Kelly Clarkson Says She Turned Down “Millions” To Avoid Sharing A Songwriting Credit With Dr. Luke

“I don’t care about the money.”

September 14, 2017

In a new interview with Z100, Kelly Clarkson revealed that she voluntarily opted out of earning "hundreds of thousands of dollars," "or millions" in royalties so she wouldn't have to credit Dr. Luke as a writer on "My Life Would Suck Without You."


"They brought up writing credit at the end because they were like, 'Well, you changed the song,'" she said. "And I was like, 'I don't want my name near his. I wanna pretend this didn't happen in my life and I wanna forget it.'"

Instead, Dr. Luke received a producing credit on the 2009 hit. Clarkson went on to explain how the decision was about taking a stand to her label though.

"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," she added. "I don't care about, oh, 'You're going to be the most famous person ever if you do this.' That's not what holds weight in my life."

Dr. Luke previously worked with Clarkson on her 2004 breakout single "Since U Been Gone." While the singer-songwriter claims that Dr. Luke never abused her in the manner that Kesha alleged, she did tell Australia's KIIS 1065 that RCA blackmailed her into working with him. Last year, Clarkson admitted that the record label wouldn't release her All I Ever Wanted album if she didn't cooperate by collaborating with him.

"I was so frustrated because I literally said anyone in the world but this one person," she said. "I will work with anyone you want to put in my path, like I love people! But it was just this one thing and I asked to not work with Dr. Luke just because I had not a good experience working with him. They just wouldn't give it to me."

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Kelly Clarkson Says She Turned Down “Millions” To Avoid Sharing A Songwriting Credit With Dr. Luke