First Kelly Clarkson, Now Ruben Blades Takes on Clive Davis
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Actually, Rubén Blades' beef is with a review of Davis's book, which was published in The New York Times last month and he took to the paper's pages on Sunday to take issue with some statements in Tom Carson's review and the paper itself.
The Grammy-winning Blades -- who isn't a pop hit-maker like Kelly Clarkson, but a well-respected artist in Latin music community -- writes, "Carson's review of Clive Davis's Soundtrack of My Life states: 'As the head of Columbia Records in the 1960s, he discovered, among others, Janis Joplin.' Record executives do not discover artists: they stumble upon them. Not ever Christopher Columbus would have had the chutzpah to claim he 'made' America."
The Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter and actor goes on to disparage high-powered record execs, implying that they profit on the backs of artists and become "millionaires, while true artists, like Rodriguez, end up broke and ripped-off."
Finally, Blades delivers the knock-out punch, not to Clive, but The Grey Lady itself, writing, "That record executives step forward to usurp credit for artists' success is not uncommon. More disconcerting is that their self-serving accounts are considered worthy of review in your pages."
Back in February, Clarkson accused Davis of "spreading false information about me and my music" and bullying. No word what she thinks of The New York Times.