The interwebs is alive today with the sound of music — or more accurately, the sound of a music scandal over two dueling diva power ballads: Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” and Beyonce’s “Halo.”
MTV, Rolling Stone, and other press outlets are breathlessly replaying Clarkson’s remarks to reporter on Canada’s CBC regarding the two songs’ similarities, and her disappointment in co-writer Ryan Tedder (he of OneRepublic frontmanship and “Bleeding Love” co-penning fame). Says Kelly, in part, of working with Tedder:
“We wrote about six songs together, four or five of them made the album. It was all fine and dandy. I’d never heard of a song called ‘Halo.’ Her album came out when my album was already being printed. No-one’s gonna be sittin’ at home, thinking ‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyonce and Kelly the same track to write to.’ No, they’re just gonna be saying I ripped someone off. I called Ryan and said, ‘I don’t understand. Why would you do that?’”
Watch them both here (The Beyonce clip will send you directly to a sanctioned YouTube stream):
Kelly also claims she “fought and fought” to prevent the label from releasing “Already Gone” as a single; they’re doing it now without her consent: “It sucks, but it’s one of those things I have no control over. I already made my album. At this point, the record company can do whatever they want with it. It’s kind of a s—-y situation, but.… You know, you learn.”
You know what I learned, readers? These songs are NOT SO MUCH ALIKE. Seriously — take any GarageBand backbeat to a songwriting session with two of the strongest female singers in the business, and you’ll get something about as similar as these: i.e., not much, beyond their atmospheric balladry.
But you tell me, readers — does Kelly have a right to be fightin’ mad at Tedder, or is this all just silly shenanigans?
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