Tuesday June 12, 2007
Amid controversy over her upcoming album My December, Kelly Clarkson has fired her manager.
A source confirms to Usmagazine.com that Clarkson has fired LA-based Jeff Kwatinetz, of the management company The Firm. "It happened last night. They disagreed over the songs and the direction. Everyone is surprised," says the source, who adds that Clarkson has not yet decided on a new manager. Another source adds, "Kelly had enough."
The pop star released a statement Tuesday night, saying: "I have been so fortunate to be supported by so many talented people in all corners of the music business. Those guys at the Firm did a good job and I really appreciate everything they did."
Clarkson and RCA head, Clive Davis, debated over the direction of My December. A source close to Clarkson told Us that although the feud between them was "overblown," there were creative differences. The source adds the tug-of-war "was hard on Kelly" and that "it's a struggle that happens all the time."
Clarkson has not kept her dissatisfaction with the way reps and record label execs have handled her new album a secret. The singer recently told Elle Magazine: “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.”
The magazine also reports that she fought with her label and representatives over her Idol Gives Back performance. "My label wanted me to sing 'Never Again,' and I was like, to promote yourself on a charity event is beyond crass. People are starving and dying and I'm up there singing some bitter pop song? And believe me, everyone wanted me to sing it. Because they are jaded and they have no soul. Imagine sitting in a room full of people totally against you. Can't they hear themselves speaking? Capitalize on AIDS? Are you kidding? Insulting an entire nation of people? I just refused."