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PopWrapped | Celebrities

Kelly Clarkson Describes Dr. Luke As 'NOT A Good Person,' Dr. Luke Replies

Mike Nied | PopWrapped Author

Mike Nied

Updated 03/9/2016 5:59am
Kelly Clarkson Describes Dr. Luke As 'NOT A Good Person,' Dr. Luke Replies | Kelly Clarkson
Media Courtesy of star-telegram.com
Let it be known that Kelly Clarkson is decidedly not a fan of mega-producer Dr. Luke. Earlier this month original American Idol Kelly Clarkson became one of many female musicians to offer her support to Kesha in the wake of her prolific case against Dr. Luke. Clarkson tweeted out her support for the Warrior songstress, taking the high road in regards to commenting on the specifics of the case but offering support nonetheless. Some were quick to assume that Kelly Clarkson was not going in for the kill since she had collaborated with Dr. Luke on a number of tracks. Dr. Luke was a co-producer on Clarkson's massively successful "Since U Been Gone" and "Behind These Hazel Eyes" in 2004. He also received production and shared writing credits on 2009's "My Life Would Suck Without You." Being amongst Kelly's most successful hits, you would assume that the pair have a strong working relationship, but that is clearly not the case... Clarkson elaborated on her opinion regarding Dr. Luke and his case with Kesha in a conversation with Australian radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O. During the interview, the Piece by Piece songstress explained that she could not comfortably come to Kesha's defense regarding rape allegations, since she was not a witness to the alleged crime; however, she did speak to Dr. Luke's character, and the results were equally damning. "He's not a good person, to me" Kelly stated during the interview, further revealing that the twosome had "clashed" while working together. Although he was responsible for some of her most defining hits, Kelly went on to reveal that she did not choose to work with him in the studio. "I only worked with him because literally I was blackmailed by my label" Clarkson stated. "When so many artists don't like you, that says something." Dr. Luke has not personally responded to Kelly Clarkson's damning character evaluation, but a representative from his team did reply to the news. Instead of responding with a personal statement of their own, the rep shared an excerpt from Clive Davis' The Soundtrack of My Life. In the segment (which can be read in full below) Davis discusses an alleged fit that Kelly Clarkson threw upon having to work with Dr. Luke and Max Martin during the recording of Breakaway in 2004. The text alleges that Clarkson did not appreciate their attention to detail or the strict demands that were placed upon her while recording, and the rep's use of the quote implies that Clarkson's dislike for Dr. Luke stems from some sort of "diva" attitude while recording.
“As Kelly was beginning to work on her second album, a song came in for her to do for the soundtrack of the 2004 film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, which Whitney Houston had co-produced. “The song was ‘Breakaway’, written by Avril Lavigne, Bridget Benenate and Matthew Gerrard. At first, Kelly didn’t like it and didn’t want to record it, but eventually she relented, and the song became a Top 10 hit for her. “As we were gathering material for the album, however, I met with the songwriter-producer Max Martin, who had some songs he had written with his partner Luke Gottwald, better known as Dr Luke, that he wanted to play for me. He told me that because of his extensive work with the likes of Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys, he had somewhat gotten a reputation for softer pop artists, and he wanted these songs to be done by rock artists because he was tired of being typecast. “The songs were ‘Since U Been Gone’ and ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’. I heard them, and told him that I really loved them both. Then I told him that I wanted them for Kelly Clarkson. He instantly lost his cool. ‘Are you crazy?’ he said. ‘Didn’t I tell you that I wanted these songs to go to rock artists? That I didn’t want to be typecast? Now you want to give them to an American Idol winner!’ “The fact is that I wanted Kelly to have those songs for the very reason he had written them. Both songs had a sharp rock edge, but were still capable of being pop hits. They would push Kelly in a promising direction for her, while maintaining and even growing her audience. I had a long relationship with Max dating back to Ace of Base, so I was able to calm him down and try to reason with him. ‘You don’t understand,’ I said. ‘Kelly’s got a great voice, she’s got real potential, and she likes edge. Look, you’ll produce it. You’ll get the right performance. If you don’t get the right performance, I’ll understand if you don’t want to let the songs be used. But you’ve really got to give this a shot. I believe so firmly that this will be great for her. And for you.’ We spent a long time discussing it, and finally, based totally on my relationship with him, he said yes. “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. 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.”
Kelly Clarkson has yet to respond to Dr. Luke's team; however, it is well known that Clarkson disputed the accuracy of Davis' book upon its release in 2013. The twosome have long been known to butt heads, and her most recent claims allude to him threatening to pull support on project's if she did not fall into line. With this in mind the excerpt does come into additional question... What do you think about Kelly Clarkson's views on Dr. Luke? Weigh in below!
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