At this rate we could have a whole new [artist id=”1231768″]Kelly Clarkson[/artist] album by mid-summer. Another KC track leaked on Thursday (May 6), and this one appears to take dead aim at [artist id=”2128037″]OneRepublic[/artist] leader and songwriter Ryan Tedder.
The track, “Wash, Rinse, Repeat,” features the biting lyrics “Does it sound familiar, does it linger in your ear/ Like something you remember from just last year,” as well as “Music from the past, from the present, well, just last week/ We will change a note and get away with it, wait and see.” The strongly worded dis appears to be a thinly veiled reference to the controversy about the similarity between two Tedder co-writes, Beyoncé’s “Halo” and Clarkson’s “Already Gone,” which erupted into a bit of a thing last summer.
When the Clarkson single was released, she said she had not heard “Halo,” but once she did, she claimed she fought hard to keep “Gone” from being released because of the similarities between the tunes. Clarkson, who hasn’t been afraid to mix it up in the past , laid the blame squarely on Tedder, saying when she heard “Halo” she called him and angrily asked why he had given the same song to two different artists.
Tedder responded at the time in a statement in which he said, “‘Already Gone’ is one of the best songs I’ve written or produced since [Leona Lewis’] ‘Bleeding Love’ and stands tall on its own merits apart from ‘Halo.’ They are two entirely different songs conceptually, melodically and lyrically, and I would never try to dupe an artist such as Kelly Clarkson or Beyoncé into recording over the same musical track. The idea is both hurtful and absurd.”
Reps for Clarkson said they had no comment on the new flare-up, and Tedder’s rep could not be reached at press time. Meanwhile, a representative for Sony Music chief creative officer Clive Davis told Entertainment Weekly that other lyrics in the song are not aimed at music-industry legend Davis, a sometime Clarkson nemesis .
In those lines from the chorus, Clarkson sings, “I’ll be playing God and you can be my [airhorn]/ The only compromise is you get to pick/ Which of these formulas is your perfect fit?/ Wash, rinse, repeat, why are you fighting it?” Those lines appear to refer to the public feud Clarkson had with Davis when the label boss blanched at releasing her more rock-leaning 2007 album My December. In another slam at the cookie-cutter nature of the music business in the heavily AutoTuned robotic dance song, which sounds like it could be a Pink outtake, Clarkson sings, “Don’t get crazy/ Keep between those lines/ We loved you/ Here’s what we have in mind/ We’ve worked with everyone/ Trust us and see.”
Last week, Clarkson got angry when a song known as “Cleopatra” leaked.
” ‘Cleopatra’ is NOT a song on my next record!” she target="_blank">tweeted. “It was written for another artist! I have no idea how it leaked, it’s a rough demo, unfinished!” As if that isn’t enough, the leaky Clarkson camp also produced another new track this week, the driving pop rocker “Naked Eye,” which a number of blogs instantly tagged as a sped-up, virtual remake of Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion (Lies).” The Clarkson song with the more driving backing track has a very similar melody and endlessly repeated keyboard riff, albeit overlayed with the original “American Idol” winner’s patented urgent singing and some poppy, swirly synths laid over the top.
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