Kelly Clarkson says label didn’t support her songwriting because she’s a woman

In the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, Kelly Clarkson talks about the process of making her upcoming third album, My December, due out June 26. It’s being billed as "dark," and Clarkson herself admits that the album is a bit different: "This record is more intense, it’s more raw, it’s more emotional. But it’s not that different. It’s not Metallica."

Clarkson had to struggle to wrest control over this album from the record label who wanted her to reunite with the producers behind the runaway smash Breakaway, but when she presented them with her new songs, they apparently thought the album was "too negative." And tracks such as "Hole" in which she declares "There’s a hole inside of me/It’s so damn cold, slowing killing me" might prove their point. (Alternatively, maybe they objected to the teen angstiness of it?)

But the pop star thinks they objected because of a more basic problem: sexism. When EW asked her why they were so resistant, she answered: "It’s because I’m a woman — because I’m a young woman. I literally heard someone say it [during a conference call]. They didn’t know I was on the phone. Like, really? We’re living in what century? I hung up. I was like, I can’t even address that. ‘Cause that was the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard."

Clarkson counts as one of her favorite albums Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill and clearly believes in her album. "No, it doesn’t say, ‘I’m happy, I’m with a boy and having so much fun.’ But it’s reality."

The article also addresses the way that people commented on her weight, particularly after her recent American Idol performance. "I work out when I want to work out; I don’t work out when I don’t want to work out," she says. "After a long day and I’m tired, yeah, a cookie helps."

I think I’m gonna buy this album, because who cares if it’s too negative? Clarkson clearly rocks.

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