Kelly Clarkson did all she could to “Breakaway” from Dr. Luke.
The singer revealed that she gave up “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” possibly “millions,” by refusing to share a co-writing credit with the controversial producer on her hit 2009 song “My Life Would Suck Without You.”
Clarkson, 35, explained that she typically tweaks songs she’s given in order to make them “more me.” If she changes the song enough, she’ll ask the label to tack her name onto the songwriting credits.
But in the case of Dr. Luke — with whom she had an unspecified “negative experience” — sharing a credit was too close for comfort.
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“I was so frustrated that I was forced to work (with him),” Clarkson told Z100, explaining that the label threatened to hold the release of her album until she relented. “But it was just this one thing and I asked not to work with Dr. Luke because I had not a good experience with him.”
The “Stronger” singer said that while the changes she made to “My Life Would Suck Without You” were enough to warrant a credit, she opted not to associate herself with Dr. Luke, 43.
“I was like, ‘I don’t want my name near his. I want to pretend this didn’t happen in my life, and I want to forget it,’” she said. “There’s hundreds of thousands of dollars gone ’cause of that, or millions, I’m sure, that song was huge.”
Clarkson said that even nearly ten years later, she’d proud she stuck to her guns.
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“I was making a point to the people working with me, going, ‘This is how much I don’t want to do this,'” she said. “I don’t care about the money. That’s not what holds weight in my life.”
Dr. Luke has long been a controversial figure in the music industry.
In 2014, Kesha accused him of drugging and raping her, and the two have been embroiled in court battles ever since.
Clarkson said that Kesha’s situation had nothing to do with her decision to distance herself from Dr. Luke, but previously defended the singer last year after a judge ruled against Kesha’s request to break her record contract.
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“Trying 2 not say anything since I can’t say anything nice about a person… so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke,” Clarkson tweeted.
In 2016, she added that Dr. Luke had “poor” character, and that it was revealing that “so many artists don’t like you and don’t like working with you.”
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