Clarkson’s up and coming interview with Elle Mag. KOAR is following the Clarkson story because we want to show aspiring artists how to work the media. Also want to show the negative effect of media slavery.
On battling with record industry executives over the release of My December:
“I’ve sold more than 15 million records worldwide, and still nobody listens to what I have to say. Because I’m 25 and a woman…My resistance upsets a lot of people, because we could make a lot of money. And I’m not hatin’ on money. But you know in Funny Girl, when they make Barbara Streisand sing the ‘beautiful girl’ song, and she is singing these lyrics and she knows she’s not that person? I’m just not comfortable doing things that don’t feel like me.”
On declining an offer of $10 million by Clive Davis (pictured right) to ditch five of her songs for more radio-friendly picks of his choosing:
“I am a good singer, so I can’t possibly be a good writer. Women can’t possibly be good at two things. I haven’t lost my temper about it. It only drives me more. If your thing is to bring me down, cool. I’ll just work harder.”
On being famous:
“I could give a crap about being a star. I’ve always just wanted to sing and write.”
On unflattering paparazzi shots:
“I’m fine with it. I just don’t care. I don’t wear makeup in public. I don’t worry about what I’m wearing. Hell, I wore pajamas in high school.”
On being ambivalent about her success:
“It is weird when a 12-year-old tells me I am their favorite artist. I’m always like, It’s just because you’re young and you haven’t heard everybody yet. In time, I’ll be weeded out. And that’s cool. I know I’m good singer, but I know who I am, too.”
Great interview with Clarkson. She is confident and in control maintaining focus as the media machine attempts to take her down. We said it before and we say it again, “You are aÂ rock star Kelly”. Nice job!