Today’s Page Six has an update on the Kelly Clarkson-Clive Davis feud, or–as it’s called in the biz–”The Brawl Between Y’all.” For those of you without scorecards, Davis (who oversees Sony BMG), has been none too happy with Clarkson’s upcoming My December album, giving it the thumbs-down at a company meeting in April, and refusing to plug it during the American Idol finale; and now, somebody in Clarkson’s camp has decided to shoot back:
Our insider said, “She wrote all of the second album herself – including the hits ‘Because of You,’ ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’ and ‘Walk Away.’ Clive hated ‘Because of You’ so much, he would routinely mock it in meetings. It was one of her most successful singles…”
Clarkson is not only one of Sony BMG’s most profitable artists, having sold close to 15 million albums – she is also not a diva.
She hasn’t demanded to renegotiate her deal with the label, our source said, even though “she only gets like $250,000 an album when she could get millions. She refuses to take more money because she wants artistic control. And she has always turned out to be right. If Clive had had his way, she wouldn’t have sold nearly as many albums as she did.
As with all such anonymously sourced gossip-page tirades, this is all to be taken with a grain of salt. But could that $250,000-per-album rate be correct? We know those Idol contracts are cheap, but dang–that guy who used to get up and skank with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones was pulling down at least that much back in 1993!
MUSIC MOGUL CRAMPING KELLY [Page Six]