People

Kelly Clarkson shouldn’t have to give Taylor Swift this kind of advice in 2019

Posted by
Hollie Richardson
Published
Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson has offered Taylor Swift her support amid the Scooter Braun scandal, but is her suggestion really something Swift should consider doing?

Taylor Swift recently announced that music mogul Scooter Braun now owns her catalogue of music. What makes this such a contentious issue is that Swift called Braun a “manipulative bully”. She also explained how she was told she’d have to “earn” the rights of her own music back after signing a contract when she was 15. 

Many stars have since spoken out about the prevalence of this type of treatment towards women in music, including fellow artists Lily Allen and Sky Ferreira. Now, Kelly Clarkson has offered her some support - and advice.

Taking to Twitter, the singer wrote: “@taylorswift13 just a thought, you should go in and re-record all the songs that you don’t own the masters on exactly how you did them, but put brand new art and some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions. I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point.”

You may also like

The brilliant way Kate Nash uses her imagination when she has a crisis of confidence

Swift has yet to respond to the advice, but many fans have thanked Clarkson for her support - and highlighted the significance of it.

However, there’s no denying that Swift should absolutely not have to go to such extreme lengths in a bid to reclaim ownership over her own work. And it’s yet another example of how much more physical and emotional labour women endure in the workplace – music, after all, just another business.

It is a point which Kate Nash recently explored in her brilliant BBC Three documentary Kate Nash: Underestimate the GirlThe documentary uses clips from the artist’s stage performances, interviews, pieces to camera recorded alone in her bedroom and footage from events and award ceremonies, to plot the last decade of her career and explore the way she feels she’s been underestimated, and how she’s emerged triumphant.

Essentially it’s a big middle finger up to, as Nash previously told Stylist, “the way media treated me and what they wrote about me, my label, managers and a lot of men I’ve worked with in the industry – it healed all of that and it healed all of the bullshit.”

She added: “As a woman there’s probably 20 people in your life that have underestimated you or will. Whether that be in your career or in your personal life and you’ve just got to battle it.”

Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson with Miley Cyrus in 2011
Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson with Miley Cyrus in 2011

Of course, it’s worth remembering that Clarkson – like Nash and Swift – was forced to contend with difficult male managers when she was navigating the early years of her career. Indeed, when she recorded Because of You in 2004, she “was told that [it] was a shitty song because it didn’t rhyme”.

“A group of men thought it was OK to sit around a young woman and bully her. I was told I should shut up and sing,” the singer told Variety in 2017.

If anything good has come out of the ongoing battle between Swift and Braun, it’s that female artists are opening up about their experiences in what could soon be music’s #MeToo moment. We can only hope that the rest of the world will sit up and take notice.

Want weekly culture tips and restaurant reviews? Sign up for the Stylist Loves Going Out email

Images: Getty

Topics

Share this article

Author

Hollie Richardson

Recommended by Hollie Richardson

Life

Kelly Clarkson teaches us how to handle body-shamers like a queen

And fans love her for it

Posted by
Kayleigh Dray
Published
People

Kelly Clarkson reveals decision to have fallopian tubes tied

“I am super thankful I'm never going to be pregnant again”

Posted by
Kayleigh Dray
Published
Life

Ciara’s cameo in Taylor Swift’s music video has riled homophobic trolls

And the singer really isn’t here for it

Posted by
Hollie Richardson
Published