Sony Music and Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) have generated dozens of smash hits for stars including Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, and Miley Cyrus. Now, several years after rape allegations were made by Kesha Rose Sebert, Sony has decided to distance its’ label from Kesha’s former producer, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In 2011, Sony and Dr. Luke established Kemosabe Records after Luke gained prominence for producing such songs as Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.” However, its’ been a total of five years since Kesha released a full studio album. Kesha hasn’t released an LP for Kemosabe since her 2012 album, Warrior.
The last EP Kesha released was her 2013 record, Deconstructed. It has been reported that Sony Music has since furnished Kesha with a list of producers Kesha can collaborate with. As a result of these new collabs, Kesha was due to drop a single called “True Colors” featuring Zedd, this past April.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that the Los Angeles native recorded two songs with the rock band, The Eagles Of Death Metal. The latest news of her recording is great news considering her third album has been delayed due to an ongoing legal battle with her former music producer.
In a Rolling Stone interview, guitarist Dave Catching discussed Kesha’s love of the Eagles Of Death Metal before her collaboration with the band.
“She used to come to Eagles shows when she was 16. She was always a big fan… Then I remember we got back from Europe… and she was on every magazine cover when we landed from a tour. It was really amazing.”
— MTV (@MTV) June 1, 2017
Since October of 2014, Kesha has been tied up in a legal battle with Dr. Luke, the founder of her label, Kemosabe. In February of 2016, Kesha’s attempted to obtain a preliminary injunction against Dr. Luke and Sony Music but failed. Kesha’s legal team appealed, insisting her work for Sony to be comparable to “slavery,” according to the Daily Mail.
Dr. Luke has countersued and denied any of the allegations.
Kesha’s counterclaim also states the relationship between herself and Dr. Luke is comparable to being in a destructive marriage without a possibility of divorce.
“You can get a divorce from an abusive spouse. You can dissolve a partnership if the relationship becomes irreconcilable. The same opportunity—to be liberated from the physical, emotional, and financial bondage of a destructive relationship—should be available to a recording artist.”
Dr. Luke has produced some of the biggest pop hits of the past decade and has worked with stars including Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Kelly Clarkson. Several of Katy Perry’s songs, including “Roar,” “California Gurls,” and “I Kissed a Girl,” were produced by Dr. Luke.
According to People, Kesha is credited with co-writing all of the tracks on two of her LPs, 2010’s Animal, 2012’s Warrior, and her 2010 EP Cannibal. Kesha also co-wrote the song “Timber,” a 2013 collaboration with Pitbull.
On January 5, the Inquisitr reported that Lady Gaga and Katy Perry became involved in the ongoing legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke.
Dr. Luke has also sued Kesha’s lawyer after the lawyer claimed on social media that the music producer raped Lady Gaga in 2014. Dr. Luke and Lady Gaga have both denied the allegation. The text message that Kesha sent to Lady Gaga was presented as part of the hearing on December 26, 2016. A judge allowed Dr. Luke to show the texts that were from April of 2016 to the “Poker Face” singer and Katy Perry.
The Kesha/Lady Gaga texts at the center of the new claim do not refer specifically to the name Dr. Luke. However, the Sony producer firmly believes the insinuation is quite clear.
Kesha’s team maintained that Dr. Luke has “absolute and complete control over every material decision facing Kesha’s career despite leading the Court to believe that she would be allowed to work without Dr. Luke’s ‘involvement.'”
Kesha’s counterclaim says Dr. Luke has admitted to withholding royalty statements and royalties that were due and owed to Kesha for over two years. According to the Daily Mail, Kesha claims Dr. Luke’s actions are a means of punishment and coercion and is a result of Kesha speaking up.
In April of 2016, the Daily Mail reported that a judge at the New York State Supreme Court dismissed Kesha’s counterclaims against Dr. Luke for employment discrimination, gender-based hate crime, and infliction of emotional distress.
The California case was dropped in August of 2016, but the legal battle in New York is still ongoing.
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