NEW YORK — [artist id="1231768"]Kelly Clarkson[/artist] is looking to put all this Ryan Tedder drama behind her.
For the uninitiated, much was made earlier this summer when people noticed the similarities between Clarkson’s “Already Gone” and Beyoncé’s “Halo,” similarities that seemed more than coincidental, considering both songs were written by the same guy: OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.
So many people began to talk about it that eventually Clarkson weighed in , saying she had no idea about Beyoncé’s song when she was recording hers, but that, when she heard it — and noted how similar it was to hers — she immediately called Tedder and asked him, “Why would you do that?”
Tedder responded , calling Clarkson’s claims “hurtful and absurd,” and then, both artists’ respective camps must have clamped on the muzzles, because we haven’t heard a peep from either one since.
So when MTV News caught up with Clarkson on the “VH1 Divas” red carpet, we asked her if she had settled her differences with Tedder or if she would advise her fellow “American Idol” alumni against working with him in the future as a result of the controversy.
“Oh no. I have a lot of songs that I’ve done with Ryan, and they all sound very different. It’s just, unfortunately, in that situation, they sound exactly the same,” she laughed. “But our melodies are different. Beyoncé and my melodies are different [on the songs].”
Clarkson did say that she’ll be performing a different version of “Already Gone” on her upcoming tour, which launches October 2 in Connecticut, but that she made the change because she wanted to try a new, appropriately diva-fied spin on the tune.
“Unfortunately, it comes out where a lot of songs sound similar and, I don’t know, I want to sound a little authentic, so we changed it,” she said. “It’s a little acoustic, and then it breaks out into this big, beautiful, diva-esque thing.”
And the new version of “Gone” won’t be the only change on her tour. She’s also throwing a new cover or two into the mix, one of which is sure to delight her (many) indie admirers.
“I’m going to do a Black Keys song this time out,” she said. “I don’t want to give away which one, though. It’s a soulful, bluesy one, which is all their songs, really.”
If you missed “VH1 Divas” on Thursday night, don’t fret: Tune in to VH1 on Friday (September 18) at 7 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at 1 p.m. to see the Divas in action.