Dr. Luke Has Been Dropped By Sony!
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 26, 2017,
Apr 26, 2017, 1:53
Kesha performing at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas.
Sony has severed ties with embattled producer Dr. Luke, according to the Hollywood Reporter - which might at first appear like vindication for pop star Kesha, who has been fighting him in court for years.
For months, rumors have circulated that Sony might drop the controversial hitmaker, whose credits include chart-topping singles like Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball". Certainly, the culmination of Dr. Luke's deal with Sony will be spotlighted as the case moves forward. "His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up". The report did not give a reason for the split.
Attorneys for Dr. Luke and Sony declined to comment on the story, adds THR, while reps for Kesha reps were unavailable for comment. That year, Luke filed a complaint against Kesha for failing to work on a third album as required under her contract. She claimed that he had drugged, raped and traumatized her through relentless emotional abuse, which led her to develop an eating disorder. And though this may seem like a huge win for Team Kesha, Dr. Luke's defamation suit could be bolstered by any evidence (like this announcement) that her claims have hurt his career and reputation.
Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe Records, has been housed under Sony Music since 2011, when he signed a deal with the label that reportedly would pay him $60 million over five years for writing and producing exclusively for their artists, in addition to the creation of his own imprint.
But her efforts haven't been as well-received in court. It sounds like Dr. Luke is still the only one who can break that contract with her.
"The end of this contract means that Sony may no longer have any role in the creation of Kesha's music, leaving Kesha's livelihood in the hands of a person aiming to bankrupt her and her family through litigation, cutting off her legitimately earned income, and personally humiliating her as he has done for years", Kesha's lawyers continued in the documents.
Their court battle has drawn considerable publicity since 2014, when Kesha accused Dr. Luke of giving her a pill that made her unconscious before raping her in a hotel room in 2005, shortly after her 18th birthday.