It’s a matter of “He Said” / “She Said” between record man Clive Davis and musician Kelly Clarkson, who Clive profiles in his new autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life. The famed music mogul called in to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show to dispute her version of events:
On Kelly Clarkson Dispute:
“We’ve had differences in the past. From the very beginning I believed in Kelly and I still believe in her as an artist. What our memory differs over is what and how much she disliked “Since U Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes.” and how much I liked “Because Of You” when I first heard it.”
Clive continues: “Before this chapter went to press I had 5 independent, music major players read it, who were there during that period…and they totally verified it. The important thing is, as an artist, I do want to make it clear Kelly Clarkson is still growing. I’ve seen the growth in her and dispute our different memory recall issues. The bigger issue as an artist is she is growing and she will have a major career.”
Was Clive Ever Fearful For Whitney Houston’s Life?
Clive actually wrote a letter to Houston and included it in his book. “I had not seen her in over a year. When I saw her at the Michael Jackson Madison Square Garden concert in 2001, I really feared for her. That’s why I included the letter in my book,” Clive says. “I learned that the power of drugs defies logic and is stronger than any faith that could be mustered between two people. The victim, the subject, have got to get to that level where they know that they need help for themselves.”
She may have won the gong for the Best Pop Vocal Album, but Kelly Clarkson’s real moment in the spotlight came courtesy of this hilarious snap, which sees her photobombing Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at the Staples Center on Sunday night.
Perhaps she is paying forward the moment she was photobombed by Bill Clinton at the inauguration last month?
Whatever the case, this is a totally adorable moment.
Carrying on with my preview of this year’s Grammy awards, here’s a look at the nominees for Best Record and Song. As I pointed out last year, the difference between the two can be a little confusing to the uninitiated; Best Record goes to the artist and production team (producer, engineer, mixer etc) whereas Best Song goes to the songwriters themselves (often but not always the artists). There you go…consider yourselves initiated!
Often in these categories, songs (or are they records?) overlap. Last year, four out of the five nominations doubled up in both categories, this year it’s only two. Fun, who are nominated for six awards this year, feature in both with “We are Young”, the lead off single from their (also nominated) album, “Some Nights”. With its ambitious production, tempo changes and undeniable quirky hookiness, it is what guitarist Jack Antonoff calls “the bulls-eye center” of the sound the band was striving for on this album.
The other track that doubles in both categories is Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”, a pretty predictable piece of dancy pop with Pink -like lyrics of female empowerment. One imagines it owes its nomination less for originality and more for the commercial success the song achieved (Clarkson’s third US number 1), and the anthemic, feel good nature of its chorus. I wonder if Nietzsche got a writing credit?
The rest of the nominations for Best Record are; The Black Keys, with their excellent retro, bluesy, glam rocker “Lonely Boy”; the mysterious and intriguing Frank Ocean (no relation to Billy, I’m told) with the laid back and falsetto doused, “Thinkin’ Bout You”; Country-pop-poppet, Taylor Swift and her annoyingly catchy ode to not getting back together entitled, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, and the soon to be artist that we used to know, Gotye, with his at one time omnipresent “Somebody that I Used to Know”.
The three remaining nominees in Song of the Year are quite frankly, disappointing. The unashamedly throwaway pop of “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, is fine for an MTV teenybopper award but surely not for a Grammy. Ed Sheeran’s “The A-Team”, is unfortunately nothing to do with the 80s TV series, but a pleasant enough albeit slightly over-earnest-in-that-singer- songwriter-way tune that sells well in Starbucks, but doesn’t seem like Grammy winning material to me. And finally Miguel with his song “Adorn”, which apart from having more than a passing resemblance to Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”, is also quite frankly duller than a Jonas Brothers’ waxwork. Quite what it’s doing here is beyond me,but at least it’s short.
Whose gonna win? Well, if not for its mildly off-beat originality (despite the sample from Luiz Bonfa’s song “Seville”), then certainly for its commercial success and impact on the music industry in 2012, Gotye, real name Wally De Backer, should win Best Record hands down with 13 million copies of his single sold and number ones in dozens of countries. Numbers like that are hard to argue with. Fun should beat out lackluster competition to take Best Song.
Tonight is country music’s big night, but on Wednesday, Kelly Clarkson and Brad Paisley took a break from their pre-CMA’s festivities in Nashville to help a good cause.
They signed a massive green guitar, which was created by Patrón Tequila in their efforts to support the charity Keep the Music Playing, which provides financial support to benefit music education programs around the country.
The giant Martin guitar will be autographed by a host of artists and auctioned off for the charity.
The 46th annual CMA Awards will air live Nov. 1 (tonight) on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
She was single for six years before her romance with Brandon Blackstock blossomed in 2011.
And it appears being in love is not only good for Kelly Clarkson’s mind, but also her health, with the star showing off a noticeably slimmer figure last week.
Now, Kelly is opening up and love and happiness to Life & Stylemagazine.
Her chart-topping song is called “Stronger,” but “slimmer” was the buzzword when Kelly Clarkson flaunted her fab new physique at the May 24 premiere of her TV series, Duets.
Now the star opens up to Life & Style about her hot new shape — and new man! “I didn’t lose weight for work. I did it for me!” Kelly tells Life & Style.
But boyfriend Brandon Blackstock, whom Kelly’s been dating since late 2011, has certainly helped the star amp up her exercise and eat more healthfully! “I’ve always fluctuated,” the 30-year-old singer says, “but now I’m in a happy relationship. He gets my life. I’m just more active with him.”
Kelly, who’d been single for six years before Brandon came into her life, admits, “No one wants to be untoned when you’re dating someone.”
And although they share the same trainer, Kelly and Brandon don’t work out together. “We did that once, and I don’t like huffin’ and puffin’ in front of my man and looking all red and gross and sweaty,” Kelly tells Life & Style.
For more on Kelly and other slimmed-down stars, pick up the new issue of Life & Style Weekly, on newsstands on Wednesday.
Yesterday we wrote about the inspiring Chris Rumble, who 35 days ago was told by doctors that 95-percent of his blood was full of leukemia cells.
The 22-year-old has been staying at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and last Saturday he enlisted in the help of fellow patients, doctors and nurses and created his own version of Kelly Clarkson’s hit song, “Stronger.”
Since posting it on Sunday morning, the clip has now amassed a staggering 640,000 hits and it’s growing by the day.
In response to the video, Kelly Clarkson has now posted her own clip on YouTube, in which she sends her personal gratitude to the patients.
Thirty five days ago, Chris Rumble’s life changed dramatically.
After feeling unwell, the 22-year-old was rushed to hospital when doctors discovered that 95-percent of his blood was full of leukemia cells. It may have seemed like a death sentence, but for Rumble, he has now created a powerful message of hope .
While at Seattle Children’s Hospital on the hem-oncology floor, Rumble spent Saturday filming fellow patients, doctors and nurses and created his own version of Kelly Clarkson’s hit song, “Stronger.”
In the clip, patients and staff can be seen singing and holding signs that read “Hope” and “Fighter,”.
“It was kind of like a party,” said Rumble, who filmed the video during the day, stayed up late Saturday night and posted it on YouTube early Sunday.“It wasn’t a typical day at all.”
However, since posting the clip three days ago, the video has gone on to become an internet sensation, amassing over 250,000 hits and sending out a powerful message of the resilience of the human spirit.
Simply making the video lifted the spirits of many of the children on the floor, said Brittany Skinner, 26, a pediatric hematology oncology nurse who is shown dancing and singing.
“It gave them something to shine through, I guess,” she said. “Like the song said, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’”
And Kelly Clarkson herself, has given her seal of approval to the clip, tweeting: “Oh my goodness y’all have to see this! It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to visit these kids and nurses!”
For Rumble, Friday will be another life-changing moment, as he will learn whether his cancer is in remission.
“American Idol” queen Kelly Clarkson announced this morning when she called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest“ that she’s embarking on a 30 plus concert tour, co-headlining with – wait for it – The Fray!
And while we’re on the subject, Kelly’s reality show “Duets” debuts May 24th, the day after Idol wraps. The show will follow Kelly, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles as they scour America for the BEST duet partner.
Maybe on tour we’ll hear a duet of “Stronger” between Kelly and Isaac Slade from The Fray?
Here’s the full list of dates…
7/21/12 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater
7/22/12 Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Resort & Casino
7/25/12 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
7/27/12 Las Vegas, NV The Chelsea Ballroom
7/28/12 Murphys, CA Ironstone Winery
7/30/12 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
8/1/12 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
8/2/12 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino
8/4/12 Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino
8/6/12 Orange Beach, AL Amphitheater at the Wharf
8/8/12 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/10/12 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/14/12 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
8/16/12 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/17/12 Hershey, PA HersheyPark Stadium
8/19/12 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center
8/21/12 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/23/12 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
8/25/12 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
8/26/12 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/28/12 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/29/12 Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands
9/1/12 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
9/2/12 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
9/5/12 Independence, MO Independence Events Center
9/7/12 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/11/12 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
9/12/12 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Amphitheatre
9/14/12 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
9/15/12 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
When she’s not shopping or testing beauty products, Evan Hosie writes gadget reviews for the site Popgadget.net.