Last night, Kelly Clarkson, who had been engaged in a soundbite war with those who weren’t happy with her forthcoming album My December, fired her manager, Jeff Kwatinetz. Today Fox 411 columnist Roger Friedman, who had previously pointed the finger at Kwatinetz regarding Clarkson’s woes, weighed in today with an item that shows he’s a little unclear on “Since U Been Gone”‘s lyrical intent:
Kelly Clarkson is free this morning, ladies and gents. She dumped her manager, Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm — the man who allegedly got her into all this trouble with Clive Davis. Kwatinetz, you see, is now singing “Since U Been Gone” for real.
It was Kwatinetz, as I told you last week, who convinced Kelly she was a miserable, unhappy singer-songwriter and not a shiny pop star whom everyone loved. The result was a forthcoming album, “My December,” that would be perfect if it had a hum-able song on it.
Push came to shove, Clarkson saw the light and Kwatinetz — who was briefly the fiancé of movie star Brittany Murphy — is out. Clive Davis wins, as usual, but not completely. (This is why he’s Clive, and we’re not.) He still has the album, which has been mastered and printed and is ready to go. Davis and his team will do the best they can to get a hit out of it.
I do think that the ever-astute Davis will convince Kelly to record a couple of extras for “My December” that he can reissue on a “special edition” version of the CD, perhaps in the early fall. This would not be unusual, and, that way, BMG won’t be throwing out the baby with the bath water.
Of course, that special edition depends on whether or not My December sells well out of the box–if it has Linkin Park first-week numbers, talk of this special edition will likely be scuttled. (Let’s just hope that if it doesn’t have LP-like numbers, the bonus tracks don’t include any collaborations with the still-selling band.)