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  • Kelly Clarkson vs Clive Davis...who ya' got?

    Posted by Otis Day

    Kelly Clarkson went on Twitter to share a letter with her fans to "clear up" some "misinformation" in music mogul Clive Davis' new autobiography.


    Here's Kelly's letter in full:

     

    "So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don't have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis."

    "First, he says I burst into 'hysterical sobbing' in his office when he demanded 'Since You Been Gone' be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn't be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way."

    "But, yes, I did cry in his office once. I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called 'Because Of You.' I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a 'sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.' He continued on about how the song didn't rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing. This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with. But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn't include that in the book."

    "He also goes on to say 'My December' wasn't successful because I co-penned the album and it didn't have 'pop hits'. Well, first let me say, I've co-penned many of my 'pop hits.' Secondly, 'My December' went platinum (It sold 20,000 less than All I Ever Wanted which followed My December.) Hardly a huge failure. 'Never Again', the ONLY single they released in the US from that record was a Top 10 hit. I am very proud of that and I have my fans to thank."

    "But, again, what's most interesting about his story is what he leaves out: He doesn't mention how he stood up in front of his company at a convention and belittled me and my music and completely sabotaged the entire project. It never had a chance to reach its full potential. 'My December' was an album I needed to make for myself for many reasons and the fact that I was so completely disregarded and disrespected was so disheartening, there really aren't words to explain."

    "Anyway, I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans. I love my label and all of my professional relationships… now. And I am grateful for Clive for teaching me to know the difference. Cheers to another amazing year! And, as always, thanks for listening!"

     

    SOURCE

     

    Clive Responds:


    Clive claims his account was fact checked no less than five times. He said:

    "As anyone who has read ‘The Soundtrack of My Life' knows, I think Kelly Clarkson is a tremendous vocal talent and performer. In the book, I provide an in-depth look at our years together during which we shared major multi-platinum success, as well as a few creative differences.

    "I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together. Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all. The chapter as it is written was thoroughly verified by each and every one of them.

    "I stand by the chapter as written in my book. At the same time I wish, and will always wish, Kelly's talent and her career to soar to ever new heights."

     

    Source

  • Star Wars VII is coming!

    Posted by Otis Day

    Harrison Ford

    Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Han Solo for the new "Star Wars" movie.

    Disney announced they will be making "Star Wars VII" in November and rumors have been swirling ever since that Ford would be in it.

    Sources confirmed that Ford will be in the movie, but it's not known what his role will be since the script isn't finished yet.

     

    FYI: Harrison Ford is 70-years-old.

    I read this on usatoday.com

  • 5-year-old lucky to be alive after his dad slams into a cop car at 130mph*VIDEO

    Posted by Otis Day

     A 5-year-old boy somehow survived after his dad plowed into a cop car while going 130-mph in a high speed chase through central Iowa.

    The 33-year-old father-of-the-year nominee had been on the run with his son in the middle of a big custody battle. Dad was reported to be suicidal.

    A cop tried to pull the car over because the license plate was obscured…but the dad took off and lead cops through several counties at well over 100mph.

    After cops set up spike strips and a roadblock…he went through the strips and then rammed into an empty squad car at about 130mph. Video shows an officer walking away from the car about 5 seconds before he slams into it.

    Somehow the 5-year-old boy was found alive behind the driver's seat under a pile of clothes. He's in serious but stable condition. His dad died instantly.

     

     I originally read this on desmoinesregister.com

  • The least romantic city is...

    Posted by Otis Day

    Trenton, NJ ranks as the least romantic city in America.

    The rankings were made by the social media site Foursquare, which allows users to check in when they're out and about. Trenton had the least amount of check ins on Valentine's Day, which means couples are just plain not going on dates in that capital city.

    Other unromantic cities included: Akron, Virginia Beach, Springfield in Missouri, El Paso, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Greenville, Lansing and Tucson.

    Those that were considered more romantic were: San Francisco, New Orleans, New York City, Savannah, Honolulu, Portland, Harrisburg, Seattle, Charleston and Denver.

    I read this at nj.com

  • This woman has a stong stuck in her head permanently!

    Posted by Otis Day

    I read this crazy story in dailymail.co.uk

    A 63-year-old woman suffers from a rare condition which makes her have musical hallucinations.

    She has had the 50's tune "How much is that doggie in the window" stuck in her head for THREE years.

    Musical hallucination involves hearing melodies in your head on a continuous loop. (Earworms.)

    She has been told that there is no cure and she will be stuck with it for life.

    If you had to pick one song to be stuck in your head forever...what would it be? Mine would be "Hey Hey What Can I Do" by Led Zeppelin.

  • PARENTS!! What you need to know about Snapchat

    Posted by Otis Day

     

    Have you heard about Snapchat? Are you following your kids on Instagram? If not...it's time. If they're on Twitter, I'd suggest following on there too.

    Snapchat is a photo app popular with high school and college kids.

    Users can take photos of themselves or their surroundings and send it to their friends. The hook is, it's just a "snap". The photo self-destructs after just a few short seconds.

    So many kids use it to send naughty pics that they don't want saved forever and passed around to others.

    But keep in mind, the photos don't REALLY destruct forever. Users can take a screen shot of the photo before it disappears, or take a picture of their screen with another phone or camera. Snapchat does send a message to a user if their picture has been captured with a screen shot.

    While many parents worry about the dangers of sexting with this app, one social media professor feels that once it's been studied many will be surprised that sexting isn't as pervasive on the app as silly pictures of friends and cats.

    I read details about Snapchat from 9news.com

  • This dad is paying his daughter $200 to stay off Facebook!

    Posted by Otis Day

    Facebook deactivation agreement

    I read an interesting story on dailymail.co.uk about a dad and his 14-year-old daughter who signed a (legal) contract stating dad promises to pay her $200 if she can stay off Facebook for five months.

    Scott Baier made his daughter Rachel sign a contact promising she would quit the social networking site from February until the end of the school year (June). He said in a blog post that quitting Facebook was his daughter's idea - and one that he fully supports.

    I don't know if paying is the way to go, but monitoring and taking responsibility for our kids time on social networking sites, iPods, computers, tablets, and more is a good thing. My daughter got an iPod touch last year from her mom and its very consuming. You really need to limit time on it, especially if they have the ability to text, because then all the 11 year old drama at school comes home and is right there in the living room.

    But paying $200 to stay off? Not sure I'm good for that.

  • *VIDEO*"God Made a Farmer" ad is a rip off

    Posted by Otis Day

    I read this on slate.com

    One Super Bowl ad that made a big splash on Sunday was Dodge's "God Made a Farmer" which layered a famous Paul Harvey speech about farming over photos of farmers.

    It turns out that in 2011, a site called Farms.com had already made this video - with slight differences.

    Dodge essentially used the idea, with better production value and an ad for their trucks at the end of it.

  • The U.S. Post Office doesn't have to obey traffic laws?

    Posted by Otis Day

    I read this story at cleveland.com

    Traffic cameras in East Cleveland nabbed U.S. Postal Service Vehicles breaking the law seven times. The city sent a notice to the Post Office with a picture of the infraction and a demand for payment.

    The Postal Service's attorney sent a letter in reply to remind the city about the U.S. Constitution. The letter said:

    "As you are probably aware, the Postal Service enjoys federal immunity from state and local regulation. The Postal Service requires its employees to obey all traffic laws and rules while operating Postal Service vehicles. However, the state and/or local ordinances imposing penalties and fines cannot be enforced as against the Postal Service."

    The East Cleveland Mayor had the comeback of the year: "I was unaware that the Post Office doesn't have to stop at red lights or obey the speed limit, but since they are, I wish I'd get my mail faster."