Clarkson Relents, Will Let "Idol" Use Her Songs
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 16:31:43
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When Simon Cowell talks, American Idol contestants listen -- even former contestants who go on to become multi-platinum superstars.
That appears to have been the case in a recent flap over Kelly Clarkson's hit "Since U Been Gone," which Idol producers were told they did not have permission to use on the show. Although it wasn't clear that the decision to prohibit use of the song was Clarkson's, Cowell lashed out at Idol's first winner, noting that "no matter how talented Kelly Clarkson is, she would not be in the position she's in now without winning this show."
"I think that by ignoring the show you're ignoring the audience who put you there," Cowell told reporters on Tuesday.
Yesterday, Clarkson apparently decided that the sharp-tongued Idol judge was right. A representative from Sony BMG, Clarkson's label, said her management was negotiating with the show over which songs will be used.
Cowell briefly served as Clarkson's manager, but was fired before the release of her latest album, Breakaway, which catapulted her to superstar status. At the time of the firing, Clarkson referred to Cowell as a "great guy," but said she needed someone who could devote more attention to her career.
-- The ARTISTdirect Staff