Kelly: “I’m Well Aware That Clive Is One Of The Great Record Men Of All Time”

Jul 23rd, 2007 // 8 Comments

kellllllly.jpgKelly Clarkson has updated her Web site with a Precious Momenty picture and a “mea culpa” surrounding the “there’s no hit on My December” controversy between her and label mogul Clive Davis, which basically dictated most of the press coverage surrounding her new album. How can you tell this is step one in Kelly walking, head down and hands folded, down the long road to Davis’ good graces? Kelly’s enterprising Web team named the new image on her site clive_splash.jpg. Ouch! The full statement after the jump.

“There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the release of “My December,” much of which has focused on a supposed feud with my record label, in particular, Clive Davis. I want to set the record straight on this by saying that I want my band, my advisors, those close to me and my record label to be one big, tightly knit family. Like any family we will disagree and argue sometimes but, in the end, it’s respect and admiration that will keep us together. A lot has been made in the press about my relationship with Clive. Much of this has been blown way out of proportion and taken out of context. Contrary to recent characterizations in the press, I’m well aware that Clive is one of the great record men of all time. He has been a key advisor and has been an important force in my success to date. He has also given me respect by releasing my new album when he was not obligated to do so. I really regret how this has turned out and I apologize to those whom I have done disservice. I would never intentionally hurt anyone. I love music, and I love the people I am blessed to work with. I am happy that my team is behind me and I look forward to the future.”

KELLY CLARKSON // Special Announcement [kellyclarkson.com]

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  1. Chris N.

    Sigh. I want to marry her slightly less now.

  2. brasstax

    I wish some mysterious benefactor would buy her out of her contract and let her release what she wants, kind of like Supertramp.

  3. Nicolars

    I wish she would have pushed the old geezer down an elevator shaft instead.

  4. Chris Molanphy

    I shouldn’t be surprised, but man is this depressing.

    Then again, as we learned in the late ’90s when BMG tried to force Clive to retire (just before Santana sold a battleship’s worth of CDs), that muhfuh can’t be killed.

  5. mike a

    Idolator really should start an “Artist Messages Ghostwritten By Handlers” category – never fails to amuse me.

  6. Falconfire

    I love this. The asshole basically destroyed her album to the public to make it sell less just to justify his comments that it sucked which many (not threatened by the label to badmouth the CDE) said are not true, and she has to come crawling back.

    If this isnt a sure sign the major music industry is a joke, then nothing is.

    Fuck major labels!

  7. Nately

    @Falconfire: Want a sign that the major music industry is a joke? Here’s one … Kelly Clarkson got her record contract by winning a fucking game show. Sorry, but she (and her fans) aren’t exactly in a position to cry about the power of the major labels.

  8. girlhappy

    Ick. It reads a bit like a pop music version of those horrible videos of journalists who have been abducted, forced to denounce their country’s politics and praise their kidnappers on camera.

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