Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Update on Kelly Clarkson

(C/w will mean cowriter, cowritten, cowrote, etc... for the duration of this article and this blog. Thanks!)
Recently, I wrote (quite excitedly) about Kelly Clarkson's latest single (due out in August in the U.S.) "Already Gone". Well, according to an interview Kelly did with CBC Radio, Kelly actually asked her label NOT to release "Already Gone" as a single.
The problem? It sounds too much like "Halo". Why does it sound so much like "Halo"? According to Clarkson, it has everything to do with c/w and producer Ryan Tedder.

“Ryan and I met each other at the record label, before he was working with
anyone else,” Clarkson begins, gritting her teeth. “He’s from Oklahoma, I’m
Texas; we got along really well and had some of the same influences. We
wrote about six songs together, four or five of them made the album. It was all
fine and dandy. I’d never heard of a song called Halo. Her album came out when
my album was already being printed. No-one’s gonna be sittin’ at home, thinking
‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyonce and Kelly the same track to
write to.’ No,
they’re just gonna be saying I ripped someone off. I called Ryan and said, ‘I
don’t understand. Why would you do that?’”

Clarkson also said, now that the album is out, the label can do whatever they want with it.
I'm sorry you're not happy about this, Kelly. I personally LOVE this song. Maybe you can convince them to release the acoustic version. Alas, though, it's probably already gone to print.

James Taylor, Jr.

UPDATE: Official Music Video


  1. Was just discussing the downside of multiple artists using a single writer with my friend. I'll have to pass this along to her.

    Tedder was definitely in the wrong. Hopefully the word can get out there so Kelly doesn't suffer the majority of the blame.

  2. I definitely think the word is gonna get out there... the CBC Radio interview is being quoted all over the web. I would like for Beyonce to comment on the situation. And I think Tedder should keep his mouth shut and keep quiet until the next OneRepublic album. Then he can say something like, "I never intended for the beats to be so similar and to be used as corresponding singles/album releases". LoL.