Kelly Clarkson turned down ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’ to avoid working with Dr Luke

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Kelly Clarkson has spoken out again about her less than high opinion of Dr Luke.

In an interview with Z100’s Mo Bounce, Clarkson alleged her record label RCA had forced her to work with the producer Lukasz ‘Dr Luke’ Gottwald.

Gottwald is credited on Clarkson’s 2009 song My Life Would Suck Without You, as a co-writer and co-producer.

Clarkson claimed she turned down a writing credit on the song, and therefore ‘hundreds of thousands…or millions’ of dollars, because she did not want her name to appear next to his.

“Basically, they [RCA] were gonna sit on my record unless I did what they wanted, I was so frustrated because I literally said, ‘Anyone in the world but this one person. I will work with anyone you want to put in my path.”

Dr Luke with singer Miley Cyrus at the 56th Grammy Awards. (Getty)

Clarkson had previously worked with Gottwald on her 2004 songs Since U Been Gone and Behind Those Hazel Eyes.

“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,’”

Clarkson said she had made changes to My Life Would Suck Without You which would have entitled her to a writing credit, but she declined.

The track was the lead single from Clarkson’s album All I Ever Wanted.

Explaining her decision, she said “I was making a point to the people working with me, going, ‘This is how much I didn’t want to do this.’ I don’t care about the money. I don’t care about, ‘Oh, you’re going to be the most famous person if you do this,’…that’s not what holds weight in my life.”

My Life Would Suck Without You made number one on its second in the Billboard Hot 100 charts, jumping from its first week position of 97 – one of the largest ever recorded.

This is not the first time Clarkson has spoken out about her antagonism to Dr Luke.

Speaking to Kiss1065 in 2016, she said that “He’s not a good person, to me. We’ve clashed.”.

She added “When so many artists don’t like you, that says something.”

In the same year, Clarkson also shared this cryptic tweet about Gottwald.


On the subject of Gottwald’s legal battles with Kesha, whose fans often call on Clarkson to condemn Gottwald, she declined to pass judgement on the specific situation, telling KISS1065 “I’ll be honest about the guy but I don’t know the situation”.

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