Kelly Clarkson turned down a ton of money to avoid sharing a songwriting credit with Dr. Luke on “My Life Would Suck Without You.”
“I was so frustrated because I literally said, ‘Anyone in the world but this one person’…. but it was just this one thing,” she said of working with the producer, who’s currently embroiled in a legal battle with Kesha. “And I asked not to work with Dr. Luke … just because I had not a good experience with him. It was one thing and [the label] wouldn’t even give it to me.”
Clarkson also noted that her record label threatened to sit on her album unless she included “My Life Would Suck Without You” on the record. They compromised: She’d record it, but she refused to include her name in the songwriting credits next to his, even though she’d contributed to it.
“There’s a lot of times in my career where you don’t see my name on the song and that’s because sometimes I don’t write them,” she said. “A lot of times I do change the song in a way that probably you should ask for credit, but I don’t because the song was already great — I just made it more me. I think a lot of artists steal credit a lot from writers, which I think is super crappy because that’s their livelihood.”
“If I deserve it, I usually ask. And I did deserve it on [‘My Life Would Suck Without You’] just because I changed it a bit … They brought up writing credit at the end. They were like, ‘Well, you changed the song.’ And 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.’”
Last year, Clarkson revealed that she felt Dr. Luke had a “poor” character, noting, “A lot of artists that have worked with him don’t work with him anymore for pretty good, solid reasons. He’s not a good person to me. We’ve clashed. I can’t really say anything other than that.”