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Kelly Clarkson hesitated before giving song to One Direction

6/13/2014
Kelly Clarkson hesitated before giving song to One Direction © Kelly Clarkson / AP Kelly Clarkson hesitated before giving song to One Direction

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Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson says she refused to hand One Direction one of her tracks until she heard the boy band perform.

She tells Britain's Daily Star, "Giving away my songs is not something I do lightly. I'm very particular about that because my songs are like my babies. If I wanted it done, I can sing it myself. I'm such a writer's snob. "People have asked for songs and I'm like, 'I can't stand their voice. They're not singing my song.' When Simon Cowell put me forward to write for One Direction, I said, 'Let me hear them first.'"

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Clarkson was won over by the pop sensations and agreed to let them include "Tell Me a Lie" on their debut album, "Up All Night."

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She adds, "I like the story of them, how they came together as a group. While I wrote the song for me, it didn't fit in the current album, as I never want an album to sound like one thought. One Direction have worked so well in America as well as the U.K. because people love a story; plus, they have this innocence about them that attracts people."

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