Kelly Clarkson claims Dr. Luke lied to Clive Davis and tried to take sole credit for writing songs that Clarkson says she worked on, this according to unsealed testimony the pop star gave in Kesha’s legal battle with Dr. Luke.
Clarkson gave a deposition in June 2017, describing a meeting with Davis and her working relationship with him and Dr. Luke.
She details, “I was told by my label executive, it was a really rough meeting, Clive Davis, where first of all, he told me I was a shitty writer and that I shouldn’t — I should just shut up and listen to the producers. And then he said, and I said or he said something about hits. You should just take the hits and just sing them or something to that extent. And I said, well, I’m a writer on these. I mean, I wrote on ‘Miss Independent.’ I wrote on like ‘Hazel Eyes.’ I wrote ‘Because Of You’ myself. Like I wrote, like I’m like, and then he proceeded to say that I did not.”
Clarkson continued, “Well, he told me I was lying. That Dr. Luke told him that he had written ‘Hazel Eyes.’ And I was like, I’m pretty sure I went through a real shitty relationship.”
She added, “So it’s hurtful whenever you try so hard and you have been accomplished in a certain area. And then somebody just lies about their part in a song. And I said, well, we definitely did collaborate. But I can pull out the lyrics from a notebook piece of paper that I still have … I wasn’t there when Dr. Luke apparently had a conversation with Clive … That really frankly pissed me off.”
Kelly Clarkson says she felt like Luke was undermining her to Davis and said, “And for somebody that’s trying to make it so hard in an industry like himself at the time because he had not had success before ‘Since U Been Gone.’ So you’d think that person would understand how important credit is.”
She explains Clive made her feel like she “was in the room and they were all just kind of catering and coddling the little girl for her record.”
Clarkson was pressed about her time working with Luke and she had nothing nice to say about the producer. She claimed to have disliked him and how he spoke to people in the studio.
The pop star famously beefed with Clive Davis – perhaps best known for launching Whitney Houston’s career – over the years.
Kelly Clarkson signed to RCA Records after winning “American Idol” and Davis became the head of the label two years later. The two never got along and each has publicly slammed the other many times.