Songwriter/producer Ryan Tedder
has fired back at Kelly Clarkson
over claims he duped the singer into reworking and "ripping off" Beyonce
's hit "Halo."
The "Since U Been Gone" hitmaker claims OneRepublic
singer Tedder sent her the song that became Halo without telling her he'd already offered it to Beyonce.
As a result, the American Idol
winner has been forced to defend her version, "Already Gone," after receiving criticism for its similarity to Beyonce's recent release.
To make matters worse, record company bosses at Sony Music have decided to release Clarkson's ballad as her new single - prompting the singer to go public with her thoughts about OneRepublic star Tedder.
In an interview with a Canadian radio station earlier this week, upset Clarkson said, "No one's gonna be sitting at home, thinking, 'Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyonce and Kelly the same track to write to.' No, they're just gonna be saying I ripped someone off. I called Ryan and said 'I don't understand. Why would you do that?'"
And now Tedder, who co-wrote Leona Lewis
' megahit "Bleeding Love," is breaking his silence over the controversy, admitting the American Idol winner's comments are "hurtful and absurd".
He says, "Already Gone is one of the best songs I've written or produced since Bleeding Love and stands tall on its own merits apart from Halo.
"They are two entirely different songs conceptually, melodically and lyrically and I would never try to dupe an artist such as Kelly Clarkson or Beyonce into recording over the same musical track. The idea is both hurtful and absurd."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)