Kelly Clarkson Clarifies Dr. Luke Blackmail Claims, As His War With Ke$ha Continues
Kelly Clarkson recently joined the chorus of voices against Dr. Luke, who is currently involved in a highly publicized legal fight with Ke$ha. However, Clarkson’s comments created some confusion with her current label, RCA Records. Fortunately, Clarkson cleared everything up in a post to Twitter.
“Want to clarify that my current regime at @RCARecords is not the same one who forced me to work w/ Dr. Luke… Peter Edge is rad & a good dude!”
According to E! Online, Clarkson claimed that her previous label actually forced her to work with Dr. Luke on an album. Although she produced hit songs like “Since U Been Gone” with the music producer, she explained how Dr. Luke wasn’t the greatest person to work with.
“The last time I worked with him I got blackmailed by my label. They were like, ‘We will not put your album out if you don’t do this.’ It was really hard for me. I try to make the best of the situation… He’s not a good person, to me. We’ve clashed before. He’s difficult to work with, he’s kind of demeaning.”
Dr. Luke, who also goes by his real name, Lukasz Gottwald, is currently in a heated legal dispute with Ke$ha. Ke$ha claimed that Dr. Luke sexually assaulted her after secretly giving her drugs. So far, Dr. Luke has refuted the rape accusations and claimed that Ke$ha is just after money.
Meanwhile, Us Magazine is reporting that Dr. Luke’s reputation stems from being an overly demanding producer. In his book about his career in music, Clive Davis wrote about Clarkson’s interactions with Dr. Luke and Max Martin.
“Max and Luke are very strong, hands-on producers in the studio. They are intent on getting perfect vocal performances, and are relentless in that pursuit… It was hard for Kelly, who had come from the high of winning American Idol and then having a double platinum album. You’re young, everybody recognizes you everywhere you go. It’s heady, and all that attention affects all Idol winners.”
That being said, Kelly Clarkson is one of many celebrities who have come to support Ke$ha in her case against Dr. Luke. According to People, this includes the likes of Lady Gaga, who discussed the issue during an interview with Carson Daly.
In particular, Gaga started off by explaining how there are details about the case that haven’t been released. Gaga added that sexual assault is a common occurrence in the music industry, making it important for her to support Ke$ha in any way possible. Gaga’s support for Ke$ha included a photo she uploaded to Instagram of the two singers posing together. The image was taken shortly after Ke$ha’s initial filing of the case.
“I think that people should just know that there’s so much more than what meets the eye in a case like that… I feel like she’s being very publicly shamed for something that happens in the music industry all the time, to women and men. I just want to stand by her side because I can’t watch another woman that went through what I’ve been through suffer.”
Gaga went on to explain how it is difficult to seek justice for sexual assault in the music industry, especially since there is not official branch of the industry that deals with such matters. This creates a situation where the artists have to fight for themselves.
In addition to Gaga, several other celebrities have stepped forward to back Ke$ha during her legal struggles. This includes Adele and Taylor Swift, who have both publicly announced their support for Ke$ha in recent weeks.
Tell us! With all of the support from music industry vets like Kelly Clarkson, do you think that Ke$ha will eventually be allowed to record new music without Dr. Luke? Let us know in the comments.
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