After her third album, My December, has yet to sell over 450,000 copies or produce a hit single despite two attempts, Kelly Clarkson is now practically falling all over herself to apologize to Sony BMG head, Clive Davis, the legendary music executive who told her the album sucked two months ago. In a statement posted on her website, Clarkson said:
I’m well aware that Clive Davis 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…[Davis] 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 [a] disservice. I would never intentionally hurt anyone.”
This, of course, is a far cry from her interview in the August issue of Blender where she ripped Davis for wanting her to sing songs written by professionals. She gave this interview after canceling her summer tour because she couldn’t sell out 15,000 seat venues:
I get [that] you don’t like the album. You’re 80; you’re not supposed to like my album.”
During his 40 year career, Clive Davis discovered and/or signed such artists as Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. During her career, Kelly Clarkson won a karaoke contest. Under Clive Davis, CBS doubled its market share in three years. Kelly Clarkson doubled her caloric intake. It’s no wonder these two giants of the music business clashed. They’re just too much alike.
Kelly Clarkson leaving Koi on July 11th: