Kelly Clarkson refused to scrap material for her latest album My December on the orders of label boss Clive Davis, because she didn't want to be a "pushover".
The Because Of You singer - whose new LP sold 291,000 copies in its first week of release - was offered $10m (€7.2m) from executives at her record labels RCA and Sony BMG to record new tracks, because they feared her own songwriting might not generate as many hits as her two previous releases.
But Clarkson declined the generous amount because she insists her music isn't meant to appeal to the label bosses - whom she brands as members of the older generation.
She tells the August issue of US magazine Blender: "(I told Davis) I don't know you very well but. I get (that) you don't like the album. You're 80; you're not supposed to like my album.
"I literally got told to my face that it wouldn't sell more than 600,000 copies. And I got lied to. One reason I don't like working with people at the label is that they lie… If you're going with the flow and not fighting, that's settling. I can't take that. Life is just too short to be a pushover."