Looks like Dr. Luke might be leaving Sony Music. After a very public court case between Dr. Luke and Kesha, which has spawned professional singers turning their back on Sony in favor of sticking up for Kesha, the Wrap is reporting that Sony might drop Dr. Luke from his contract a year before his current negotiation is up.
The move comes after a New York City judge ruled that Kesha wouldn’t be able to get out of her deal from Sony after citing that she was in fear of Dr. Luke after years of emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of the producer.
Whether or not Dr. Luke denied the claims didn’t matter, because in the end, the courts sided with Sony. Kesha is now being forced to record another six albums with the same record label that allegedly turned a blind eye to the abuse. Although Sony was willing to make sure the two never worked again if Dr. Luke remained on the label, he still had a stake in her career.
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) March 9, 2016
Since the ruling, big names in the industry, including Adele, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, and Demi Lovato, have taken a stand against Sony and have supported Kesha. This is horrible for Sony’s PR, and according to sources close to the situation, this situation has given Sony a moment to pause and consider the damage Dr. Luke could do to their reputation if he isn’t released from his contract.
In addition, rallies have been staged outside of Sony’s headquarters to protest against the decision to keep Kesha at the label with Dr. Luke. The hashtag #FreeKesha went viral in a matter of minutes after the court’s ruling.
A source told the Wrap that for Sony, this is essentially a PR nightmare.
“There is no contest. Kesha has no case in regards to her contract but they can’t afford the Adeles of the world out in the streets calling the label unsupportive.
“The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.”
A second source has pointed to the fact that while Dr. Luke wasn’t convicted in a court of law, he was publicly “convicted” on Twitter. Despite the court ruling, many believe that Dr. Luke has tormented Kesha.
“Somebody has been convicted via Twitter. No court has convicted this person, so there may not be any legal basis to terminate an agreement. It would have to be mutual.”
— Consequence of Sound (@coslive) March 9, 2016
Lady Gaga, who has been very vocal about this issue, has called for Sony to make the right decision and to fire Dr. Luke.
It’s easy to see the guilty verdict when you have reputable talents backing Kesha and no one coming to Dr. Luke’s defense. Singer Kelly Clarkson blasted Dr. Luke recently, which sent off a firestorm of questions in regard to what happened between Clarkson and Luke.
At the time, she said during a radio show interview, “I can remark on his character and unfortunately, when you have that poor of character, like so many artists don’t like you, don’t like working with you, that’s not normal. Most of us — I get along with everybody I work with, I love everyone I work with, and he’s just not a good guy for me, to me.”
Some even wondered if Clarkson’s quote would affect the case. Although Clarkson’s comments have no effect in the court case, as a ruling has been made. However, her words made a huge impact on social media, and it might have been the final nail in the coffin for Sony.
Despite the report, Sony still has yet to make a comment about what they plan to do with Dr. Luke’s contract. Updates to follow.
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