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Kelly Clarkson and Clive Davis: Is the Feud Over?

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Clivekelly_lAt the Kelly Clarkson concert I attended earlier this week at New York’s Beacon Theater, the rumor was that Clive Davis was also in attendance. Well, judging from this post-show photo, it looks like it wasn’t just a rumor. The reunion marks a happier chapter for the pop star and her label chairman, who battled over the content of Clarkson’s latest record, My December. Clarkson wanted to release an album full of self-penned material, while Davis didn’t feel there were enough hits among her new compositions. (Unfortunately, it seems like Davis was right, as December has sold fewer than 700,000 copies, compared to almost 6 million for Clarkson’s last CD, Breakaway.) But if Kelly’s at all upset about the low numbers, you wouldn’t have known it from her performance, which was confident, vulnerable, and even moving. At one point, Clarkson had to wipe a few tears from her eyes after the crowd’s ultra-enthusiastic response to her smash hit “Because of You.” The fans even loved the tracks she sang from December, particularly the Sarah McLachlan-esque “Sober.” And although the Beacon’s roughly 3,000-person capacity is way less than the stadiums Kelly was originally going to play on this tour, I think her more personal songs played better in a more intimate venue. Though Kelly’s not breaking any CD sales records these days, anyone lucky enough to see her on this tour will not be disappointed.