It turns out that, at least according to Clive Davis, she may have been the problem.
After Kelly Clarkson spoke out and said that Dr. Luke is "not a good person" after being asked about his alleged sexual abuse of Kesha, the producer's manager is htting back with an excerpt from Clive Davis' 2013 memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life.
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Digital Spy reached out to Dr. Luke for comment on Clarkson’s claims. In response, the spokesperson sent a section of Davis’ book that detailed how (frim Mr. Davis's perspective) the two made their greatest hits together.
The excerpt from The Soundtrack of My Life details how they worked together to record the songs "Since U Been Gone" and "Behind These Hazel Eyes" for her 2004 album. In the book, Davis, 83, says that the American Idol winner clashed with Gottwald from the get-go.
"Max and Luke are very strong, hands-on producers in the studio. They are intent on getting perfect vocal performances, and are relentless in that pursuit," writes Davis. "It was hard for Kelly, who had come from the high of winning American Idol and then having a double platinum album. You're young, everybody recognizes you everywhere you go. It's heady, and all that attention affects all Idol winners. But then suddenly you're in an entirely different world of making records in a studio, and you have to take direction. Kelly didn't like it. Max and Luke were relentless in getting the right performance of their song. Kelly got her back up, and from her perspective, she had a horrible experience in the studio. She'd never work with them again, she said. Then, after all the work was done, I listened to the performances. They were terrific. I could not have been more thrilled. This was a whole new direction for Kelly, so far away from 'A Moment Like This,' which defined her first year's experience."
"Obviously, 'Miss Independent' was different as well, but this really was a strong pop-rock departure, and showed real depth and creativity. Everyone loved the end result, and I could just feel the momentum building."
"With the air cleared, I did work on Kelly's 2009 album All I Ever Wanted. One track I brought in was 'My Life Would Suck Without You,' written and produced by, lo and behold, Max Martin and Dr. Luke."
This goes directly against what Clarkson said about him:
"Unfortunately when you have that poor of character, like, so many artists don't like you and don't like working with you,” she said during an interview with Australia’s Kyle & Jackie O radio show on Monday. “You know, that's not normal. I get along with everybody I work with. He's just not a good guy for me."
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"I only worked with him because, literally, I got blackmailed by my label. They were like, 'We will not put your album out if you don't do this,’” the pregnant star went on to explain of her last collaboration with him. “It was a really hard time for me.”