Tell Me A Lie

Album: Up All Night (2011)
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  • Kelly Clarkson penned this song for One Direction. The What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) singer is proud of their recording: "It's a really cute song, I love it," she said. "I loved that they liked it. They sound really great on it. I already have it – I'm so VIP with my copy on my computer, It does sound really good."
  • Speaking to UK newspaper The Daily Star, Kelly Clarkson said she rarely gives her own tracks to other performers. "Giving away my songs is not something I do lightly," she explained. "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.'"

    However, on this occasion Simon Cowell asked Clarkson if One Direction could use one of her songs, and she realized the track would work after hearing the group perform. "When Simon Cowell put me forward to write for One Direction I said, 'Let me hear them first,'" she said. "Simon has been really supportive since I won American Idol. 'Tell Me a Lie' is the cut I've got on 1D's album as 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."
  • Clarkson admitted to the UK newspaper The Metro that she didn't know who One Direction were when she was approached with the idea of giving them this track. "It was meant to be on my album Stronger but it didn't fit," she explained, before adding with a laugh. "So my manager wanted to pitch it to One Direction for their debut album and I was like, 'I don't know who that is.'"

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