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05 May 2007 @ 02:29 am
RCA Says Kelly-Album-Scrapping is a Not True  
From hitsdailydouble:

RCA SUPPORTS KELLY: Despite rumor-mongering from the U.K. Daily Star and other online sources, there is no dispute between Kelly Clarkson and the RCA Music Group. These rumors began after the SBMG International meetings in Las Vegas a couple of weeks back and were based on an inaccurate report about Clive Davis' presentation of Kelly's new LP at the confab. Sources who were there insist the chatter is not true. In fact, Davis specifically stated that Kelly is “one of the top four artists at Sony BMG” and wanted to ensure that she is treated as such. There are absolutely no plans to scrap the LP. Meanwhile, Richard Palmese's promo team is working round the clock to deliver Kelly's first single, “Never Again,” to trigger the release of what all are convinced is a chart-topping album.

That's a relief.
boundaid on May 5th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
OH. They shot a music video, had her Vitamin Water ads come out, and even had her return to American Idol. And she's not...releasing an album? >_<

DUH. She's releasing an album. Just playing it smart to make her fans want it more so when it does come out, it does good.
Arabian: Kelly_Stararabian on May 5th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Shooting the video is the only thing that really has to do with RCA. A lot of people who don't have albums coming out, are not musicians or aren't on RCA were at the AI thing. The Vitamin Water thing has been going on for a couple of months now and has nothing to do with the album.

Only shooting the video applied, and Rhianna apparently was in a similar situation, where she had her album, they released the first single and did the whole deal, but they didn't like the the album and so scrapped it and released it later with new stuff and a new single and the album did great.

So there was legitimate reason for concern, especially since NA is not being received as well as Kelly's other singles so far. I'm just glad it's not true, and really hope RCA's response isn't some form of spin control.
boundaid on May 5th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
But isn't NA right now at #8? I mean not to toot her own horn, but that's pretty good. I doubt she'll beat the highest chart climber (she has the record #52 to #1 for A MOMENT LIKE THIS) but I really don't think they are that naive. Her fans are true. Her fans from her AI days LOVE her as eclectic. We know she can pull off the Etta James, the Reba, the Steven Tyler but we also love her just for being herself. She had to start playing arenas because her BREAKAWAY tour was selling out. RCA knows she's a good singer and I just wish they would have more faith. (Even Kelly said they were displeased with the direction of the new album) but hopefully their uncertainity is more sales based and less a trial on her as an artist.

BUT! Her next album will be country/blues? Is it bad...that I WANT MY DECEMBER but I also want her next album?
Arabian: Justin_Shinearabian on May 6th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
The thing I've learned through my love of Kelly and Justin is that nothing is really what it seems. The bigwigs (like Davis) have complete control. Kelly is partly a star because Davis wanted her to be. So many things are controlled/created/etc. Yes, popularity comes in, but artists aren't ALLOWED to be popular, unless the label is behind them and it depends how much they're willing to pay to do it. Then can just as easily bury them. That's what happened to Justin, his album was released without a single, with no promotion, when the single was released, there was no video. On it's own, with no payola, no video, no airplay in most of the big radio stations, it climbed to #52 just by word of mouth (because the song was sooooooooo good) and then in July, it was literally pulled by the label from stations. You literally can NOT request Justin Guarini at radio stations, because his songs are on a no-play list from the label. His album was released (as I said earlier) with very little fanfare and was released on a super-Tuesday. (That's one of four Tuesday's a year where tons of big releases are scheduled and his was slipped in and virtually ignored). And then, of course, the label spread bad buzz about him. All because Clive Davis was mad at Justin for playing a more modern version of "Unchained Melody" on his Idol appearance, as opposed to the traditional version that was on his album -- which was forced on him by Davis.

It's all big suits and money and if an artist is given all the tools to succeed and they DO, then they're a success. Kelly was given all the tools and, since, she IS so charming and talented, she succeeded. If Davis decided he was no longer behind her? He could destroy her career just as easily as he did Justin. The power the bigwigs have behind the labels are ludicrously insane.
boundaid on May 6th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
ARE YOU SERIOUS? Justin on a no-play list. I mean, Kelly is bigger in my opinion (I didn't say better singer..how about..more commercial?) because Justin SERIOUSLY gave me goosebumps when he cover 'THE SUN GOING DOWN ON ME' or some song title to that effect.

So, basically Kelly is fucked if this album goes south for her? Because Clive will either be like: A)I told you so or B) you're done?

I feel bad for all the top 3 Idols from every season. Most get record deals and then fade away. We live in a weird world where each year we only like like 5 groups. (2005 = Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, The Killers, Green Day, Maroon 5....being EVERYWHERE)

Arabian: Kelly_Stararabian on May 6th, 2007 09:00 am (UTC)
YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Justin was COMPLETELY screwed by RCA. COMPLETELY. You know when he was supposedly dropped by the label? The reason he wasn't able to sign up with another label is because he actually WASN'T dropped, RCA just let people believe it to label him a failure. I'm sure Justin couldn't say anything because of a legal gag order. Davis SCREWED HIM completely. I played his album for a friend recently, who listens to and likes all of the current big names in music and on the radio and she was shocked because it was so good and in her opinion, better than a lot of stuff on the radio.

Of course, Kelly is bigger (although, more commerical? No. Justin was basically a checklist of what it takes to be a successful pop star before Davis buried him and spread bad buzz to the point where most people are under the impression he can't even sing and got to the finals based on the teenybopper fanbase). The reason that Kelly is a success is because Davis WANTED her to be a success (and it helped that she had charm and talent). She was allowed to have a career. Justin's was sunk before it started. Davis never gave him a chance. They made their money off of him (his album sold almost 120,000 copies -- which for most new artist WITH promotion is considered healthy sales -- with practically no money spent on advertising).

* That song was a cover of Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me" and it was one of Justin's straight-out best vocal performances. He also sang "Let's Stay Together" that night and despite the non-stop bashing that Randy and Simon had been laying on him since week two (undeservedly except for week three), even they couldn't bash him that night because he was SO on!! Of course, they still gave more praise to Kelly whose voice was about as wrecked as could possibly be at that point. Sigh, I love the girl now, but the pimping they did for her from week five and on turned me against her so much; I'm so glad I was able to see past that to appreciate her.

Anyhoo, I don't think Kelly will be fucked if the album is buried by Davis -- and I don't think it will be because she IS one of RCA's shining lights right now (but then I never thought they'd deliberately destroy Justin's career, so ??) -- she'll have another album to redeem herself and if that doesn't work, a few more years she'll have another shot (ala Mariah Carey).