Saturday, May 25, 2024

Kelly Clarkson Jumps to Atlantic Records, Finally Reunited with Her Original Producer


Kelly Clarkson is finally off of RCA. She’s moving to Atlantic Records. And this will reunite her with the man who guided her to her biggest hit– Pete Ganbarg, who trained under Clive Davis

and is now the head of A&R at Atlantic, where he’s riding high right now with the “Hamilton” original cast album.

Clarkson has had a string of hits with RCA but fought with the people there the whole time. At one time she was taking pot shots at Clive Davis over releasing her album called “My December.” It was almost her Waterloo, but Davis & Co. put her back on track with more hits. She just had a big one with “Piece by Piece.”

Even though she is contentious, Clarkson knows her mind. And she has a great voice. The original “American Idol” winner still has a big future a la Linda Ronstadt. And Atlantic– well, the Warner Music Group always needs a star on its roster. So it’s win win.

PS Pete is more modest. He says: Wish I could take credit for this one but it was all Craig [Kallman] and Julie [Greenwald] (with John Esposito in Nashville). Obviously thrilled to have her here at Atlantic; she’s an amazing talent. Also, I only did one album with her at RCA and it was “All I Ever Wanted,” not the album with “Since U Been Gone.”

Congrats to all of them!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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