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CLARKSON SAYS ALBUM ANIMOSITY IS RELATIVE

Maybe some early sales success is making her feel more vindicated than vindictive. Kelly Clarkson took to her Web site Monday to say that the feud between her and legendary label honcho Clive Davis over her new album, My December, has been blown out of proportion and context. "Contrary to recent characterizations in the press, I'm well aware that Clive is one of the great record men of all time," Clarkson wrote. "He has been a key adviser and has been an important force in my success to date. He has also given me respect by releasing my new album when he was not obligated to do so. I really regret how this has turned out, and I apologize to those whom I have done disservice." For months, Clarkson has weathered - and also fueled - reports of a battle with Davis over the direction of My December, which was released June 26. Clarkson co-wrote every track on the personal, angst-filled album. Davis wanted other writers to do songs for her and even backhandedly dissed her for not going along with his plan in a speech on the season finale of American Idol. "Like any family we will disagree and argue sometimes but, in the end, it's respect and admiration that will keep us together," Clarkson wrote.

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