Ryan Tedder responds to Kelly Clarkson/Beyonce controversy: 'Hurtful and absurd'

Earlier this week, the Music Mix expressed the opinion that Kelly Clarkson might have been over-reacting just a teensy bit when she alleged that co-writer/producer Ryan Tedder had ripped off his own work on Beyonce’s “Halo” for her new single “Already Gone.” Now Tedder has issued a statement in response to Clarkson’s remarks, and guess what: He thinks she’s off-base, too.

Tedder’s statement reads in full (all spelling and punctuation left unchanged): “‘Already Gone’ is one of the best songs I’ve written or produced since ‘Bleeding Love’ and stands tall on it’s own merits apart from ‘Halo.’ They are two entirely different songs conceptually, melodically, & 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 & absurd. I think when people hear ‘Already Gone’ they will hear what I hear — one of the greatest female vocalists on earth giving her most haunting and heart-breaking performance on a song she helped write. I challenge people to listen and form their own opinions.”

Head back to our earlier post to listen to “Halo” and “Already Gone” back-to-back and form those opinions, then let us know: Whose side are you on here? Does Tedder have a point?

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  • Ryan

    Tedder is pure BS; he’s just trying to save his own hide. Although the only similarity I notice is the intro, both songs are good but I prefer Already Gone.

  • Leigh-Anne

    When I bought Kelly’s CD and heard Already Gone for the first time, I actually started humming Halo before she began her lyrics. So, yeah, Tedder – either your creative juices weren’t flowing properly, you don’t give a crap, or you were too focused on other stuff to notice that you wrote the same backing music for two people.

    • PJ

      Leigh-Anne, I have to agree with you on that. I had Beyonce’s CD first and then heard Kelly’s CD right when it came out and I did the exact same thing….I started singing ‘Halo’ when ‘Already Gone’ started in the intro. I have perfect pitch and I can usually spot stuff like that instantly! It’s definitely not the same track, but definitly it has some of the same sounds and beats!

  • thesaltypoet

    Ryan Tedder should apologize for being greedy and recycling Kelly’s song to make extra bucks off beyonce!

  • Brad

    Yeah, and “No One” by Alicia Keys and “Where Is The Love” by the Black Eyed Peas sound exactly the same, too (at least their chord progression is). No one seemed to care then, I’m guessing not many will care now.

  • ladybell83

    They do sound similar and i understand why Kelly said what she did. Fans from both women, radio dj’s, news reporters, and other people in music can hear it, why can’t he? He is right about Kelly’s vocals though, They’re ama-za-zing!!! lol

  • dublin04

    I do think that Halo and Jordan Spark’s Batttlefield’s choruses sound the same to me

  • Ed

    While I do see similarities between the songs, I don’t think there was anything malicious here. It would be quite ballsy for Tedder to give the same track to music heavyweights like Beyonce and Clarkson. He has a certain style, and since he worked with both artists around the same time, these two songs mirror each other more than some of his other work. If it’s true, however, that he worked with Clarkson first and then moved to Beyonce, I do feel sorry for Clarkson. Since the public has been saturated with “Halo” for the last six months, maybe “Already Gone” will have a shorter radio life than it should; because of “Halo,” the public will be tired of hearing “Already Gone” quickly. This would be a shame, since I personally like “Already Gone” more than “Halo.” PS–Tedder may be able to write music, but he can’t craft a sentence. His spelling/grammar is pretty bad.

    • Skylar

      Though I agree that there are a few grammatical issues, nothing in his sentence is spelled incorrectly. I suggest you consult a dictionary.

  • steve g

    Yeah. And “Battlefield” doesnt rip off “Love is a Battlefield” Wonder when that lawsuits comin…

  • Lloyd

    They do sound alike, yet for some reason I really like Already Gone and didn’t care at all for Halo, but that’s probably because I think Kelly is a far better vocalist.

  • James

    Tedder has done some good stuff in the past with Leona Lewis, OneRepublic and Chris Cornell, but this was just a Freudian slip let it go, and jus walk away from it Ryan

    • Ajer

      But it’s not. A lot of his production sounds similar. Halo garnered a lot of comparisons to Bleeding love. It’s that percussion he uses. He reuses the same percussion in his music, Leona lewis’ Happy has the same drum line as Already Gone. It’s silly. He needs to be more creative.

  • couchgrouch

    they’re both hopeless pieces of cliched mush. that guy can’t write.

  • Tatiana

    To be honest there’s always songs sounding the same recently… That being said, every time I heard this song on the dismissal on SYTYCD I would start humming Halo too. That just sucks that Kelly didn’t know about it until it was too late but both songs are great.

  • mscisluv

    I still wish Kelly would learn to be a little more gracious when she broaches issues like this, though. It just makes it look like she’s always complaining about her label.

    • Be Real

      Those calling Kelly a karaoke singer or having manufactured voice have obviously never heard her sing live – come on, she won a live singing contest! She is incredible live, and outsings her album versions on a regular basis. So don’t lump Kelly in with the hack pop stars. Secondly, the point needs to be emphasized that Kelly wrote at least 60% of Already Gone, according to the song-writing credits/royalties split. If you hear differences between the songs, they probably came from Kelly’s contribution (lyrics, concept, melody). If you hear similarities they came from Tedder’s contribution (back beat, back track). So Kelly has a right to be pissed that Tedder’s portion of the song was ripped off and given to Beyonce for Halo. But I’m happy it has been released because it is a gorgeous song due to Kelly’s vocals and her songwriting.

      • Well

        Kelly won that live singing contest nearky 10 years ago! Have you heard her sing live lately?? She can’t hit any of those notes anymore, except when she’s in the studio. It’s a shame, but the girl sang her voice out…

  • stacy

    i haven’t heard either song and i doubt i ever will because ALL pop music is pretty much the same! It all sounds the same and current artists are constantly stealing(or borrowing) from other artist. If beyonce or kelly clarkson had written their OWN songs this wouldn’t have been a problem but since everyone needs a writer this is the crap that you get!

    • Elaine

      Stacy,
      Kelly Clarkson DOES write a LOT of her own songs. Beyoncé gets writing credits for changing single lyrics. Plus, ‘Well’, I have seen Kelly in concert 7 times and she has never been less-than-amazing! I also think that Already Gone is a better track and, if it had come out before Halo, it would have done amazingly on radio.
      RCA shouldn’t have released Already Gone as a single after Halo had blown-up for 6 months. I actually place more blame on their shoulders than one-trick-pony Tedder.

  • Dave Rawkblog

    Pop singers worried about their individuality should probably write their own songs.

    These are both good tracks and different enough, but I can see why Kelly’s irked.

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