements he had with singer Kelly Clarkson in his new memoir, “The Soundtrack of My Life.”

However, Davis’s particular depiction of the disagreements led Clarkson to disagree.

After reading the memoir, Clarkson posted on her blog that Davis lied about her “hysterical sobbing” after Davis demanded “Since U Been Gone” be included on her album. Clarkson said she wanted the song to have a bigger sound, but she is very proud of it.

Clarkson went on to say she did cry once in Davis’s presence after he called her a “sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon [her] after she performed “Because of You,” which she had written about her life.

However, Davis continues to defend his memoir and the way he depicted their relationship.

“In the book, I provide an in-depth look at our years together during which we shared major multi-platinum success, as well as a few creative differences,” he told Rolling Stone. “I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with that I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together.”

Davis said he fact-checked the incidents with at least five witnesses of the incidents depicted before he published the memoir.

Davis and Clarkson had disagreements over Clarkson’s album “My December” before it was released. Clarkson blames Davis’s lack of faith in the record and subsequent actions for holding the record back and the record having less success than her previous album. Davis said the record was as successful as it was because of the press attention it got over his and Clarkson’s disagreements.

Despite all of the disagreeing, Davis wishes Clarkson well in her career, and he said that he always has.

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